Preview #51: Third Time’s The Charm — Predators vs. Flames

By Amanda DiPaolo

Season Records

Calgary Flames 24-21-6
Nashville Predators 27-17-6

(AP) Rinne, named NHL’s Third Star for the month of January

The Nashville Predators host the Calgary Flames on Tuesday night as NHL action resumes after the five-day All-Star break came to an end. The Predators entered the break having lost their previous two games. Calgary has won its last four games.

The Predators will play 21 of their remaining 32 games on home ice, starting with the Flames on Tuesday night. The game starts at 7 pm CT at Bridgestone Arena.

Tonight’s game will be the third time the two teams will meet this season. They play one more game in Calgary at the start of March. The Predators are still looking for their first win against the Flames this year. On October 16th, the two starting goaltenders were the stars each team expects them to be as Pekka Rinna and Miikka Kiprusoff kept the game scoreless through regulation. Rene Bourque scored in overtime to give Calgary the win. Just last week, on January 23rd, Calgary beat Nashville 3-1.

There was a lot of news came out of the Predators’ camp on Monday.

Matt Halischuk and Chris Mueller were recalled by Nashville from Milwaukee. Both forwards were sent down to Nashville’s AHL affiliate during the All-Star weekend. Halischuk and Mueller play on the fourth line with JP Dumont and have generated some chemistry between the three players.

The team also announced that Francis Bouillon and Marek Svatos have been placed on injured reserve. Josh Cooper of The Tennessean confirmed on Twitter that Bouillon is out with a concussion. TSN.ca reports that Svatos had arthroscopic knee surgery.

The NHL and NHLPA also announced on Monday that Jordin Tootoo had been cleared to resume practising with the team while he continues to undergo outpatient care. Tootoo is not cleared to play, nor is he cleared to travel with the team.

Two members of the Predators organization were honored with awards recently. Pekka Rinne was named the NHL’s Third Star for the month of January. Patrice Bergeron of the Bruins and Phoenix’ Keith Yandle were the First and Second stars respectively.

Predators Dan Redmond was named Trainer of the Year by the Tennessee Athletic Trainer’s Society. Redmond has been with Nashville since 1998-1999, the Predators inaugural season.

“This award could not have been bestowed on a better person,” Predators Head Coach Barry Trotz said. “In the 20 years I have worked with Dan, he has exemplified professionalism and ethics to the highest standard. Dan’s work is a model for athletic training and the honor is well deserved.”

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