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Preds can sweep Canadian road trip tonight in Calgary

Carl Soderberg gets in the NHL Goals of the Week mix with a shorthanded strike that finds net for the Avalanche.

If they can defeat the Flames tonight in Calgary, the Nasvhille Predators will go four-for-four on their road trip through western Canada

The Preds edged the Canucks, 2-1, last night in Vancouver. They beat Winnipeg and Edmonton by 4-1 scores on Thursday and Saturday, respectively.

Perhaps the most encouraging thing about the trip has been the play of Pekka Rinne. The 33-year-old has allowed just three goals on 80 total shots, for a save percentage of .963.

Rinne was named the first star in Vancouver, where the Preds were outshot 24-11 over the first two periods. The Finnish netminder helped keep the game tied, 1-1, heading into the final period, allowing James Neal to score the winner with less than five minutes remaining.

“We’re fighting to play for a Stanley Cup here. And right now with how tight the West is, you have to do anything you can to grab points to get into the playoffs,” Neal told reporters. “That’s where our team is at.”

Nashville has moved to within one point of the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference, currently held by Colorado. The Preds have played two fewer games than the Avs.

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