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Tkachuk scores tying, winning goals, Flames top Predators

Calgary Flames left wing Matthew Tkachuk (19) celebrates with goaltender David Rittich (33), of the Czech Republic, after Tkachuk scored against the Nashville Predators in overtime of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. The Flames won 6-5. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)


When, where: 9 p.m. Saturday, Scotiabank Saddledome

TV, radio: FSM, WXOS (101.1 FM)

About the Flames:

Calgary won 50 games and finished with 107 points last season for its first Western Conference regular-season title in 29 years. Next came a hugely-disappointing five-game exit in the first round of the playoffs to Colorado. This season the Flames (10-7-2) got off to a so-so start but have perked up lately, winning four of their last five contests including a 5-2 victory Thursday over the New Jersey Devils. They are 6-1-1 at home and Saturday’s game against the Blues is Game 3 of a four-game homestand.

St. Louisan Matthew Tkachuk leads the team in scoring with 18 points (nine goals, nine assists). But Elias Lindholm is the top goal-scorer so far, with 10. Johnny Gaudreau, aka “Johnny Hockey,” ended a 12-game goal drought with goals in both of the Flames’ last two contests.

David Rittich (9-4-2) has gotten most of the work in goal with a 2.74 goals-against average and .915 save percentage.