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Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

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Nashville Predators vs. Calgary Flames

GAME: Nashville Predators (35-19-7) at Calgary Flames (35-18-7).

TIME: Tuesday, 9 p.m. EST.

While the Calgary Flames have had trouble scoring all season, goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff has helped them rise to the top of the Northwest Division.

After posting his league-best seventh shutout in his last outing, Kiprusoff will try to lead the Flames to their sixth win in seven games when they host the Nashville Predators.

Kiprusoff made 26 saves as the Flames snapped a seven-game losing streak when scoring two or fewer goals with a 2-0 victory over San Jose on Saturday.

Calgary is 28-5-5 when it gives up two goals or less. The Flames have allowed a Western Conference-low 147 goals, but have scored the third fewest behind Chicago and Columbus with 159.

"It's been the same way all season," said Kiprusoff, who improved to 21-5-0 with a 1.63 goals-against average and six shutouts at home this season. "You just have to take one game at a time and can't look too far forward because every game is huge."

Calgary has a two-point lead over Vancouver in the Northwest, is three ahead of Colorado and five in front of Edmonton.

Jarome Iginla and Chris Simon scored Saturday to back Kiprusoff, who is tied with Dallas' Marty Turco for the NHL lead in wins with 31.

The Predators, meanwhile, will be trying to end their franchise-record seven-game road losing streak after opening a four-game trip with a 3-2 overtime defeat to the Oilers on Sunday.

Nashville held a 2-1 lead going into the third period before goaltender Tomas Vokoun allowed the tying goal from Chris Pronger early in the third. Pronger scored again with 43 seconds left in the extra session as the Predators lost for the fifth time in their last seven contests.

Nashville was called for 11 penalties for the second game in a row, drawing the ire of coach Barry Trotz.

"It's got to change within the room," he said. "Guys have to be disciplined and accountable. (Those) who aren't are messing with teammates."

Paul Kariya scored to reach the 20-goal mark for the eighth time in 11 seasons. He has 19 goals, including four game-winners, and 34 assists in 39 career games against the Flames.

The 53 points are the third most in his career against one team behind San Jose (54) and Los Angeles (57).

STANDINGS: Predators - 77 points, 2nd place, 10 PB, Central Division. Flames - 77 points, 1st place, Northwest Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Predators - Steve Sullivan, 26 goals; Kariya, 40 assists and 60 points; Darcy Hordichuk, 113 PIM. Flames - Iginla, 28 goals and 47 points; Andrew Ference, 24 assists; Darren McCarty, 93 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Predators - Power play: 18.4 percent (71 for 386), 9th in NHL. Penalty killing: 85.3 percent (337 for 395), 5th. Flames - Power play: 18.0 percent (64 for 356), 16th. Penalty killing: 83.4 percent (311 for 373), 11th.

GOALTENDERS: Predators - Vokoun (29-14-6, 2 SO, 2.61 GAA); Chris Mason (5-4-1, 3.23). Flames - Kiprusoff (31-15-7, 7, 2.16); Brian Boucher (4-6-0, 3.66).

SEASON SERIES: Predators, 2-0.

LAST MEETING: Dec. 27; Predators, 4-3. At Calgary, Alberta, Hordichuk had two assists and Scottie Upshall scored the tiebreaking goal with less than seven minutes to play for the Predators. Dion Phaneuf had a goal and an assist for Calgary.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Predators - 12-13-6 on the road; Flames - 22-6-3 at home.

2005-2006 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Mar 18 '06 CGY 4 at NSH 9 G. Johnson
Mar 07 '06 NSH 3 at CGY 2 G. Johnson
Dec 27 '05 NSH 4 at CGY 3 S. Upshall
Nov 29 '05 CGY 0 at NSH 2 V. Fiddler