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GAME: Calgary Flames (14-8-3) at Nashville Predators (14-4-3).

TIME: Tuesday, 8 p.m. EST.

The Calgary Flames have been one of the league's hottest teams lately, but most of that success came at home.

Calgary hopes to translate that success to the road when it begins a five-game trip against the Nashville Predators.

Before a 2-1 shootout loss to rival Edmonton on Friday, the Flames had won 10 off 11 to move near the top of the Northwest Division.

Goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff finished with 33 saves in regulation and overtime, but was outplayed by Oilers rookie goalie Mike Morrison in the shootout.

"We had some good scoring chances in the third period, but the other goalie, he played a good game and he was just a little bit better," Kiprusoff said.

Eight of Calgary's wins during its recent 10-1 stretch came at home, and now it visits Nashville, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and New Jersey before its next home game against Ottawa on Dec. 10. The Flames are one of the league's best home teams (10-2-2), but have struggled on the road (4-6-1).

Calgary captain Jarome Iginla has gone five straight games without a goal after scoring goals in each of his four previous contests. He has 11 goals and 13 assists in 21 career games against the Predators.

Nashville had a five-game home winning streak snapped Saturday with a 3-1 loss to Dallas.

Predators coach Barry Trotz was disappointed in his team for taking 13 penalties.

"You're not going to have success sitting in the box all night long," Trotz said. "You have to learn to adjust. You have to stay on task, adjust and play smart. We did not adjust enough and it cost us the game."

Nashville's lone score came on a third-period power-play goal by Scott Hartnell. It marked the seventh straight game that the Predators have scored with the man advantage. They have 13 power-play goals in that stretch.

The last time these teams met on March 20, 2004 there were several brawls at the end of Nashville's 3-1 victory, including one between goalies Kiprusoff and Tomas Vokoun of the Predators.

STANDINGS (through Nov. 28): Flames - 31 points, 2nd place, 1 PB, Northwest Division. Predators - 31 points, 2nd place, 7 PB, Central Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Flames - Iginla, 11 goals, 13 assists and 24 points; Darren McCarty, 47 PIM. Predators - Steve Sullivan, 9 goals; Paul Kariya and Kimmo Timonen, 12 assists; Paul Kariya, 20 points; Darcy Hordichuk, 66 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through Nov. 28): Flames - Power play: 15.4 percent (24 for 155), 21st in NHL. Penalty killing: 80.8 percent (118 for 146), tied for 22nd. Predators - Power play: 18.6 percent (25 for 134), 13th. Penalty killing: 86 percent (123 for 143), 4th.

GOALTENDERS: Flames - Kiprusoff (12-7-3, 3 SO, 2.33 GAA); Philippe Sauve (2-1-0, 2.68). Predators - Vokoun (12-4-2, 2.59); Chris Mason (2-0-1, 2.89).

2003-04 SEASON SERIES: Predators, 2-1-1-0.

LAST MEETING: March 20, 2004; Predators, 3-1. At Calgary, Alberta, Nashville scored a goal in each period and Vokoun made 20 saves.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Flames - 4-6-1 on the road; Predators - 10-2-0 at home.

Associated Press
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