By Jim Diamond
As a result of Monday’s Presidents Day holiday, Tuesday may have had a very Monday feeling to it for many who had the holiday off from work. That is until those attending and covering the Predators home game against the visiting Calgary Flames entered Bridgestone Arena Tuesday. That’s because, well, all of the Predators home games against the Flames come on Tuesdays. At least it seems that way anyway.
Tuesday night was Calgary’s 34th all-time visit to Nashville, the 14th of which came on a Tuesday. That may be fewer than half of their trips to Bridgestone, but the recent history shows the Tuesday visits are much more common as of late.
With the 6-5 overtime loss Tuesday night, it marked the ninth Tuesday home game against Calgary in the last 12 times they have played in Nashville, including five of the last six.
The longest streak of Tuesday home games against Calgary you ask? It’s four consecutive times January 5, 2010, October 19, 2010, February 1, 2011, and December 13, 2011.
The Predators are now 6-3-5 in their 14 Tuesday home games against Calgary. The last three have gone past regulation time, with Nashville dropping two of the games in overtime and one in a shootout.
No matter the day, bizarre things happen when these teams get together. Filip Forsberg recorded a hat trick Tuesday night. He becomes the second Predator to get a hat trick against Calgary in a losing effort. Eric Nystrom did it first, and he did it in style, getting four goals in a 5-4 shootout loss January 24, 2014 in Calgary.
If Bovada has odds on the Flames’ visits to Nashville next season, bet the mortgage on them happening on Tuesday.