The Calgary Flames will be looking to silence fans in Nashville tonight, as they visit Bridgestone Arena to face the Predators in their home opener.
Calgary bounced back from a season opening loss in Vancouver on Wednesday, to beat those very same Canucks in a Hockey Night in Canada barn-burner on Saturday night. The game was full of scoring, including three markers on the powerplay, and the Flames storming back in the third period with four unanswered goals. The 7-4 win had home opener attendees buzzing about the season ahead as they left the Scotiabank Saddledome; but local Flames fans will have to wait until October 17th for more home ice action.
Tonight’s contest in Nashville kicks off a three game road trip that will also see Calgary visit St. Louis and Colorado.
Mike Smith will get the start in net, but the rest of the lineup is expected to look a little different from Saturday. Dalton Prout is out and Rasmus Andresson will play his first game of the year, on a pairing with rookie defenceman Jusso Valimaki. Up front the bottom six has been shuffled around, with Dillon Dube moving to the middle to centre Sam Bennett and James Neal, and Anthony Peluso drawing in on the fourth line with Derek Ryan and Michael Frolik. Mark Jankowski is the odd man out, he’ll be taking this one in from the press box.
Flames Projected Lines:
Gaudreau – Monahan – Lindholm
Tkachuk – Backlund – Czarnik
Bennett – Dube – Neal
Frolik – Ryan – Peluso
Giordano – Brodie
Hanifin – Stone
Valimaki – Andersson
The Predators will prove a tough test for the Flames, as they have opened their season with back-to-back wins. Last year’s Vezina Trophy winner Pekka Rinne is expected to get the start.
Puck drops at 6:00MT.
— Danica Ferris