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Calgary Flames vs Nashville Predators Preview 1/27/2016 (47/82)

The Flames take on the Nashville Predators before heading to the All Star Break.

Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Nashville Predators @ Calgary Flames, 9:30 PM ET, Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary Alberta

Broadcast Schedule
TV: RSN, FSTN SN ONE
Radio: Sportsnet 960 The Fan

The Calgary Flames return home after a less than successful road trip to the awaiting Nashville Predators. The Flames just finished a 5 game trek at 1-4 with their only win against the lowly Blue Jackets. The second half of the season has been miserable for the Flames so far and Nashville isn't exactly setting the rink on fire either. The Pred's are  5-5 coming into tonight's game at the Dome. The Flames won the only contest these two have played this season back on December 15th, 2-1 in OT. Nashville currently sits in the 6th playoff spot in the West, 9 points ahead of the Flames. Calgary needs this win if they want to attempt to make a playoff push. This game is a 4 point swing and dropping this one would be a devastating blow to the Flames' playoff chances. Win and you're 7 back with some hope. Lose and it's 11 points and it might be time to start looking towards the Draft. It's the last game before the All Star Break and a win here would be a nice way to end the month. Here's how the teams match-up:

Calgary Flames Nashville Predators
21-23-3 Record 23-18-8
45 Points 54
6th Pacific Division 6th Central
10th West Conference 6th West
4-6 Last 10 Games 4-6
124 Goals For 123
142 Goals Against 128
Gaudreau (20) Goals Neal (17)
Gaudreau (46) Points Josi (34)
Ramo (.910) SV % Hutton (.910)
30th (13.9%) PP 8th  (20.6%)
29th (75.7%) PK 25th (78.2)

The Flames last skated on Monday night and dropped a close one to the Dallas Stars 2-1. Calgary had a bad first period and really only turned it on late in the second and in the third. Calgary fired 24 shots at Antti Niemi, but couldn't get more than one past him. Karri Ramo rebounded from a tough game in Carolina and kept the Flames in the game. Here's the highlights:

The Nashville Predators last took to the ice on Tuesday night and out lasted the Vancouver Canucks to the tune of 2-1. The game was tied late in the third when James Neal put his 18th of the season in the net past Ryan Miller, giving the Predators the win. Here's the highlights:

Calgary Flames Projected Lineup (these are the projected lines and can be changed any time before the puck drop)

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Johnny Gaudreau Sean Monahan Mason Raymond
Sam Bennett Mikael Backlund Michael Frolik
Lance Bouma Markus Granlund Jiri Hudler
Brandon Bollig Matt Stajan David Jones
Left Defense Right Defense
Mark Giordano T.J. Brodie
Kris Russell Dougie Hamilton
Lafislav Smid Dennis Wideman
Goalies
Karri Ramo (s) Jonas Hiller

Scratches:  Deryk Engelland, Joe Colborne, Josh Jooris

Injuries: Micheal Ferland

Nashville Predators Projected Lineup  (these are the projected lines and can be changed any time before the puck drop)

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Miikka Salomaki

Ryan Johansen

James Neal
Filip Forsberg Mike Fisher Craig Smith
Mike Ribeiro Calle Jarnkrok Austin Watson
Eric Nystrom Paul Gaustad Cody Bass
Left Defense Right Defense
Roman Josi Shea Weber
Barret Jackman Ryan Ellis
Mattias Ekholm Petter Granberg
Goalies
Pekka Rinne(s) Carter Hutton

Scratches:

Injuries: Gabriel BourqueColin Wilson