Flames are spoilers once again. With losses in thre
13-07-2019, 03:39 PM
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(SportsNetwork.com) - The Calgary Flames are spoilers once again. With losses in three straight and seven of their last 10 games, the Nashville Predators have seriously damaged their already slim playoff chances. The Predators hope to boost their fading postseason hopes when they visit the Flames for Fridays clash at the Saddledome. Calgary is one of only two teams behind the Predators in the Western Conference standings. With only 12 games left in its regular-season schedule, Nashville is 11 points behind Phoenix for the last wild card berth in the West. The Flames, who trail Nashville by five points in the standings, can win the season series against the Preds on Friday. Nashville earned a 4-2 home win on Jan. 14, but Calgary responded 10 days later with a 5-4 shootout victory at the Saddledome. Nashville has won six of nine in the series overall, but the Flames have claimed three straight and five of the last six encounters in Calgary. Although the Flames are headed for a fifth straight year out of the playoffs, the club has played solid hockey of late, picking up their third win in four games with Tuesdays home victory over Buffalo. Mike Cammalleri and Paul Byron scored in the third period to help the Flames earn the 3-1 decision, while Calgarys Joni Ortio, in his eighth NHL start, outdueled Buffalos Nathan Lieuwen. Ortio gave up one goal on four shots in the first period -- Drew Staffords wraparound after a Calgary turnover behind the net -- and only needed to record 13 saves for the win. Joe Colborne scored the other goal for the Flames in the second period. "The boys regrouped between the first and second and we skated so much better. We saw our team working and making great plays," Flames head coach Bob Hartley said. The win pushed Calgarys record on home ice this season to 16-16-3. The Flames will visit Edmonton on Saturday before returning to the Saddledome for a three-game homestand against San Jose, Anaheim and the New York Rangers. With an average of 2.34 goals per game, the Predators offence has been a sore spot for the club all season long. The problem has been magnified of late, as Nashville has been held to one goal or less in seven of its past 10 games. The Preds have notched a total of two goals during their current three-game slide and the club was shut out Wednesday night in Vancouver, dropping a 2-0 decision against the Canucks. That setback came one day after Nashville opened a four-game road trip with a 5-1 loss to the Edmonton Oilers, the bottom team in the Western Conference. Rookie goaltender Eddie Lack of the Canucks made 30 saves to frustrate the Predators on Wednesday. Nashville failed to score despite having four power- play opportunities, including two in the third period. Carter Hutton turned aside 20-of-22 shots for the Predators to take a tough- luck loss. "Weve got to get some goals for our goaltender," Predators coach Barry Trotz said. "Carter Hutton had a good game for us. We need some production from our forwards. Weve got virtually zero. If our defense arent scoring, were not scoring it seems like." Nashville lost forward Paul Gaustad to an upper-body injury on Wednesday and he expects to miss tonights contest. Gaustad has nine goals and seven assists in 70 games this season. The Preds recalled Calle Jarnkrok from the Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL and the forward is set to make his NHL debut on Friday. Jarnkrok was acquired from Detroit before the trade deadline in the deal that sent David Legwand to the Red Wings. The 22-year-old Swede has compiled 43 points (18 goals, 25 assists) in 62 total AHL games with Milwaukee and the Grand Rapids Griffins this season. 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Now, it is instead a suspended game that will resume at 4:05 p.Quinn started his NHL career playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs, playing in Ontarios capital for two seasons. Of course, Quinn later went on to serve as coach/GM of the Leafs, as well, taking the team as far as the Eastern Finals. #53131659 / gettyimages.com In 1998 the Toronto Maple Leafs drafted Nik Antropov 10th overall, Quinns first season as head coach with the Leafs. Antropov went on to play in each of the seven seasons in which Quinn coached the Leafs. #79266373 / gettyimages.com In 1972 Quinn was selected in the NHL expansion Draft once again, this time by the Atlanta Flames. Quinn played five seasons with the Flames before retiring from his NHL playing career in 1977 due to an ankle injury. #79266371 / gettyimages.com Quinn pictured in 1970 displaying strong mustache game during his playing days with the Atlanta Flames. #165003423 / gettyimages.com Domi and Quinn back in 2001 sharing a laugh in practice. Like Antropov, Domi was another prominent role player on the Maple Leafs during Quinns time with the team.In 1994 as coach of the Vancouver Canucks, Quinn lead the franchise to the Stanley Cup final. The Canucks trip to the finals is widely remembered for their heartbreaking defeat in seven games, but many credit Quinn for getting the team there in the first place.Heres a card hockey fans will want to keep their hands on: A 1969-70 O-Pee-Chee Pat Quinn rookie card.Hard nosed as a player aand as a coach, Quinn was toughness personified.ddddddddddddFollowing Monday mornings sad news, there has been an out pour of tweets in memoriam of Quinn from the hockey community, including players, executives, media members and even from the Prime Minister. Pat Quinn was a giant of the hockey world, on the ice and off. Laureen and I extend our condolences to his family. pic.twitter.com/2tKpCsDBC6 — Stephen Harper (@pmharper) November 24, 2014 My prayers are with Pat Quinns family. He was tough, smart, kind, and Irish, the hockey world will miss him deeply: pic.twitter.com/dSVjVsziR9 — Brian Burke (@Burkie2020) November 24, 2014 Weve lost a hockey legend. Our thoughts are with the families and friends of Pat Quinn. pic.twitter.com/ZcuxoAuxyL — EA SPORTS NHL (@EASPORTSNHL) November 24, 2014 Pat Quinn hated the trap, loved speed and skill, was a fantastic storyteller, and made more people love hockey. Hockey needs more Pat Quinns — Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) November 24, 2014 Our thoughts and condolences are with the family and friends of former #LAKings coach and NHL legend Pat Quinn. pic.twitter.com/Ua0ytgdnwy — LA Kings (@LAKings) November 24, 2014From his signature gum chewing behind the bench, to his calm but imposing demoner in a press conferences, there may never be another hockey figure quite like Pat Quinn. The "Big Irishman" will forever live amongst the legends in the game of hockey. 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