The Flames completed the year 2008 in a glamorous fashion as they defeated the Oilers 6-4 on New Yearâ€™s Eve. In this hard earned victory, there were a couple of notable insights apparent in their performance: They scored three times on man advantage; Captain Jarome Iginla ended his scoring drought as he and Michael Cammalleri scored twice to create the fire power for their team; Adrian Aucoin and Dustin Boyd also chipped in to extend the scoring gap. Subsequently, the festive month ended with a total of 8 wins and 5 losses. As the New Year embarks, the Flames commence their first game on the road against Nashville Predators.
Statistical perspective: The Predators are 17-16-3 with a home record of 10-4-1 while the Flames are 22-11-4 with a road record of 9-7-1. Although the Predators have won more games on home ice, they have won fewer games in total than the Flames (17:22). In effect, the Flames had defeated them during the last two encounters on October 23 and November 6th. More importantly, since the Predatorâ€™s power play (13.73%) and penalty killing (82.39%) units are not as sharp comparatively, the Flames may certainly excel their opponents in these two aspects as they are demonstrating more offensive power on man advantage and penalty killing (i.e..18.97%: 85:19%). A win in Nashville will extend their winning streak to five games in a row.
Sportsnet (SNET-W) will televise this afternoon game on January 3rd at 1:00 pm. An exclusive play by play coverage will be hosted by Peter Maher and Mike Rogers on Calgary Flames Radio, The Fan 960.