By Amanda DiPaolo
When Shea Weber made the trip to represent Nashville at the All-Star Game festivities, it was a time for the captain to have fun and enjoy seeing players and friends from around the League. Now back in Nashville, it’s back to business as usual for the captain of the Nashville Predators.
When asked whether it would be tough switching gears away from Raleigh, back to the regular season, Weber realistically replied, “We don’t have a choice. It’s going to be a short race to the finish, just like after the Olympic Break last year.”
Very true. The Predators have played 50 games this season and will play the remaining 32 games in a ten-week span. Nashville has played a League-low 20 home games which means 21 of their remaining 32 games will be played on home ice.
Nashville returns to action tonight against the red-hot Calgary Flames. Having won four in a row, and now with 54 points, Calgary is just two points behind 8th place San Jose. In contrast, the Predators lost their last two games before the break, including a game against the Flames in Calgary.
“We need to be focused,” Weber said of Tuesday night’s contest, “Calgary is a hot team right now so we need to make sure we are on our game.”
The Predators have faced Calgary twice this season and have lost both games. On October 16th, Pekka Rinna and Miikka Kiprusoff battled through regulation to a 0-0 draw. Rene Bourque scored in overtime to give Calgary the two points. More recently, on January 23rd, Calgary beat Nashville 3-1. The Predators gave up more than one power play goal and were shorthanded more than five times for the first time since losing to Toronto November 14th.
Game time at Bridgestone Arena is 7 pm CT. Tickets are still available.
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