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Preds, Flames hope to build off victories

by Brian Compton
PREDATORS (11-8-4) at FLAMES (9-12-1)


Last 10: Nashville 4-4-2; Calgary 4-6-0.

Season Series: This is the second of four meetings between the teams. Nashville earned a 2-0 victory against Calgary on Oct. 22 at Scotiabank Saddledome. Predators goalie Pekka Rinne made 33 saves for the shutout.

Big Story: Nashville is in the midst of a five-game road trip and a three-game Canadian tour. The Preds ended a four-game skid Monday night with a 2-1 win at Edmonton. The trip continues Tuesday at Calgary before concluding in Vancouver on Thursday. Nashville will return home to host the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday.

Team Scope:

Predators: Facing each other for the second time in six nights, Nashville bounced back from last Tuesday's 6-2 loss to the Oilers with Monday's 2-1 win at Edmonton. Nick Spaling broke a 1-1 tie in the third period and the Preds improved to 9-0-2 when holding their opponent to two goals or less.

"We played with a lot more of the things that you need to have to win," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "We played with a lot more intensity and structure. It was getting a little nerve-wracking because we had numerous chances."

Flames: Calgary snapped a three-game skid Sunday night as five different players scored in a 5-2 victory against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. Overall, 11 players contributed offensively and all four lines chipped in with points for the Flames, who had lost seven of their previous 10 games.

"People think it's over after 22 games, and we don't believe it is," captain Jarome Iginla said. "So this is definitely a big boost, to be able to break out goals against this team."

Who's Hot: Preds forward Martin Erat has 11 points in the last 14 games, while defensemen Shea Weber and Ryan Suter have each tallied 13 points in Nashville's last 14 contests.. … Iginla has goals in two of the last three games for the Flames. 

Injury Report: Preds defenseman Francis Bouillon suffered a lower-body injury during Saturday's game at Detroit and returned to Nashville for further medical attention. He is out for the remainder of the road trip. Fellow blueliner Teemu Laakso is out with an upper-body injury. … The Flames are likely to be without Alex Tanguay (shoulder), Scott Hannan (knee), David Moss (undisclosed), Anton Babchuk (hand) and Brett Carson (back).

Stat Pack: Monday night marked the first time this season the Preds have won when trailing after the firsr period (1-5-1).  … Flames defenseman T.J. Brodie tallied his first NHL goal on Sunday.

Puck Drop: "If anything, it re-affirms you on it, that we can do it. It's some sort of steppingstone where we can build on that, and it probably gives us a little boost in confidence, too." -- Flames forward Lee Stempniak after Saturday's 5-2 win against Minnesota
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