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Game Day: Flames vs. Preds

by Thomas Willis & Brooks Bratten / Nashville Predators

(13-14-2) Calgary Flames vs. Nashville Predators (15-10-5)
  7 P.M. | Bridgestone Arena | #CGYvsNSH
TV: FS-TN | Radio: 102.5 The Game | Pregame: 6:30 P.M.
Tickets | Nissan Tuesday


The Nashville Predators finish off their current three-game home slate by hosting the Calgary Flames tonight at Bridgestone Arena. The Flames have won five games in a row and are 7-2-1 in their last 10 outings. The Preds are coming off of a 3-2 loss to Colorado on Saturday and are 4-4-2 in their last 10 games.

Nashville has posted at least 30 shots in a game on 18 different occasions, including four contests where the team has had 40-plus shots. The club has also allowed fewer than 25 shots in 11 games, with the season-low being 15 shots (on Dec. 1 vs. Arizona). Nashville ranks near the top of the League in most shots per game and fewest shots allowed per game this season.

Defenseman Roman Josi leads Nashville with 22 points (7g-15a), while Captain Shea Weber leads the d-corps with nine goals. Preds defensemen are first in goals in the NHL with 23. No other team (besides Nashville) has defensemen with more than 14 goals.

Weber and Josi also lead the League in points by defensemen since the month of December began. Weber has recorded three goals and nine points in the month; Josi has three goals and eight points during that seven-game stretch.
 
Following Josi atop the Preds offensive leaderboard is James Neal, who has 20 points, including a team-leading 12 goals. Weber and forward Filip Forsberg are tied for third with 19 points apiece and Craig Smith has potted seven goals on the campaign. Pekka Rinne is 12-8-5 this season with a 2.43 goals-against average and a .907 save percentage on the campaign.

Calle Jarnkrok has an assist in two of his last three games versus the Flames, while Josi has 11 career assists against the Flames, his most versus any team.

Johnny Gaudreau paces the Flames with 12 goals and 31 points this season, followed by Sean Monahan with 10 goals and 23 points for Calgary. Michael Frolik and David Jones have seven goals each, while Dennis Wideman has 14 assists from the backend. Karri Ramo has gone 9-8-1 in 18 starts this season with a 3.00 goals-against average and a .901 save percentage.

Calgary swept the season series last year, winning all three contests against the Preds. Four of the last five games between these two clubs have been one-goal affairs, with Nashville posting a 1-3-2 record in those contests. All-time, Nashville has a 29-22-11 record against the Flames, including an 18-10-4 record at home.


Predators Game Day Video:

Preds Players: Eric Nystrom, Barret Jackman and Austin Watson


What to Watch for: Preds Web Team Breakdown


Coach Presser: Head Coach Peter Laviolette


Projected Lineups:

Winger Colin Wilson (lower-body) was on the ice for the Preds optional morning skate on Tuesday. Forwards Mike Fisher (IR; lower-body) and Gabriel Bourque (IR; upper-body) did not skate.

Nashville Predators:

Forwards
Filip Forsberg Calle Jarnkrok James Neal
Viktor Arvidsson Mike Ribeiro Craig Smith
Cody Hodgson Colton Sissons Austin Watson
Eric Nystrom Paul Gaustad Miikka Salomaki
Defense
Roman Josi Shea Weber
Barret Jackman Seth Jones
Mattias Ekholm Ryan Ellis

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Goaltenders: Pekka Rinne is the expected starter in net with Carter Hutton serving as the backup.

Extra: (D) Anthony Bitetto, (F) Gabriel Bourque (IR; upper-body), (F) Mike Fisher (IR; lower-body), (F) Colin Wilson (lower-body)


Calgary Flames:

Forwards
Johnny Gaudreau Sean Monahan David Jones
Sam Bennett Markus Granlund Jiri Hudler
Mason Raymond Mikael Backlund Michael Frolik
Micheal Ferland Matt Stajan Joe Colborne
Defense
Mark Giordano TJ Brodie
Kris Russell Dougie Hamilton
Deryk Engelland Dennis Wideman

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Goaltenders: Karri Ramo is the expected starter in net with Jonas Hiller serving as the backup.

Extra: (D) Ladislav Smid, (F) Lance Bouma

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