Scouting Report: Nashville Predators

Friday, 24.01.2014 / 12:00 PM / News
By Aaron Vickers  - CalgaryFlames.com (@aavickers)
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Scouting Report: Nashville Predators
Keep an eye on these Predators when Nashville visits the Calgary Flames
CALGARY, AB -- Much has changed in the two weeks since the Calgary Flames and Nashville Predators last squared off, a weekday affair that saw the Flames drop a 4-2 decision in Nashville.

A win over Calgary has jumpstarted the Predators in January. Including taking two points on Jan. 14, Nashville is 4-1-0 over their past five games, moving over .500 at 23-22-7. They do, however, remain 11th in the Western Conference.

They're hoping some new personnel in Devan Dubnyk and Michael Del Zotto can help chance that, however. Both have been acquired in the past week in

This Season: 23-22-7, 53 points (11th in West)
Last Season: 16-23-9, 41 points (14th in West)
Notable Injuries: Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (hip infection) remains on injured reserve.

Flames Season Series Record: 0-1-0

WHO'S HOT

SHEA WEBER

The team's hottest skater the last time the Flames and Predators met, Weber continues to shine in Nashville. The 28-year-old now sits second in team scoring with 13 goals and 34 points thanks in part to a run that has seen him find the back of the net three times in the past five games.

WHO'S NOT

DEVAN DUBNYK

Though he’s played just one game with the Predators, Dubnyk didn’t impress. In 59 minutes of work, the former Edmonton Oilers goaltender allowed five goals on 29 shots to lose his Nashville debut. In his past four games dating back to his tenure with the Oilers, Dubnyk is 1-3-0, allowing 18 goals along the way.

THREE PLAYERS TO WATCH

DAVID LEGWAND

Struggling the last time the two teams met, a date against the Flames helped jumpstart Legwand. The 33-year-old had three assists against the Flames 10 days ago and now has seven points in his previous five games. Overall, the first pick in franchise history leads the team with 35 points.

MICHAEL DEL ZOTTO

Del Zotto was acquired by the Predators a day ago in exchange for fellow defenceman Kevin Klein. The 23-year-old managed to arrive in time to play against the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday, recording no points in 13:15 of action. Split between the Predators and New York Rangers, Del Zotto has two goals and 11 points in 43 games this season.

CRAIG SMITH

With 16 goals in 49 games, Smith has paced the Predators in goals this season. Overall, Smith’s 30 points rank him third on the team while the former fourth round pick from the 2009 NHL Entry Draft also leads Nashville with a plus-4 rating, too.