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Predators hope to end skid against streaking Flames

Monday, 04.22.2013 / 10:40 AM

FLAMES (19-22-4) at PREDATORS (15-21-9)

TV: SNET-W, FS-TN

Last 10: Calgary 6-4-0; Nashville 1-7-2

Season series: Third and final meeting of the regular season. Each team has a win on its home ice. Curtis Glencross had a third-period hat trick as the Calgary Flames won 6-3 on March 15, then the Nashville Predators responded six days later with a 5-3 victory powered by a pair of goals from Mike Fisher.

Big story: Neither team will make the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but the Flames have won three in a row and could finish with a .500 points percentage if they also win their final three games. As for the Predators, their eight-game losing streak puts them in danger of being caught by the Colorado Avalanche, who are currently dead last in the Western Conference.

Team Scope:

Flames: Starting off a season-ending, four-game road trip against a Minnesota squad still battling to wrap up a postseason berth, Calgary turned in another strong effort Sunday. After Miikka Kiprusoff got the win streak started with a pair of victories before an appreciative home crowd at Scotiabank Saddledome, fellow veteran Joey MacDonald quieted the fans at Xcel Energy Center with a 34-save effort. Mark Cundari had a goal and an assist for the Flames in his NHL debut and Mikael Backlund gave them the lead for good in a 4-1 win over the Wild.

"I looked around the room before the game and I think I counted eight Abbotsford (American Hockey League) guys," MacDonald said. "They've played together down there and it's the same systems and everything. We have a lot of youth and they're just playing. They're playing hard and they've got a lot of energy in the room, which is nice, short schedule, and when you've got a lot of energy in the room, it helps."

Predators: There haven't been a ton of bright spots for Nashville during a month of April which has seen the Predators plummet in the standings, but the offensive surge that allowed them to at least grab a point out of a 5-4 overtime loss in Chicago on Friday is certainly one. Facing the likely Presidents' Trophy winners, the Predators matched their goal total from their previous four games combined, with Kevin Henderson scoring in his NHL debut Matt Halischuk adding a pair and Bobby Butler's goal with 3:34 left forcing the extra period.

"I was fortunate to get the goal there and help the team out, but it was just an amazing experience for me," Henderson said. "I was just by myself, and knew I got a stick on it. I was just ecstatic."

Who's hot: Sven Baertschi has two goals and four assists during a five-game points streak for the Flames. Mike Cammalleri has recorded consecutive multi-point games. … Butler has goals in consecutive games and three in the past four for the Predators. Victor Bartley has four assists in as many games.

Injury report: Glencross (knee) won't play again this season for Calgary, while defenseman Dennis Wideman (hand) and forward Steve Begin (hand) are questionable. … Fisher (hand) has been out for Nashville along with forwards Patric Hornqvist (upper body) and Brandon Yip (lower body).

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