The Nashville Predators began their four-game trip through Western Canada with an overtime victory in Winnipeg, and they'll look to start another winning streak tonight in Calgary when they take on the Flames. This evening's contest is the second of three meetings on the season between the two clubs; the Flames topped the Preds in overtime, 6-5, on Halloween in Nashville.
After they were shut out by Vegas on Saturday night, the Predators responded with a 2-1 OT win on Tuesday against the Jets. It gives the Preds victories in three of their last four games, and with three games remaining on this trip - all against teams ahead of them in the standings - Nashville simply wants to keep putting the work in and collecting points.
"Really, just embracing the grind and staying with it and staying focused," Preds Head Coach John Hynes said following Tuesday's win. "Not getting too low after a loss, not getting too high after a win, and just really understanding how we need to play this time of year and trying to be really consistent with that. I think the more consistent you are in that, you're going to give yourself an opportunity to get better results. Fortunately, we have, and we have to continue with that mindset."
Calle Jarnkrok (illness) missed his third-straight game, but he is on the trip and could return to the lineup soon. Ryan Ellis (upper-body, Injured Reserve) participated in Nashville's morning skate on Tuesday, his first appearance on the ice with his teammates since New Year's Day. Ellis is not expected to play on this four-game trip.
The Predators did not practice on Wednesday in Calgary, but they are expected to hold a morning skate today.
Video: Granlund's OT winner helps Predators top Jets
Last Time Out:
Mikael Granlund tallied the overtime winner, as the Preds took two points in Winnipeg on Tuesday with a 2-1 win. Nick Bonino also scored for Nashville, and Juuse Saros made 33 saves in one of his more impressive outings of the season.
Roman Josi's 51 points lead the club, followed by Filip Forsberg with 37 and Matt Duchene with 35. Forsberg's 18 goals are tops on the team, Bonino has 16 and Josi has 14.
The Flames have lost four of their last five outings, including an 8-3 defeat to the Oilers on Saturday, and then a 3-1 loss to the Sharks on Tuesday. Calgary Captain Mark Giordano left Tuesday's game with an injury on Tuesday and could be out of the lineup tonight against the Preds.
Matthew Tkachuk and Johnny Gaudreau lead the Flames with 42 points apiece, followed by Elias Lindholm with 40 points and Sean Monahan with 38. Lindholm has 22 goals on the season, Tkachuk has 17 and Monahan has 16. David Rittich is 20-14-5 in net for the Flames with a .909 save percentage.
The Predators are 34-25-(4)-12 all-time against the Flames, including a 15-13-(3)-5 record on the road. In the previous 10 meetings between the two clubs, Nashville is 4-3-3. Nashville has earned at least a point in five of its last six games in Calgary, going 4-1-1.
The Preds have only lost three times to the Flames in regulation since March 29, 2015, and have picked up at least one point in 20 of their last 27 games.
Notables Versus Calgary:
Austin Watson posted a career-high four points (2g-2a) against Calgary on Oct. 31, 2019. Roman Josi has two goals and 15 assists in 24 career games versus Calgary.
Ryan Johansen has five points (3g-2a) in his last seven meetings with the Flames, and 11 points (5g-6a) in 22 career games against Calgary. Kyle Turris has six points (6a) in his last five games against Calgary, including a three-assist effort on Oct. 13, 2017.
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Coverage for tonight's 8 p.m. (CT) puck drop from the Scotiabank Saddledome begins with Predators Live on Fox Sports Tennessee at 7:30 p.m. Willy Daunic, Chris Mason and Lyndsay Rowley have the call on the television side, while Pete Weber and Hal Gill will broadcast on 102.5 The Game and the Predators Radio Network. Pregame coverage on the radio side begins at 7 p.m. with Darren McFarland. For broadcast information and channel locations throughout the country, click here.
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