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Scouting Report: Nashville Predators

by Paul Mawdsley / Calgary Flames

CALGARY, AB -- When the Calgary Flames roll into the Music City, it will mark the end of a three-game home stand for the Nashville Predators.

On the home stand, the Predators have gone 1-1 with a 5-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks and a 3-2 loss to the Colorado Avalanche.

Undoubtedly, they will be looking to end the home stand on a positive note.

Despite being 4-4-2 in their past 10 games, the Predators have been very good at home this season, compiling a 9-4-2 record at Bridgestone Arena.

One of the main reasons that Nashville currently sits 12th in the NHL with 35 points is there defence and goaltending.

Anchored by Pekka Rinne, who boasts a 2.43 GAA and a .907 SV%, the Predators have allowed the second fewest shots on net, with 26.7 per game.

On the flip side, their offence has been able to find shooting lanes at a significant pace. They’re third in the NHL with 31.7 shots per game.

The Predators also boast the ninth-ranked power play in the league. The team’s top defencemen, Shea Weber and Roman Josi, run the power play and have a combined 11 power play goals.

Record: 15-10-5

2015 vs. the Flames: 0-0-0

All-Time vs. the Flames: 29-22-4

Vs. the Flames at Bridgestone Arena: 18-10-1

Notable Injuries: F Mike Fisher, F Colin Wilson, F Gabriel Bourque

Who’s HOT: Roman Josi

A second round choice in 2008, Josi has developed into one of the league’s best offensive defenceman. With 22 points (7g, 15a) in 30 games, the Swiss native sits fifth in scoring amongst defenceman. He also leads the Predators in scoring. The blueliner has six points in his last five games and will look to continue that success when the Flames invade that Bridgestone Arena.

Honourable Mention: Shea Weber

Weber has consistently been one of the league’s top scoring defenceman since 2006, when he had a breakout 40-point sophomore campaign. Nothing has changed for the 30-year old. He sits 12th in defenceman scoring with 19 points (9g, 10a) in 30 games. The Sicamous, BC, native has six points in his last five games and he even recorded a hat-trick against the Detroit Red Wings.

Who’s NOT: Mike Fisher

Playing in only 59 games in 2014-15, the Predators pivot registered 39 points. Coming into the 2015-16 season healthy, Fisher has played in 24 games while tallying just seven points (5g, 2a). Despite, scoring three points in his last five games, Fisher has been extremely limited in his offence this season. He is on pace for 23 points, a total that would be lower than last year’s injury shortened season. The 35-year old is currently dealing with a minor injury and will likely miss the Flames game.

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