(SportsNetwork.com) - After snapping the longest home losing streak in
franchise history, the Calgary Flames will try to create some momentum on
their current residency as they tangle with the Nashville Predators on Friday
The Flames snapped a seven-game skid as the hosting club on Wednesday, holding
on for a 3-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes. Calgary had been outscored 22-4
and shut out four times over its home skid, but Matt Stajan's goal late in the
second period held up as the winner versus the Coyotes.
Rookie Sean Monahan netted his team-leading 14th goal, Lance Bouma also scored
and Karri Ramo made 30 saves as the Flames snapped a four-game overall slide
with their first win at home since Dec. 23 versus St. Louis.
"We needed that," said Stajan, who signed a four-year, $14 million contract
extension on Monday. "We've been fighting it here on home ice, there's no
secret to that. We got some timely goals and Ramo did a good job there. And as
a team, we didn't give up much. Most of the shots were from the outside. We
can start building off that one."
The Flames play the second contest of their five-game homestand tonight and
are expected to give Ramo the start again. He faced the Predators for the
first time in his career on Jan. 14, giving up four goals on 34 shots in a 4-2
Lee Stempniak and Mikael Backlund had the goals in a losing effort, with Jiri
Hudler assisting on both. Ryan Ellis and Craig Smith scored within the first
2:40 of the third period for the Predators, who won their third straight over
Carter Hutton made 22 saves for Nashville in the rookie's first ever encounter
The Preds have lost two straight, four of five and eight of their last 12 in
Calgary, but are coming off Thursday's 2-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks
that was Nashville's first this season when trailing after two periods.
The Predators were 0-21-2 in games when they trailed after 40 minutes, but
Nick Spaling assisted on Smith's tying goal before netting the game-winner at
the 12:38 mark of the frame.
Spaling fed Smith with a behind-the-net pass 3:28 into the third period and
put home his winner by deflecting a shot by rookie defenseman Seth Jones'
"We fell behind early, but it was a good job of staying with it and we managed
to come back," Spaling said.
Nashville claimed the opener of a four-game road trip and has won two straight
as well as four of its last five games. The club last won three in a row from
Last night featured the Predators debut of defenseman Michael Del Zotto,
acquired from the New York Rangers in a trade a day earlier for blueliner
Del Zotto was paired with Jones and logged 13:15 of ice time, though the
offensive-minded defender did not see power play time.
Though Hutton won his fourth straight start, yielding seven goals in that
span, the Predators could still opt to give Devan Dubnyk his second start in a
Nashville uniform tonight.
Acquired earlier this month from Edmonton, Dubnyk yielded five goals on 29
shots on Jan. 18 in a loss to Colorado in his Nashville debut.
However, Dubnyk is 6-4-2 with a 2.27 goals against average in his career
versus the Flames, shutting them out with 27 saves when he faced them on Dec.
27 with the Oilers.
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