The Nashville Predators (25-20-7, 57 points) hit the road Thursday with a visit to the Calgary Flames (27-21-6, 60 points). The Predators defeated the Winnipeg Jets 2-1 in their most recent game. The victory moved the Predators into a three-way tie in fourth place in the Central division with Chicago and Winnipeg.
Calgary is in fifth place in the Pacific Division with 60 points but just five points out of first place. The Flames have lost two straight including their most recent loss to the San Jose Sharks 3-1 on Tuesday. Calgary has lost four of its last five and is slowly falling off the pace in the Pacific Division race.
Nashville has Colorado in its sightsThe Nashville Predators trail third-place Colorado by seven points but are slowly moving up in the Central Division standings with four wins in their last five games. The Predators defeated the Winnipeg Jets 2-1 on Tuesday night as Mikael Granlund scored the winning goal in overtime for the Predators.
Filip Forsberg is the goal scoring leader for Nashville with 18. Roman Josi is the assist leader for Predators with 37 and the points leader with 51. Nashville's defense is allowing an average of 3.25 goals per game while the offense generates exactly the same at 3.25 goals per game. The Nashville power play scores 16.6% of the time and the penalty kill keeps opponents scoreless 74.5% of the time.
Calgary Falling Out of ContentionThe Calgary Flames have lost two straight, four of the last five and are falling out of contention for the title in the Pacific Division. One week ago the Flames were just one point behind first-place and now have fallen five points back and into fifth place in the division race. Calgary’s most recent loss was 3-1 to the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday.
Elias Lindholm is the goal scoring leader for Calgary with 22 and Johnny Gaudreau is the assists leader with 28 while Matthew Tkachuk is the points leader with 42. The Calgary defense is allowing an average of 3.06 goals per game while the offense generates slightly less at 2.61 goals per game. The Flames power play scores 20.0% of the time while it's penalty kill holds opponents scoreless 81.7% of the time
- Calgary is 1-4 in the last five
- The Flames are 3-8 in the last 11 at home
- Nashville is 5-1 in the last six on the road
- The Predators are 4-1 in the last five when tagged as the favorite