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PREVIEW - FLAMES @ PREDATORS

The Flames are in Nashville on Tuesday, taking on the Predators at 6:00 PM MT

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson / CalgaryFlames.com

FLAMES (29-26-4) VS. PREDATORS (28-22-8)

BROADCAST: 6:00 PM MT; Sportsnet One (TV), Sportsnet 960 The FAN (radio)

SEASON SERIES: Tuesday's game will be the second of three meetings between the Flames and Predators in 2016-17. The Predators edged the Flames 4-3 in the opening match-up in this year's season series. After falling behind 4-0, Kris Versteeg, Sean Monahan and Michael Frolik scored in the third period but the Flames couldn't complete the comeback. Chad Johnson made 17 saves on 21 shots in the loss.

FLAMES' TEAM SCOPE: The Flames head into Tuesday's match-up sitting in the second Wildcard spot in the Western Conference, trailing the Predators by two points. They are coming off of a 2-1 overtime setback to the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday, which keeps them one point ahead of the Winnipeg Jets and two points ahead of the Los Angeles Kings. Calgary could have a different look on the blueline on Tuesday as the team acquired defenceman Michael Stone from the Arizona Coyotes on Monday. His status for the game is unknown but he has joined the team in Nashville. Mikael Backlund leads the Flames with 39 points on the year. Rookie Matthew Tkachuk sits second in team scoring with 37 points while Sean Monahan is third with 35 points through 59 skates.

PREDATORS' TEAM SCOPE: The Predators, who hold the first Western Conference Wildcard spot, are coming off of a 4-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday. Ryan Ellis, Kevin Fiala, Calle Jarnkrok, and Mattias Ekholm scored and Juuse Saros made 35 stops in the victory. Ryan Johansen leads Nashville with 40 points while Viktor Arvidsson (39 points) and Filip Forsberg (36 points) round out the top three in scoring. Pekka Rinne, who has started 44 games this year, has a 22-15-6 record with a 2.43 GAA and a .918 save percentage.

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