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The Five Takeaways: Flames vs. Predators

Sunday, 01.01.2012 / 5:25 PM / Calgary Flames Budweiser Game Day
By Torie Peterson  - CalgaryFlames.com (@toriepeterson)
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The Five Takeaways: Flames vs. Predators





SHUFFLING UP THE LINES

Bench boss Brent Sutter opted to shuffle his lines and defensive pairings after two back-to-back losses.

Blake Comeau moved up to play with Mikael Backlund and Rene Bourque, Brendan Morrison centered Paul Byron and Lee Stempniak and Roman Horak was flanked by Tom Kostopoulos and Tim Jackman.

On the blueline, Jay Bouwmeester was originally paired with Scott Hannan, Chris Butler played with Cory Sarich and TJ Brodie skated alongside Anton Babchuk.

He then threw the original lines into the blender once the Predators surged ahead in the first period.

By the end of the night, Bouwmeester had played with four different partners.

PREDS PUSH BACK

The Flames opened the scoring when Jarome Iginla potted his 499th career goal and that seemed to spark Nashville.

They tallied four times before the Flames found a way to beat Rinne again.

RINNE STONES THE FLAMES

After allowing the Iginla goal early in the first stanza, Rinne was lights out for his club. He made several key saves before the Predators were able to get ahead of the Flames, quelling any momentum Calgary had from the captain's marker.

PUTTERING THROUGH THE SECOND PERIOD

The Flames would love to have their second period back as it cost them the win in the Nashville. They managed just four shots on net and allowed 15 to be sent at Kiprusoff. The Predators scored twice in the frame, one of those markers being the game winner.

TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE

Rene Bourque and Brendan Morrison scored in the final stanza and Calgary held the Predators to just five shots through those twenty minutes but they couldn't manage to find the equalizer in the third and ended up giving up an empty netter in the dying minutes.