Game Day: Calgary Flames at Nashville Predators

 

Keep your eyes on Michael Cammalleri and Filip Forsberg

 
 
 
 
Michael Cammalleri has five points in his last four games and now leads the Flames in scoring with 32 points in 42 games.
 

Michael Cammalleri has five points in his last four games and now leads the Flames in scoring with 32 points in 42 games.

Photograph by: Leah Hennel, Calgary Herald

Calgary Flames (19-22-4) at Nashville Predators (15-21-9)

6 p.m., Bridgestone Arena

TV: Sportsnet West

Radio: FAN 960

THE FLAMES

KEEP YOUR EYE ON

RW MICHAEL CAMMALLERI

A greybeard with this bunch, the veteran has picked up his pace. Five points in four games, including a pair Sunday.

DEPTH CHART

S. Baertschi M. Backlund M. Cammalleri

J. Hudler R. Horak M. Reinhart P. Byron B. Street L. Stempniak

T. Jackman M. Stajan B. Hanowski

M. Giordano C. Sarich

T.J. Brodie M. Cundari

C. Butler B. Carson M. Kiprusoff

J. MacDonald

THE INJURIES

D Derek Smith (knee), D Dennis Wideman (finger), LW Alex Tanguay (knee), LW Curtis Glencross (knee), LW Steve Begin (upper body)

THE PREDATORS

KEEP YOUR EYE ON

RW FILIP FORSBERG

A 2012 first-rounder, the highly regarded forward came to Nashville in exchange for Martin Erat. No points, minus-four, three games.

DEPTH CHART

S. Kostitsyn N. Spaling C. Smith

T. Beck D. Legwand F. Forsberg

R. Clune C. Mueller M. Halischuk

D. Bang A. Watson B. Butler

R. Josi S. Weber

V. Bartley H. Gill

M. Ekholm J. Blum

P. Rinne

C. Mason

THE INJURIES

C Colin Wilson (shoulder), C Paul Gaustad (shoulder), C Mike Fisher (hand), LW Gabriel Bourque (knee), RW Patric Hornqvist (upper body), RW Brandon Yip (lower body)

FIVE THINGS TO WATCH

1. T.J. IS A-OK — A rare example of savvy drafting during the Darryl Sutter era, D T.J. Brodie is a product of the 2008 fourth round — thanks to a conditional pick the Flames received in the swap that sent D Andrew Ference/RW Chuck Kobasew to Boston in exchange for D Brad Stuart/C Wayne Primeau. Now Brodie is looking like the real deal. “He’s really taking some huge steps in becoming a leader on our blue line,” said coach Bob Hartley. “He’s taking advantage of the situation with the departure of (Jay) Bouwmeester. ” It’s worth noting Brodie is two months younger than newbie Mark Cundari, who got into his first NHL game Sunday.

2. RINNE GETS NOD — The Nashville chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association has nominated G Pekka Rinne for the Bill Masterton Memorial Award, which is “awarded annually to the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication.” Rinne was drafted in the eighth round in 2004 — 252 picks after the first goalie taken, Al Montoya, 6th overall, to the N.Y. Rangers. From there, the Finn developed into one of the league’s premier puck-stoppers. “It shows a couple things,” said coach Barry Trotz. “That the draft is the draft ... and that people develop at different rates.”

3. GILL HONOURED — It’s not quite the Norris Trophy, but D Hal Gill has landed the Nashville PHWA’s media recognition award — kind of a good-guy nod. Previous winners were Shane O’Brien (2010-11) and Jerred Smithson (2011-12). The plaque prominently features Terry Crisp’s hockey card from the 1972-73 season. A former Flames coach, Crisp is a hockey analyst in Music City. “Amazing names — O’Brien, Smithson, Crispy,” Gill crowed when the honour was announced. “It was a pleasure talking to you guys.”

4. PREDS STINK — Nashville, believe it or not, is 1-8-3 in its last dozen — with only four of those dates being on the road. Winless in eight, they haven’t tasted success in three weeks. Firings ahoy? Apparently not. “It doesn’t call for, in my view, a wholesale change and we’re going to clean house and start over. We’re not doing that,” Predators chairman Tom Cigarran told The Tennessean. “We have to get our players, who are really good players, healthy and playing again. We need to get some of our young kids to continue to develop.”

5. INS, OUTS, WHAT-HAVE-YOUS — Nashville’s attack is one of the league’s feeblest, 29th overall, with a nightly output of 2.27. Calgary is 11th ... Nashville has been blanked a league-high nine times ... Defensively, however, it’s the Flames who are 29th. In fact, they’re one of only two teams without a shutout this season ... After hanging three power-play goals — in three tries — on Minnesota, Calgary is eighth-best with the man-advantage. Nashville’s penalty-killing is rated 29th.

 
 
 
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Michael Cammalleri has five points in his last four games and now leads the Flames in scoring with 32 points in 42 games.
 

Michael Cammalleri has five points in his last four games and now leads the Flames in scoring with 32 points in 42 games.

Photograph by: Leah Hennel, Calgary Herald

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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