Flames Look to Bounce Back Against Predators A Western Conference showdown in Music City headlines Thursday’s action in the NHL. The Calgary Flames will look to end their two-game skid against a Nashville Predators club that’s won four games in a row. The Flames’ woes haven’t been for a lack of solid defensive play. Led by netminder David Rittich, they’ve allowed just three goals in regulation over their last two games. Their offense, on the other hand, has struggled to find the net. They’ll need their big guns to step up against the league’s top-scoring team if they hope to get back to the win column.

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Scoring an average of four goals per game, the Preds are off to a stellar start this season. They’re tied with the Colorado Avalanche atop the Central Division with 17 points, and not surprisingly, it’s been their defensive core that’s led the offensive charge. Ryan Ellis (2 goals, 11 assists) and Roman Josi (5 goals, 8 assists) share the team lead in points. For Calgary, they’ve had to rely on their top line of Matthew Tkachuk (4 goals, 6 assists), Johnny Gaudreau (3 goals, 8 assists) and Elias Lindholm (8 goals, 2 assists) to carry the offensive load thus far. They’ll look for a more balanced scoring attack beginning this Thursday against the Preds. Game time is set for 8 PM ET.