National Hockey League
Preview
Nashville at Calgary
When: 9:00 PM ET, Thursday, January 19, 2017
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta

The Calgary Flames were a disaster at home during the first month of the season but they have reversed their fortunes heading into Thursday's matchup against the visiting Nashville Predators. The Flames lost six of their first eight games at Scotiabank Saddledome this season, but are 5-1-0 at home since New Year's Eve.

A power play that has converted on nearly one-third of its chances (24 of 73) since the start of December has also been a boon for Calgary, which has scored eight times on the man advantage over the past six games. The Flames have had Nashville's number over the previous two seasons, winning five of the six matchups -- although five of the games have been decided by one goal. The Predators came up short in a bid for a season-high fourth consecutive win, falling at Vancouver 1-0 on Tuesday in the second stop of a five-game road trip. "I liked a lot of what we did," Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said. "I thought we competed hard and gave ourselves a chance to win."

TV: 9 p.m. ET, FSN Tennessee (Nashville), Sportsnet West (Calgary)

ABOUT THE PREDATORS (20-17-7): Defenseman P.K. Subban, sidelined for the past 15 games, practiced fully for the second time in three days on Wednesday, but Laviolette was non-committal on whether he would be available Thursday. "He looked good," Laviolette said. "But he looked good yesterday, and he looked good four days ago." With Roman Josi and fellow blue-liner Petter Granberg already on injured reserve, Nashville claimed defenseman Brad Hunt off waivers from the St. Louis Blues.

ABOUT THE FLAMES (24-20-3): Center Mikael Backlund scored a pair of goals in a 13-second span against Florida on Tuesday en route to his fourth three-point night since Dec. 10. Backlund has amassed 20 points over the last 17 games and continues to thrive on the "3M" line with Matthew Tkachuk and Michael Frolik, who combined for seven points Tuesday. "One of the top lines in the league, for sure, both ends," Calgary captain Mark Giordano said. "The goals they've been scoring are huge."

OVERTIME

1. Backlund already has scored a career-best six goals.

2. Nashville is 0-for-16 on the power play over the past six games.

3. Flames C Sam Bennett is mired in a 10-game point drought.

PREDICTION: Flames 3, Predators 2
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Nashville 20-17-4-3 L1 12-5-3-2 8-12-1-1 2-2-1-0 18-15-3-3 10-8-1-0
Calgary 24-20-1-2 W1 13-11-0-0 11-9-1-2 0-0-0-0 24-20-1-2 9-7-0-2
Last Meeting
Nashville Calgary
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
3/9/16 NAS 2 CAL 3 (OT) 26 31 0-2 34 24 0-3
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
Nashville V. Arvidsson 2
Calgary J. Gaudreau 3
Goals Player  
Nashville A. Bitetto 1
Calgary J. Gaudreau 2
Assists Player  
Nashville V. Arvidsson 2
Calgary M. Giordano 2
Saves Player  
Nashville C. Hutton 31
Calgary J. Ortio 24
Season
Total Points Player  
Nashville R. Johansen 30
Calgary M. Backlund 32
Goals Player  
Nashville J. Neal 15
Calgary M. Backlund 14
Assists Player  
Nashville R. Johansen 23
Calgary D. Hamilton 21
Saves Player  
Nashville P. Rinne 969
Calgary C. Johnson 767
Quickchart Matchup
Nashville Off vs  Calgary Def
2.68 GF
2.66 GA
30.9 Shots
28.3 Shots
26 PP
32 PK
Calgary Off vs  Nashville Def
2.6 GF
2.55 GA
28.9 Shots
30.1 Shots
32 PP
23 PK