The Flames look to avoid a fourth consecutive loss, while trying for their fourth win in a row over the Predators when the teams meet Tuesday night at the Sommet Center.
Calgary (22-16-8) fell 2-1 at Edmonton on Sunday for its third straight loss since winning five in a row. Though the Flames have scored just six goals during the skid after scoring 20 on their recent winning run, they’ve lost by a combined four goals in going 0-2-1 in their last three contests.
“In our last few games, let’s be honest, we’ve slipped a bit and we have to get back at it,” said Calgary captain and leading scorer Jarome Iginla, who had an assist Sunday after being held without a point in his previous two contests.
A visit to Nashville, however, could help the Flames turn things around as they try to beat the Predators (21-19-4) for the third time this season. Calgary has outscored Nashville 12-5 in winning at home and at the Sommet Center in 2007-08.
Iginla, who assisted on Daymond Langkow’s goal Sunday, has three goals and two assists against Nashville this season. He had two goals and an assist in a 5-1 home win on Oct. 30 in the teams’ most recent meeting.
Langkow, who has three points in his last two games overall, had two assists in the Oct. 30 matchup with the Predators and a goal and two assists in the Flames’ 7-4 victory at Nashville on Oct. 13. Calgary snapped a seven-game road winless streak in the series with that win.
Miikka Kiprusoff made 29 saves, but lost his third in a row Sunday to drop to 22-14-8 with a 2.83 goals-against average. He could start again Tuesday as he looks for his fourth straight victory over Nashville.
The Predators lost in a shootout for the second straight game, 3-2 at home to Chicago on Sunday. Nashville has dropped three of its last four after winning three in a row.
“Obviously, it’s two points we lost and we certainly need any point we can get right now,” Nashville’s David Legwand told the team’s official Web site. “We have to keep moving forward.”
Legwand had a goal and an assist Sunday for the Predators, who continue to be inconsistent on offense. Nashville has scored three times in its last two games since a 7-0 win at Los Angeles last Tuesday.
“We have to find ways to stop that puck, and the other guys have to find ways to score so we can (secure) those vital two points,” said Nashville backup goaltender Dan Ellis, who made 28 saves Sunday but lost his second straight start after winning three in a row.
Chris Mason could get the start Tuesday for the Predators, though he is 1-2-1 with a 3.96 GAA against the Flames, losing his last three outings versus them.