Morning Skate Report: Flames vs. Predators
There's no question that Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne is one of the best in the business.
The 29 year-old has been the Preds MVP thus far this season, posting a 2.58 GAA and a .920 save percentage. He's gone 18-10-4 this year and with blueliner Shea Weber out of the mix with a concussion the last few games, Rinne has risen to the occasion and allowed his team to enter the new year on a two-game winning streak.
The Flames know that beating the netminder won't be an easy task but they feel their strategy going into tonight's game will allow them to snap a couple of pucks past him.
"It's the simple things," Brendan Morrison said. "Get pucks to the net. Get traffic in front. Get after rebounds."
The Flames shot totals have dipped a bit in their last few outings and that is something Jokinen feels needs to be rectified.
"We need to get a lot more shots than the last few games. We've got to try to get 30-plus shots."
The Flames and Predators play a very similar style of game and that often results in games being decided by a single goal. The Predators have won two of the three games played in the season series by 2-0 and 2-1 scores while the Flames victory was a 1-0 effort.
"You've got to be able to play tight defence against them," Jokinen offered. "Try to get that first goal and play with the lead. It's a very good team when they get a lead."
Calgary got off to a 3-0 start in Ottawa on Friday before falling 4-3 to the Senators in overtime. While they were happy with their start in the nation's capital, Morrison stated the team absolutely cannot allow the defensive slip-ups like the one's in Ottawa.
"They like to clamp down and play a very patient game," he warned. "When we're good, we're doing that.
"That means being very disciplined as far as keeping a guy high, not allowing odd-man rushes, all those things. You know a small mistake can lead to a goal and that can be the difference in the game."