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Game Day: Flames vs. Preds

by Brooks Bratten / Nashville Predators

(40-28-7) Calgary Flames vs. Nashville Predators (47-21-8)
  4 P.M. | Bridgestone Arena
TV: FS-TN | Radio: 102.5 The Game | Nissan Pregame: 3:30 P.M.

Just over 24 hours after clinching a postseason berth for the first time in three seasons, the Nashville Predators return home to host the Calgary Flames in a rare 4 p.m. start at Bridgestone Arena.

It's the third and final meeting between the two clubs this season and the 11th and final back-to-back matchup for the Preds of the regular season. This is the fourth time, Nashville, who played a Saturday matinee game in Washington, have played in a back-to-back series that consisted of a game at home and a game on the road. On the season, the Preds are 3-5-2 on the back end.

With their win against the Capitals on Saturday afternoon, the Predators became the first Western Conference team to secure a spot in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Through 76 games, the Preds are just one point shy of their record pace from 2006-07 (103pts, 48-21-7). Nashville’s playoff-clinching win comes two days after the Preds hit the 100-point mark for the first time since 2011-12 (fifth time in franchise history).

With six games remaining in the regular season, Nashville is eight points shy of tying the franchise record for most points in a season, which was set by the 2006-07 squad (110 pts, 51-23-8). The Preds are four games short of the franchise record for most wins (51), a mark that was also set by the 2006-07 team.

On Saturday against Washington, the team that drafted him in 2012, Filip Forsberg recorded his 14th multi-point game and third three-point appearance of the season (1g-2a). The three points improved Forsberg’s season total to 59 (23g-36a), tied for the top spot on the Preds and moving him back into the lead among all League rookies, one point over Calgary's Johnny Gaudreau. On the season, the Preds are 17-3-2 when Forsberg tallies a goal.

Mike Ribeiro scored the game-winning goal and added an assist to record his 12th multi-point effort of the season (1g-1a) against his former team, the Washington Capitals, on Saturday. His two points bring his season total to 59 (15g-44a) and tie him for the team lead in the category. The Montreal native, who has five points (2g-3a) in his last three games, leads Nashville and is in the NHL’s Top 10 in assists (44).

With his 44th assist on Saturday, Ribeiro tied Jason Arnott (44, 2007-08) for the franchise record for assists in a season by a Preds’ center. With six games remaining in the regular season, Ribeiro is 10 assists from matching Paul Kariya for most helpers in franchise history (54, 2005-06). Ribeiro is just two assists away from 500 for his NHL career.

All fans in attendance for today's game will receive a Seth Jones bobble head. The Jones bobble head is the sixth and final bobble head in the six-player series the Predators have produced this season. All-time, Nashville is 7-1-(2)-0 on bobble head nights, including a 4-1-0 record this season.
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