Flames jump back into third in Pacific, beat Preds


After falling behind 1-0, the Calgary Flames scored four straight Sunday to defeat the Nashville Predators 5-2.

Michael Ferland’s first career NHL goal was the game-winner.

With the win, Calgary takes over the third seed in the Pacific Division passing the L.A. Kings. The Kings have a game in hand.

After Roman Josi opened the scoring, Lance Bouma, Kris Russell, Ferland and Jiri Hudler scored for the Flames giving Calgary a 4-1 lead after 40 minutes.

Bouma added an empty-netter with less than a minute remaining. Deryk Engelland had two assists in the win.

Seth Jones had the other Predators goal.

Jonas Hiller made 27 saves for the win. Carter Hutton stopped 25 shots in the loss.

The Predators, who clinched a playoff spot on Saturday, had their four-game winning streak snapped.

Preds’ captain Shea Weber missed his second consecutive game due to a lower body injury.

Preds’ Weber out with a lower-body injury

The Nashville Predators are aiming to clinch a playoff spot on Saturday, but they’ll face the Washington Capitals without Shea Weber.

The all-star defenseman is out with a lower-body injury, which is considered a day-to-day issue, according to the team. It’s not immediately obvious how, exactly, the hard-shooting blueliner got hurt.

Weber, 29, has 15 goals and 45 points in 75 games so far this season. He’s a big part of a Predators defense that can create a lot of offense.

Check today’s various playoff-clinching scenarios here.

Take a look at Nashville’s defensive pairing sans-Shea:

Parise chirped Weber with ‘nothing you want to write’ after Wild’s OT win over Preds


In the aftermath of Mathew Dumba’s overtime goal in Minnesota’s 2-1 win over Nashville on Tuesday, some viewers noticed Zach Parise chirping Preds captain Shea Weber prior to joining Dumba in the celebratory mob.

So, what exactly did Parise say to Weber?

“Nothing you want to write,” he explained, per the Star-Tribune. “We were just going after each other all game.

“You reach your boiling point. I think he reached his, too.”

The visual evidence (not overwhelming, but you can see Parise get after Weber around 0:08.)

Parise had good reason to chirp. The Wild are the NHL’s hottest team at the moment and, improbably, have trimmed Nashville’s 21-point lead in the Central Division — yeah, the Preds were up 21 on the Wild on Jan. 13 — to just nine heading into tonight’s action.

For slumping Preds, schedule not affording many breaks


There are not the best of times for Nashville.

The Preds are reeling, having gone 2-7-1 in their last nine games. They’ve also lost six straight — in regulation, no less — meaning they’ve been stuck on 89 points for more than two weeks, losing top spot in the NHL and having their Central Division lead whittled away.

Now, they’re without a home. Well, temporarily without a home.

This week, Bridgestone Arena hosts the SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament, meaning the Preds will spend the next four games on the road — a swing that begins tonight in Arizona and continues on through San Jose, Los Angeles and Anaheim.

It’s a tough stretch, to say the least.

There’s a decent chance Nashville bumps the slump tonight against a bad Arizona team — the Coyotes have just one win in their last 12 games, and have lost twice to the Preds this season — but from there, things become much more difficult. San Jose is in full-fledged desperation mode, fighting for its playoff life; same goes for the Kings, who are currently on the outside of the postseason picture and have played Nashville tight this season, losing once in a shootout and once in OT.

After the L.A. game — which goes on Saturday night — the Preds play the second of a back-to-back in Anaheim on Sunday, against a Ducks team they’ve failed to beat this season.

As such, you can expect a pretty spirited effort tonight in Glendale. The Preds know they’ve got a tough stretch following the Coyotes game, and admit this current losing streak is gnawing away at them.

“A lot of guys in here are (angry) and frustrated,” captain Shea Weber said, per the Tennessean. “We’ve got to find a way. We’re working at this.

“It’s not going to come easy, we know that.”

(Video) PHT Extra: Do the Preds have the best defense in the NHL?


The Nashville Predators may not have an elite center like Sidney Crosby or Jonathan Toews, but with the addition of Cody Franson from Toronto, their defense could line up as follows in the postseason:

Roman Josi — Shea Weber
Seth Jones — Cody Franson
Mattias Ekholm — Ryan Ellis

Now put goalie Pekka Rinne behind that blue-line corps, and you can see what GM David Poile was thinking when he made the trade.