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Streaking Predators visit Flyers

Nashville (33-28-4) at Philadelphia (34-19-10) 7:00 p.m. EST

PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- The Nashville Predators hope to take

their winning ways at home on the road Saturday when they visit

the Philadelphia Flyers.

After finishing off a perfect five-game homestand, Nashville has

catapulted itself into the Western Conference playoff picture.

With Thursday's 4-2 win over Columbus, their season-high sixth

straight, the Predators pulled into a tie for sixth place with

the Blue Jackets.

Ryan Jones and Steve Sullivan both scored late in the second

period to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 advantage en route to

the win.

Nashville has scored 27 goals in its last five games while

rookie goaltender Pekka Rinne has allowed only 11 goals in that

span.

Philadelphia has lost three of four (1-2-1) and opened a

five-game homestand of its own with a 5-1 loss to Calgary on

Thursday.

Mike Knuble scored his 23rd goal of the season but netminder

Antero Niittymaki allowed four goals on 19 shots before being

pulled in favor of Martin Biron.

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