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Friday, January 24th (All times Eastern)

Nashville Predators (23-22-7) at Calgary Flames (17-27-7), 9 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - After snapping the longest home losing streak in franchise history, the Calgary Flames will try to create some momentum on their current residency as they tangle with the Nashville Predators on Friday night.

The Flames snapped a seven-game skid as the hosting club on Wednesday, holding on for a 3-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes. Calgary had been outscored 22-4 and shut out four times over its home skid, but Matt Stajan's goal late in the second period held up as the winner versus the Coyotes.

Rookie Sean Monahan netted his team-leading 14th goal, Lance Bouma also scored and Karri Ramo made 30 saves as the Flames snapped a four-game overall slide with their first win at home since Dec. 23 versus St. Louis.

"We needed that," said Stajan, who signed a four-year, $14 million contract extension on Monday. "We've been fighting it here on home ice, there's no secret to that. We got some timely goals and Ramo did a good job there. And as a team, we didn't give up much. Most of the shots were from the outside. We can start building off that one."

The Flames play the second contest of their five-game homestand tonight and are expected to give Ramo the start again. He faced the Predators for the first time in his career on Jan. 14, giving up four goals on 34 shots in a 4-2 road loss.

Lee Stempniak and Mikael Backlund had the goals in a losing effort, with Jiri Hudler assisting on both. Ryan Ellis and Craig Smith scored within the first 2:40 of the third period for the Predators, who won their third straight over the Flames.

Carter Hutton made 22 saves for Nashville in the rookie's first ever encounter with Calgary.

The Preds have lost two straight, four of five and eight of their last 12 in Calgary, but are coming off Thursday's 2-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks that was Nashville's first this season when trailing after two periods.

The Predators were 0-21-2 in games when they trailed after 40 minutes, but Nick Spaling assisted on Smith's tying goal before netting the game-winner at the 12:38 mark of the frame.

Spaling fed Smith with a behind-the-net pass 3:28 into the third period and put home his winner by deflecting a shot by rookie defenseman Seth Jones' point shot.

"We fell behind early, but it was a good job of staying with it and we managed to come back," Spaling said.

Nashville claimed the opener of a four-game road trip and has won two straight as well as four of its last five games. The club last won three in a row from Dec. 10-14.

Last night featured the Predators debut of defenseman Michael Del Zotto, acquired from the New York Rangers in a trade a day earlier for blueliner Kevin Klein.

Del Zotto was paired with Jones and logged 13:15 of ice time, though the offensive-minded defender did not see power play time.

Though Hutton won his fourth straight start, yielding seven goals in that span, the Predators could still opt to give Devan Dubnyk his second start in a Nashville uniform tonight.

Acquired earlier this month from Edmonton, Dubnyk yielded five goals on 29 shots on Jan. 18 in a loss to Colorado in his Nashville debut.

However, Dubnyk is 6-4-2 with a 2.27 goals against average in his career versus the Flames, shutting them out with 27 saves when he faced them on Dec. 27 with the Oilers.

01/24 10:22:34 ET

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Local
Final
CHA 100
ORL 105
Half
DUKE 36
TEMPL 26
 
Final
CHA 100
ORL 105
Final
PHI 96
PHO 122
Final
ATL 99
DET 89
 
Final
TOR 124
MIL 83
 
Final
MEM 117
BOS 100
 
4th
OKC 90
BRK 93
 
Final
WAS 91
CLE 78
 
Final
MIN 92
SAN 121
 
4th
DAL 117
LAL 88
 
3rd
DEN 65
NOP 55
 
10:30pm Tonight
POR
CHI
10:30pm Tonight
GSW
UTA
1:00pm Today
BUF 0
KSU 0
3rd
RICE 17
UTEP 6
 
2nd
SDST 13
AFA 7
 
2nd
UTST 7
SJST 0
 
Final
COC 50
TEXAM 59
Final
DREX 70
USC 72
Final
GWEBB 72
CLEM 70
Final
MIAMI 79
AKR 51
Final
UCONN 75
DAY 64
Final
NEV 60
SHU 68
Final
LONG 81
UNCG 79
Final
ARKPB 46
VALPO 59
 
Final
WVU 70
BC 66
Final
TOWS 58
CCST 49
 
Final
YALE 70
ILLCH 58
 
Final
IOWA 63
SYR 66
 
Final
HAMP 82
ALCOR 69
 
Final
ODU 70
LSU 61
Final
KENT 89
BU 65
 
Final
SCAR 63
CHAR 65
 
Final
UVA 59
GWU 42
Final
WCU 72
HIWASSEE 53
 
Final
GT 78
MAST 69
 
Final
RIDE 78
LEH 74
 
Final
MSU 87
LOYC 52
 
Final
CMICH 76
MAINE 48
 
7:00pm Tonight
BUF 0
MNTST 0
 
Final
BAY 60
PVU 45
 
Final
HOF 66
USB 65
 
Final
OREG 78
TOL 68
 
Final
UGA 82
TROY 60
 
Final
STAN 89
UNLV 60
 
Final
FAIR 36
WOFF 54
 
Final
EMICH 71
YOUNG 62
 
Final
MON 73
COOK 50
 
Final
FIU 74
FLMEM 48
 
Final
KSU 74
SILL 51
 
Final
CAL 55
TEX 71
 
Final
GMAS 58
NMU 69
 
Final
ILL 107
PEAY 66
 
Final
ARK 99
DELST 71
 
Final
MCNST 85
JCHR 70
 
Final
NDST 68
KNST 55
 
Final
OKST 82
UWMIL 68
 
Final
LATU 73
MORE 64
 
Final
SDKST 74
NDAK 72
 
Final
XAV 81
STEPH 63
 
Final
UF 61
LAMON 56
 
2nd
WAKE 65
IONA 75
 
2nd
GRCN 48
FAM 26
 
2nd
COLST 59
UGST 58
 
2nd
WASU 46
IDST 44
 
2nd
WEBER 30
ILLST 44
 
2nd
AUB 52
LALAF 44
 
2nd
LOU 43
MARS 31
 
2nd
ORST 30
ORU 20
 
2nd
SD 43
SHSU 38
 
2nd
UTAH 66
UCR 30
 
Half
DUKE 36
TEMPL 26
 
Half
CORN 37
PSU 28
 
1st
CPSL 20
DEL 13
 
1st
SEAT 11
WASH 8
 
10:30pm Tonight
LBSU
KYST
10:35pm Tonight
AMER
PBY
11:59pm Tonight
HAW
PITT
Final
CLB 3
BOS 4
 
Final
PIT 4
NYI 5
 
7:00pm Tonight
BUF 0
NYR 0
 
2nd
EDM 0
NJD 0