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Calgary Flames playoff hopes hit in shootout loss to Nashville Predators

Tommy Novak scored the shootout winner for the Nashville Predators, who kept their playoff hopes alive with a 3-2 win over the hosts. calgary flames on Monday.


Zach Sanford and Egor Afanasyev also scored for the Predators (41-31-8), who have two home games remaining in the regular season on Thursday against the Minnesota Wild and Friday versus the Colorado Avalanche.

Nashville goalie Juice Saros stopped 42 of 44 shots in regulation and OT, and three of four in the shootout.

The Winnipeg Jets had earlier defeated the San Jose Sharks 6–2 on Monday, which meant that both Calgary and Nashville needed a win at the Saddledome to mathematically stay alive in the post-season.

The Jets (45-32-3) have two games remaining in their regular season, and one game on the Flames.

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Winnipeg is on the road against wildfires on Tuesday and avalanches on Thursday.

Troy Stecher and Mikael Backlund scored in regulation and Jonathan Huberdeau scored in a shootout for the Flames (37-27-17), who closed out their season on Wednesday against the visiting Sharks.

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