With the season winding to an end, the Flames head into Nashville tonight to face the Preds, looking for a season-high fourth straight win. The Predators on the other hand have struggled down the stretch, going 1-7-2 in their last ten, and currently sit in 14th place in the Western Conference, just two points ahead of the Colorado Avalanche.
The Battle of Alberta is re-ignited tonight with the Flames heading up north to meet their provincial rivals, the Edmonton Oilers. They are connected by the same highway but that is about the only thing these two have in common with each team heading in opposite directions in the standings. The Oilers currently sit in a tie for 10th, one point out of the playoffs, while the Flames sit 14th, just two points ahead of the 30th place Florida Panthers.
The Flames will look for their sixth straight win at the Dome tonight when they host the Nashville Predators. The Flames are coming off a huge third period against the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday that saw them score three goals on their way to a 5-2 victory. The Preds come into town for the second game of a back-to-back after losing 7-4 to the Canucks last night in Vancouver.
Following Robyn Regehr and Ales Kotalik out the Scotiabank Saddledome door this summer is yet another high-priced contract in Daymond Langkow.
Set to make $4.5 million this season and coming off a near career-ending injury, the 35-year-old certainly wasn't getting any younger.
Sure, Langkow is a serviceable, reliable veteran who can play anywhere from the first to the third line without a peep or complaint, but, simply put, he was not in the long term plans of the team. Flames general manager Jay Feaster most likely saw a chance to shed some more salary and give the Flames added flexibility heading into the new season, while keeping the team competitive.