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NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Ticker) -- One team is looking to make the playoffs for the first time in eight years and another is seeking a first postseason berth Saturday night as the Calgary Flames visit the Nashville Predators on Saturday night.

Calgary, which has not made the postseason, since 1995-96, is sixth in the Western Conference with 79 points. With 12 games remaining, the Flames are three behind fifth-place Dallas.

Calgary is unbeaten in three games (2-0-1) and 5-3-1 over its last nine contests. The Flames will be starting a three-game road trip Saturday and are coming off Thursday's 4-2 home win over Ottawa. Ville Nieminen scored the go-ahead goal with 10:44 remaining and fellow newcomer Marcus Nilson tallied twice.

In reaching 35 wins for the first time since 1993-94, general manager Darryl Sutter's acquisitions paid significant dividends for the Flames.

Nashville is tied with Los Angeles for the final playoff spot in the West. The Predators have six more wins than Los Angeles and lead ninth-place St. Louis by just one point and 10th-place Edmonton by five.

Nashville is winless in five of its last six games (1-3-2). On Thursday, defensemen Kimmo Timonen scored a power-play goal and Tomas Vokoun stopped 28 shots in a 1-1 tie at St. Louis.

The teams are meeting for the third time this season. Vokoun stopped 29 shots in Nashville's 4-1 home win on November 13. Matthew Lombardi and Shean Donovan each scored twice in Calgary's 4-0 home win on January 22.

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