The Nashville Predators are set to heat things up against the Calgary Flames, with the Preds’ star goaltender Juuse Saros ready to freeze out the competition and Jacob Markstrom of the Flames trying to extinguish his recent slump. 

In the high-stakes world of hockey, every detail matters. And when it comes to the upcoming clash between the Nashville Predators and the Calgary Flames, it's not just about the teams, but about two men standing in the net - Juuse Saros and Jacob Markstrom. 

The Predators are on a roller-coaster of a 5-game road trip, with two losses and a triumphant win against the Oilers. The momentum from that 5-2 victory is still fresh and is likely to propel the Preds forward.

Enter Juuse Saros, the Predators' netminder and a man who's no stranger to pressure. He's coming off a loss to seattle but has allowed more than 3 goals in just one of his previous 5 games. The man is a brick wall, and the Flames will have their work cut out trying to find a chink in his armor. 

Over in the Flames' corner, things are looking a little lukewarm. After a 6-3 victory in Seattle, they're facing a rough patch, with six losses in their last seven games. Their goal stats are a bit of a worry too, scoring on average 2.55 goals but leaking 3.64 goals per game. 

Jacob Markstrom, the Flames' goalie, is another cause for concern. Despite showing promise, Markstrom has been inconsistent, with a 1-7 record this season and four goals conceded in his each of his last two starts. Markstrom's only win of the year came on October 11, the season opener for the flames. Even more troubling is his track record against the Preds. Markstrom has NEVER defeated the Preds as a member of the Flames. 

The matchup seems to be tilting in favor of the Preds, but as we all know, the ice is slippery, and anything can happen. However, the Predators have a robust history of coming out on top against the Flames, with a 20-6 record in their last 26 meetings. Add to that a 7-1 straight-up in the last eight meetings, and it's clear to see why the Preds have the edge. 

Keep your eyes on the ice, folks. The heat is on, and the Preds are ready to bring the fire!

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