Originally posted on Inside Smashville  |  Last updated 11/28/11

Season Records

Nashville Predators11-8-4

Calgary Flames 9-12-1

The Nashville Predators and Calgary Flames are two teams that find themselves outside the top 8 in the Western Conference standings. Both teams have struggled as of late and are trying to maintain some momentum from their last games, both victories.

Nashville will be playing the second of back-to-back games after edging the Oilers 2-1 Monday night in Edmonton. Shea Weber and Nick Spaling scored for the Predators. Jordan Eberle picked up his third goal against Nashville this season. In three games, Eberle has three goals and one assist against the Predators. The win snaps a four game losing streak that saw the Predators go 0-3-1 during that span.

Calgary is coming off a win on Saturday night against the North West division leading Minnesota Wild. However, the Flames are 4-6-0 in their last 10 games and have a mediocre 4-5-1 record at home.

The Predators have already beat the Flames once this year. The Predators shutout Calgary 2-0 on October 22.

Anders Lindback was in net on Monday night. Lindback stopped 17 of 18 shots faced. It is likely that Pekka Rinne will be back in goal for Nashville when the Predators take on the Flames, a team that Rinne has beat only once in his entire career. Rinne has a 1-4-2 record against Calgary.

Blake Geoffrion left the game Monday night and did not return when former Predator Ryan Jones hit Geoffrion with what appeared to be a clean hit. However, the referee assessed Jones a major penalty for elbowing. After the game, Josh Cooper from The Tennessean tweeted that Head Coach Barry Trotz said Geoffrion will be out for a while.

Nashville’s struggles in finding the back of the net continued Monday night. In five games, the Predators have scored 10 goals, or an average of two goals per game. While Nashville did have its chances on Monday night, the team simply could not capitalize.

While the Predators could not score, neither could the Oilers. The Predators did not allow a power play goal after allowing 7 power play tallies on 19 chances in the last five games prior to Monday night’s contest. Nashville gave Edmonton the man advantage on three occasions and did not surrender a goal.

After Tuesday night’s game, the Predators play in Vancouver on Thursday before returning home to Bridgestone Arena for a Saturday night contest against the Buffalo Sabres.

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