It’s nice to play a team who is worse than you. It doesn’t take many brains to figure that out. The Flames don’t need to play spoilers anymore! It’s impossible to spoil a Nashville Predators season that is already miserable. The Preds’ are sitting in 14th place in the Western Conference at 39 points with a 15-21-9 record and 11 points out of a playoff position. Friday, Nashville took the Blackhawks to overtime but couldn’t win it and ended up losing 5-4. A win tonight would be the clubs first point-streak since March 25. The Predators last win came on April 2 against the Avalanche.
The Flames, on the other hand, are quite hot. Winners in 5 of its last 6 games and feeling confident about playing a team with no playoff hopes likewise. The Flames will mix up the lines a whole lot tonight as 6 of the 7 players called up form the AHL will be in the lineup. The players called up from the AHL are bolded.
Baertschi – Reinhart – Cervenka
Hudler – Horak – Aliu
Bancks – Byron – McGrattan
Hanowski – Street – Jones
Giordano – Carson
Brodie – Cundari
Butler – Babchuk
It’s still unknown when or if goalie Leland Irving will get a start. He was recently called up from Abbotsford last week.
“It’s not about spoiling. It’s just about playing hard and winning,” said goalie Joey MacDonald. “We’ve got a lot of young guys here trying to prove a point for next year.”
It’s the final road trip of the season and the Flames want to close it with 3-straight wins. Calgary is in St. Louis on Thursday and ends the season Friday night in Chicago.
Prediction: Flames young guys get it done and win 5-2. Kiprusoff stand on his head stopping 40 shots. Bancks nets one as do Carson and Cervenka while Hudler scores twice.