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At the Rink: Flames at Predators

by Robby Stanley

NASHVILLE – The Calgary Flames are riding a five-game winning streak and begin a four-game road trip against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday.

The Flames won all five games on their recent homestand and scored four or more goals in each game. They're looking to take that momentum and translate it to success on the road.

"I thought we played as a five-man unit," Flames captain Mark Giordano said. "We were moving the puck better and playing better through the neutral zone, making more plays. I think we have to take that [on the road]. Coming on the road, it's a different game. You sort of have to grind it out sometimes. I think the No. 1 thing on the road is defense."

Calgary won all three games against Nashville last season, two at Bridgestone Arena.

The Predators are searching for more consistency in their game. They defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 5-1 last Thursday but followed it up with a 3-2 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday. The Predators want be prepared every game to play a winning brand of hockey.

"It's easy to come home and play against the defending Stanley Cup champions and have your highest level and be prepared to play in that type of game, especially after you play well and they beat you in their building," Predators forward Eric Nystrom said. "Then a Colorado team comes in and we think we're just going to lace up our skates and beat them, and they come in and school us in our own building.

"This League is too good to do that. You have to be prepared every single night to be the best player you can be, and the best team that you can be, and we haven't done that this season."

Here are the projected lineups:


Johnny GaudreauSean MonahanDavid Jones

Sam BennettMarkus GranlundJiri Hudler

Mason RaymondMikael BacklundMichael Frolik

Micheal FerlandMatt StajanJoe Colborne

Mark GiordanoTJ Brodie

Kris RussellDougie Hamilton

Deryk EngellandDennis Wideman

Karri Ramo

Jonas Hiller

Scratched: Brandon Bollig, Josh Jooris, Jakub Nakladal, Ladislav Smid

Injured: Lance Bouma (leg), Jon Gilles (hip)


Filip ForsbergCalle JarnkrokJames Neal

Viktor ArvidssonMike RibeiroCraig Smith

Cody HodgsonColton SissonsAustin Watson

Eric NystromPaul GaustadMiikka Salomaki

Roman JosiShea Weber

Mattias EkholmRyan Ellis

Barret JackmanSeth Jones

Pekka Rinne

Carter Hutton

Scratched: Anthony Bitetto

Injured: Mike Fisher (lower body), Colin Wilson (lower body), Gabriel Bourque (upper body)

Status report: Each held an optional morning skate. … Ramo will start for the Flames. … Rinne is expected to start for the Predators. … Fisher has returned to the ice but isn't expected to play this week.

Who's hot: Gaudreau has seven goals in his past five games and leads the Flames with 31 points. … Smith has two goals in his past two games.

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