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Scouting Report: Nashville Predators

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

CALGARY, AB -- Oh Canada.

The Predators have thrived against Canadian clubs this season, posting a 12-1-3 record and picking up 27 of a possible 32 points against their northern neighbors. The Predators have averaged 3.19 goals-per-game and allowed an average of 1.88 goals against when facing Canadian teams this year.

On the road, they have an even better record against Canadian squads. They are 8-0-1 when they cross the border, with their only loss coming in extra time in Winnipeg on Jan. 14.

Nashville's last win against a Canadian team came on Tuesday when they picked up a 4-2 victory at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg.

The Jets jumped out to a 1-0 lead thanks to Drew Stafford but Craig Smith and Colton Sissons potted two quick goals before the end of the frame and Nashville didn't look back.

The win extended their point streak to 13 games and gives them an eight-point cushion over the Minnesota Wild, who hold the second wildcard spot in the Western Conference.

"We went down early and the boys are playing so well right now, they just always believe and never give up," Sissons told NashvillePredators.com. "It doesn't matter what the score is. That’s a good habit to have and no doubt we’re getting a few bounces here to keep the streak alive."

The Flames and Predators have clashed twice this season, with both teams picking up victories in the other's barn.

The Flames were able to cash in during overtime on Dec. 15, leaving the Music City with a 2-1 win thanks to Kris Russell's game-winner. The Predators responded with a 2-1 regulation victory on Jan. 27 at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

BREAKING DOWN THE PREDATORS

Record: 34-21-12

Power Play: 19.6 percent overall (43 goals scored in 219 chances with the man advantage), 20.2 percent on the road (21 goals scored in 104 chances with the man advantage)

Penalty Kill: 79.2 percent overall (42 goals allowed in 202 times being short-handed), 81.4 percent on the road (19 goals allowed in 102 times being short-handed)

2015-16 Record vs. the Flames: 1-0-1

2014-15 Record vs. the Flames: 0-2-1

Notable Injuries: Gabriel Bourque (undisclosed), Eric Nystrom (foot)

Who's HOT: Filip Forsberg

The 21-year-old forward is having a tremendous sophomore season in Nashville, leading his team with 28 goals and 52 points in 67 games.

In his past five skates, Forsberg has five goals and 10 points. During that stretch, he has three multi-point games and 22 shots on net.

Honourable Mention: Craig Smith

Smith played the hero in the Predators 4-2 win over the Jets on Tuesday, scoring two goals on three shots. In his past five games, Smith has five goals and 10 points.

In 2014-15, Smith netted one goal and recorded three points in three games against the Flames. This year, he has one assist in the two games he has played against Calgary.

Who's NOT: Paul Gaustad

The veteran forward, who missed the Predators last game with an upper body injury, has been limited to two goals and six points in 57 games this year. He has one goal and three points since Jan. 5 and has just 15 shots on net in that span.

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