SUN Hockey Pool

Flames Game Day

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 8:51 AM ET

7 P.M., SADDLEDOME, RSW/FAN 960

NASHVILLE PREDATORS (28-18-1)

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CALGARY FLAMES (26-15-6)

COMING IN

Another performance greatly outshooting the opposition didn't pay off for the Flames last time out, as they dropped a 3-1 game to Sidney Crosby -- and Marc-Andre Fleury -- of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Calgary is in a 1-3-1 rut and struggling to score goals.The Predators are looking for a Western Canada sweep, having already beaten Vancouver and Edmonton this week. Nashville has won three of four since losing to Calgary at home Jan 5.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

Calgary has taken two of three already this season against the Predators, who are one-point up on the Flames. The Flames won both meetings in Music City, U.S.A., including a 3-1 victory 10 days ago, but lost the only meeting in the Stampede City, 5-3 last month. The Flames have won six of the last seven meetings and nine of the past 12 encounters.

SPECIAL TEAMS

POWERPLAY -- Calgary 16.6% (27-163, 24th); Nashville 16.7% (29-174, 23rd).

PENALTY KILLING -- Calgary 84.1% (8th); Nashville 76.5% (27th).

INJURIES

FLAMES -- None

PREDATORS -- C Jason Arnott (undisclosed), C Jerred Smithson (hand), RW Jordin Tootoo (foot).

QUOTE TO NOTE

"You definitely have to fight the frustration. It's not a useful emotion. You get disheartened, so you fight it. At the end of games it doesn't feel good when you didn't get a win and you feel like it's so close, but we stay with it, keep pushing and staying positive, we're going to find ways to score goals. We have before and keep doing things, we will again."

-- Jarome Iginla

Keep your eye on these two players in tonight's game

MARK GIORDANO, DEFENCE

Giordano continues to be the bright light on a blueline which had three players given Olympic consideration. The lone Flames goal scorer in Wednesday's loss to Pittsburgh was victimized on Sidney Crosby's goal but rebounded for a powerplay tally.

PATRIC HORNQVIST, RIGHT-WING

The final pick of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Hornqvist is maybe the hottest player in the NHL. He has scored goals in four of his last five games, 12 in his last 14. He's coming off a two-point night in Edmonton, which gives him 18 points (12-6-18) in 15 games.


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