Monday, January 31, 2011

Preds Finally Return Home

The Predators will finally return to the friendly confines of Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday night as they face the Calgary Flames, who have been a thorn in the side of Nashville so far this year. Calgary has won each of the previous two games the two teams have played this year. Miikka Kiprusoff has played exceptionally well against the Predators and Nashville hasn't helped themselves in either game. The offensive effort really wasn't there in either game.

My Predator to watch in Tuesday night's game is Martin Erat. Erat has 22 points in 28 career games against Calgary. Another interesting stat is that Pekka Rinne is yet to defeat the Calgary Flames in his career.

My Calgary Flame to watch for Tuesday night's game is Miikka Kiprusoff. In the two previous games against Nashville this year, Kiprusoff has only given up one goal. I'd expect this game to be a pretty low-scoring affair once again.

Nashville sits in 4th place in the Western Conference going into this game, while Calgary sits in 12th place. This game will be one of 13 games played in the NHL on Tuesday night. The Preds have Philadelphia and Detroit coming up later on this week. Tuesday night's game against Calgary will start at 7:00 P.M., and will be televised on FS-Tennessee.