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Nashville Predators can't handle the Flames, lose 5-0

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The Calgary Flames ran their impressive road record to 10-1-3 at the expense of the Nashville Predators tonight, thanks to a gritty defensive effort that was complemented with opportunistic scoring. Curtis Glencross led all scorers with a goal and two assists, while Miikka Kiprusoff turned aside 22 shots for the shutout.

After the jump we've got the video highlights, recap, and advanced even-strength statistics...

The Flames played pretty much an ideal road game; a concerted effort to backcheck through center ice and defend the slot in their own zone, combined with an ability to capitalize on the offensive opportunities they were able to create for themselves. A scoreless first period led to an early goal in the second for David Moss, who took a blocked shot the other way, breaking in alone on Pekka Rinne.

Rinne was generally solid while the game was competitive as the Preds got outshot 30-22 on the evening. Nashville failed to generate many dangerous scoring chances despite furious line juggling by Barry Trotz in the final period. The Predators power play also failed to connect for the third straight game, this time in three chances.

Martin Erat, after showing some life last week, was completely ineffective once again, with 0 shots on goal in 16:48 of ice time. In his last three games, he has a grand total of 1 shot on goal in a combined 51:48 of action.

Despite the loss, Nashville finished the month with an impressive 9-4-0 record, and remain in 2nd place in the Central Division. They head out for two games on the road now, Wednesday at Minnesota and Friday at Chicago.

Looking at the advanced even-strength stats, the top line of Sullivan-Arnott-Dumont had a rough night, leading to the 3rd period breakup. While Erat had positive Shots For/Against totals for the team while he was on the ice, he needs to play a leading role offensively for Nashville, and so far, his season has been a bust.

As for positives? Take a look down at the bottom again, and admire the fine results for Cody Franson.

 Even Strength Individual Totals Team Totals While Player Is On Ice
 Player Pos EV TOI Shots Shts Blkd Missed Shts Blocks SOG For SOG Ag SOG +/- Tot SF Tot SA Corsi
 Jason Arnott C 12:58 0 1 1 0 2 7 -5 11 14 -3
 Steve Sullivan L 12:02 1 0 0 0 2 7 -5 13 13 0
 J P Dumont R 12:19 0 0 0 3 3 8 -5 8 14 -6
 David Legwand C 16:14 2 2 1 1 10 10 0 24 16 8
 Jerred Smithson R 14:58 3 1 0 0 11 7 4 21 14 7
 Joel Ward R 16:23 2 1 2 0 10 10 0 20 16 4
 Marcel Goc C 13:45 1 1 1 0 5 4 1 14 9 5
 Martin Erat R 13:53 0 2 0 0 6 3 3 21 7 14
 Jordin Tootoo R 16:35 1 1 2 0 2 8 -6 16 13 3
 Wade Belak R 5:26 0 0 0 0 3 2 1 3 5 -2
 Michael Santorelli C 9:12 1 0 0 0 5 4 1 7 7 0
 Patric Hornqvist R 12:23 2 0 2 0 6 5 1 10 10 0
 Shea Weber D 18:31 1 0 4 1 12 12 0 24 18 6
 Ryan Suter D 18:10 3 1 2 1 11 10 1 23 17 6
 Kevin Klein D 17:19 1 2 3 2 4 10 -6 21 16 5
 Francis Bouillon D 16:39 2 0 0 1 6 4 2 12 11 1
 Dan Hamhuis D 17:28 0 2 1 0 3 10 -7 19 18 1
 Cody Franson D 16:11 1 1 0 2 8 4 4 13 12 1