Look for Miikka Kiprusoff to start tonight in goal for the Calgary Flames in a crucial Western Conference matchup against the Nashville Predators.

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"Nothing's going to change," head coach Brent Sutter pronounced Saturday. "We're in a mode of playoff hockey obviously. We're riding our No. 1 guy."

Much like the other teams in this wild Western playoff race, the Flames are indeed riding their No. 1 guy.


To wit: the 34-year-old Kiprusoff is poised to make his 20th consecutive start against the Preds.

Yes, this is the same guy written on off as old, tired and possibly on his way out of Calgary just two short months back in the middle of January. One national Internet fan site even went as far as creating a discussion thread entitled: Miikka Kiprusoff finished as a No. 1 goalie?

The answer, clearly, is no.