Nashville Predators vs. Calgary Flames Pick & Prediction NOVEMBER 3rd 2022

Stadium: Scotiabank Saddledome Calgary
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6.5o 100
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The Calgary Flames are dealing with their first rough patch of the young season. Though it's not nearly as bad as the rut the Nashville Predators find themselves in.

Looking to avoid a third straight defeat, the Flames will try to hand the visiting Predators an eighth loss in their last nine games on Thursday night.

Calgary opened the season with three straight wins, but has dropped three of five since -- all amid its current eight-game home stretch. For a second consecutive contest, the Flames failed to hold on to a third-period lead on Tuesday night. This time, they blew a two-goal edge during the final frame en route to their 5-4 loss versus Seattle.

"These types of situations, we don't want to have that happen later on in the year," Calgary forward Nazem Kadri said of his team's recent third-period struggles.




"That's still no excuse. We've got to bear down and get the job done."

The Flames last dropped three consecutive true home games in regulation during the 2019-20 season.

"It's kind of the way we've been playing all year. Strung some shifts together and kind of make those mistakes and it's obviously hurting us as a group right now," said Flames forward Tyler Toffoli, who had a goal and an assist on Tuesday.

"We're trying to find ourselves as a group right now."

Perhaps some good news for Calgary is that Nashville has also lost two in a row, and is 1-6-1 since sweeping both games against San Jose in Prague to open this season. The Predators trailed 4-1 after one period on Tuesday night, and fell 7-4 at Edmonton, thus dropping to 0-3-0 on the road in North America on the campaign.

"There were key situations where we've got to be able to execute better, or stay out of the penalty box, or whatnot," Predators coach John Hynes said.

Nashville has allowed 17 goals during its three true road contests this season. Juuse Saros allowed 10 of those goals while facing 57 shots in his two road starts. However, he's 4-1-0 with a 2.58 goals-against average at Calgary during his career.

With a goal and two assists against the Oilers, Nashville's Filip Forsberg has recorded seven of his team-leading 10 points in the last four games. He's posted five goals and three assists during his last seven games versus Calgary.

Kadri scored his fifth goal of the season on Tuesday and leads the team with 10 points. Though Kadri does not have a goal in any of his last five games versus Nashville, all coming with Colorado, he's recorded seven assists during those contests.

Teammate Jacob Markstrom is 4-1-0 with a 2.60 GAA this season. Backup Dan Vladar stopped 21 of 26 shots Tuesday, and has a 3.81 GAA in three games this season.

Calgary snapped a 0-1-3 rut against the Predators with a 5-4 overtime victory at Nashville on April 26 of last season. The Predators, though, have won two straight, and five of their last six road games against the Flames.

--Field Level Media

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Nashville Predators vs. Calgary Flames

Kyle Turris and Mikael Granlund each had a goal and an assist, and Juuse Saros finished with 37 saves to lead the visiting Nashville Predators to a 3-2 victory over the Calgary Flames on Thursday night.

Dante Fabbro also scored a goal for Nashville, which won for the fourth time in its past five games and moved within one point of Calgary for the second Western Conference wild-card spot.

Roman Josi added two assists, the first of which was the 400th of his NHL career, to help the Predators extend their road win streak to four games.

Sam Bennett and Rasmus Andersson scored goals for Calgary, which lost its third straight game, all at home, and is 1-4-1 in its past six games overall. Cam Talbot stopped 32 shots.

Calgary took a 1-0 lead just 33 seconds into the game on Bennett's fifth goal of the season. Bennett tapped in a backdoor feed by Travis Hamonic.

Nashville answered just 76 seconds later when Fabbro fired a wrist shot from the high slot past Talbot's blocker side for his fifth goal of the season. Turris then gave the Predators a 2-1 lead later in the period with his seventh goal of the season, jamming in a loose puck in front of the crease.

Granlund made it 3-1 midway through the second period with a power-play goal, tapping in a rebound of a Josi shot that got behind Talbot and was lying on the blue ice. It was 12th goal of the season.

Calgary cut it to 3-2 two minutes later when Andersson fired a wrist shot from the right point through traffic and inside the far post for his fourth goal of the season.

The Flames, who didn't have a shot on goal in the third period until Derek Ryan's wrist shot with 7:53 left, pulled Talbot with 1:50 remaining for an extra attacker but managed just two shots, both of which were blocked.

--Field Level Media

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