Predators suffer season's first shutout in loss at Calgary

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 at 12:19am
Staff reports

Pekka Rinne stopped 28 of 29 shots, but the Nashville Predators were held scoreless for the first time this season in a 1-0 loss to the Calgary Flames on Tuesday at Calgary.

Only once has Nashville gone deeper into a season before being blanked for the first time. That was in 2005-06 when it took until the 38th game (Jan. 3). This was the 24th contest of this season.

The Predators have lost five of the last six overall and three of four on the current five-game road tip, which concludes Thursday at Vancouver. They have scored just seven goals in their last five outings.

Calgary’s Miika Kiprusoff made 26 saves for his third career shutout of Nashville. The last was Oct. 19, 2010, also a 1-0 contest albeit one that was decided in overtime. He also had one in 2009-10.

Rinne lost his fifth straight decision, the last four in regulation. He was rested a night earlier in Nashville’s 2-1 victory at Edmonton.

Rinne’s first shutout of the season came against the Flames on Oct. 22. He made 33 saves that night in a 2-0 Nashville victory.

Derek Smith scored the only goal — the first of his career — with 1:10 to play in the first period. The secondary assist went to Jerome Iginla, which gave him 53 career points (28 goals, 25 assists) against Nashville.

Briefly

• Nashville recalled forward Kyle Wilson prior to the game but the 26-year-old was scratched.

Wilson, one of the last players sent down at the end of the preseason, was tied for the team lead in points (13) at Milwaukee and led the Admirals in assists.