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Calgary Flames vs Nashville Predators Preview 3/9/2016

The Flames welcome the streaking Nashville Predators to the Dome in the final game of the season series.

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

Broadcast Schedule
Radio: Sportsnet 960 The Fan

The Flames take on the Nashville Predators tonight in game 2 of their 6 game home stand. Calgary and Nashville last played on January 27th with the Pred's coming out on top 2-1, which coincidentally has been the score of both games they've played this season. The last time these two met will be remembered less for the score and more for Dennis Wideman's hit on NHL Linesman Don Henderson. Nashville comes into this game hot. They've won 8 out of their last 10, while Calgary has dropped 8 out of their last 10.  Two teams, two different directions, but the Flames do play well against the Predators in the Dome where they have a 16-12-3 record and are a half goal better than Nashville scoring an average of 3 goals at home. Calgary swept the season series last year and win tonight would give the Flames their second straight season series win over the Predators. Here's how both teams match-up:

Calgary Flames Nashville Predators
27-34-5 Record 34-21-12
59 Points 80
6th Pacific Division 4th Central
9th West (tie) Conference 6th West (tie)
2-8 Last 10 Games 8-2
176 Goals For 182
205 Goals Against 128
Gaudreau (24) Goals Forsberg (28)
Gaudreau (63) Points Forsberg (51)
Ramo (.909) SV % Hutton (.922)
28th (15.9%) PP 10th  (19.6%)
30th (73.9%) PK 24th (79.2)

Calgary last played Monday night against the Sharks and lost in OT 2-1. Joni Ortio again was robbed of a win and lost his 3rd 2-1 game of the season. Calgary fired 48 shots at Martin Jones, but were only able to solve him in the last minute of the game on a Joe Colborne tip in. Here's the highlights:

The Predators last took to the ice on Tuesday night and won their second straight game with a 4-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets. Craig Smith scored his 17th and 18th goals of the season and Pekka Rinne stopped 21 of 23 shots to earn the victory. 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 Micheal Ferland
Garnet Hathaway Mikael Backlund Michael Frolik
Lance Bouma Sam Bennett Joe Colborne
Brandon Bollig Matt Stajan Josh Jooris
Left Defense Right Defense
TJ Brodie Dougie Hamilton
Mark Giordano Jakub Nakladal
Jyrki Jokipakka Tyler Wotherspoon
Joni Ortio (s) Jonas Hiller

Scratches:  Dennis Wideman (susp)

Injuries: Karri Ramo, Ladislav Smid, Deryk Engelland

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

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Calle Jarnkrok

Ryan Johansen

James Neal
Filip Forsberg Mike Ribeiro Craig Smith
Miikka Salomaki Mike Fisher Viktor Arvidsson
Colin Wilson Colton Sissons Austin Watson
Left Defense Right Defense
Roman Josi Shea Weber
Anthony Bitetto Ryan Ellis
Mattias Ekholm Petter Granberg
Pekka Rinne(s) Carter Hutton


Injuries: Gabriel BourqueEric Nystrom