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Jagr out for Calgary; Nashville looks to stay perfect at home

by Robby Stanley / Correspondent

FLAMES (4-4-0) at PREDATORS (4-3-1)

8 p.m. ET; SNF, FS-TN, NHL.TV


The Game

The Calgary Flames will try to end a two-game losing streak when they visit the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday, and they'll be without Jaromir Jagr, who has a lower-body injury.

Nashville will try to improve to 4-0-0 at Bridgestone Arena and to 4-1-1 in its past six games. Goaltender Pekka Rinne is 4-1-1 with a 2.01 goals-against average and a .932 save percentage this season.

It's the first of back-to-back game for the Flames, who play at the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday. Calgary is 3-1-0 on the road this season, having won each of its past three games.


Players to watch

Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau has 11 points (two goals, nine assists) in his past seven games. Forward Sean Monahan has eight points (five goals, three assists) in his past seven games. 

Predators forward Filip Forsberg has 11 points (six goals, five assists) in eight games. Defenseman P.K. Subban has seven points (one goal, six assists) in eight games.


They said it

"I think we're playing well. I think our last game, as a team, was probably our best game, the best full 60 that we've played. We made a few mistakes toward the end that cost us the game. We've got to play a transition game as well and jump in." -- Flames captain Mark Giordano on the Flames defensemen

"It's a big key. Everyone is fast and trying to block shots, so we've got to move it quicker. If you look at the stats, it looks good. But at the same time, 5-on-4 we've got to do a better job of scoring goals. We got lucky with a couple of 5-on-3's and 6-on-3's, which makes the stats look pretty good. I think we can definitely be better." -- Predators forward Filip Forsberg on the power play


Flames projected lineup

Johnny Gaudreau -- Sean Monahan -- Micheal Ferland

Matthew Tkachuk -- Mikael Backlund -- Michael Frolik

Kris Versteeg -- Matt Stajan -- Troy Brouwer

Sam Bennett -- Mark Jankowski -- Curtis Lazar

Mark Giordano -- Dougie Hamilton

TJ Brodie -- Travis Hamonic

Brett Kulak -- Michael Stone

Mike Smith

Eddie Lack

Scratched: Matt Bartkowski, Tanner Glass, Freddie Hamilton

Injured: Jaromir Jagr (lower body)


Predators projected lineup

Filip Forsberg -- Ryan Johansen -- Viktor Arvidsson

Kevin Fiala -- Colton Sissons -- Craig Smith

Scott Hartnell -- Calle Jarnkrok -- Miikka Salomaki

Cody McLeod -- Frederick Gaudreau -- Austin Watson

Roman Josi -- Mattias Ekholm

Alexei Emelin -- P.K. Subban

Matt Irwin -- Yannick Weber

Pekka Rinne

Juuse Saros

Scratched: Samuel Girard, Anthony Bitetto, Pontus Aberg

Injured: Nick Bonino (lower body), Ryan Ellis (knee)


Status report

Jankowski was recalled from Stockton of the American Hockey League on Monday and will center the fourth line. … The Predators held an optional morning skate. Hartnell had a maintenance day Monday but participated in the morning skate and is expected to play.


Stat pack

Smith has a 4-7-2 record with a 2.96 goals-against average and a .905 save percentage in 13 career games against the Predators. … Josi has 14 points (one goal, 13 assists) in 17 career games against the Flames.

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