Calgary (37-20-8) at Nashville (39-19-8)

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  • Game info: 8:00 pm EST Sat Mar 18, 2006
  • TV: FSS
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Two of the league’s best goaltenders are expected to square off when Tomas Vokoun and the Nashville Predators meet Miikka Kiprusoff and the Calgary Flames.

Vokoun and Kiprusoff each have 33 wins, tying them for second in league behind Marty Turco, who has 35 wins for Dallas.

But since the Olympic break ended, Vokoun has been the better netminder, posting a 5-0-2 mark with a 1.55 goals-against average—and shutouts in his last two starts.

Kiprusoff is 4-2-1 with a 1.85 GAA and two shutouts. One of those losses was a 3-2 decision March 7 against Nashville.

After making 31 saves Tuesday in a 5-0 win over Vancouver, Vokoun followed that with a 24-save effort Thursday in a 2-0 win over Phoenix.

“We have improved our game and the results are showing,” Vokoun said. “We have been playing much smarter.”

Nashville has won seven of its last eight at home and has the Western Conference’s best record on home ice at 25-6-1. The Predators have already set a franchise record for wins, and need one more to reach 40 for the first time.

“We have to get as many points as can right now,” coach Barry Trotz said. “We have to get some separation. We have a lot of teams playing each other in the Western Conference. We are going to gain some ground on someone.”

Nashville in fourth place in the Western Conference, six points ahead of Colorado. The teams will not meet again in the regular season.

Calgary has alternated wins and losses in its last six games, but remains atop the Northwest Division, two points ahead of Colorado and four in front of Edmonton and Vancouver.

The Flames failed to pad their lead after a 3-2 overtime loss Thursday to the Oilers that started a season-high seven-game road trip.

Kiprusoff gave up the tying goal to Jarret Stoll at 7:12 of the third before Shawn Horcoff netted the game-winner 3:04 into overtime.

The Flames went 0-for-7 on the power play against the Oilers. They have scored just one man-advantage goal in their last 19 opportunities.

“We knew we needed a big goal from a power play and we had our chances and just couldn’t find the back of the net there,” said Calgary’s Matthew Lombardi, who scored a first-period goal. “So we just have to keep working hard and getting pucks to the net and focus on our next game.”

Calgary has four losses and a tie in its last five meetings with Nashville.

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