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All eyes will be on Calgary Flames morning skate Friday to see if Johnny Gaudreau appears.The Flames star winger was levelled by Boston defensemen Charlie McAvoy in the third period of Calgary’s 5-2 home ice win on Wednesday.The winger took part in the ensuing power play but then went to the dressing room and didn’t emerge for the rest of the game.Article continues below ...The Flames did not practice on Thursday and will host the Nashville Predators on Friday.Flames general manager Brad Treliving relayed a message to reporters in Calgary on Thursday that Gaudreau was “fine.”The concussion spotter watching Thursday night wasn’t so sure after watching McAvoy send the speedster flying after Gaudreau was stopped on a deke attempt.“(Flames trainer Kent Kobelka) comes down and says Dougie Hamilton Jersey Womens , ‘Johnny’s gotta go. The spotters have called for him.’ That’s all I know,” Flames head coach Bill Peters said after the game. “Hopefully it’s nothing. Hopefully, it’s minor. But we’ll see.”Gaudreau scored his 100th NHL goal in the game and is off to a fast start with six goals and three assists in six games.The Flames have started fast as well, bringing a 4-2 record into Friday.Nashville is off to a slightly better start at 5-1. Their only defeat was at the hands of Calgary, a 3-0 final in Tennessee on Oct. 9.Nashville hasn’t played since Tuesday when they downed the Minnesota Wild at home 4-2. They flew to Alberta on Thursday afternoon.The Predators will face Calgary and immediately head to the airport for the brief flight north to Edmonton, where they will face Connor McDavid and the Oilers on Saturday.No problem, says Predators forward Ryan Hartman.“That’s part of the job,” he told nhl.com. “There’s plenty of other jobs that people do in life where they’re not getting much sleep. It’s just part of it.”With the back-to-back it’s likely the Predators will put Pekka Rinne in goal in Calgary and go with his backup Juuse Saros in Edmonton. That’s what they did on 11 occasions last season.Nashville has nine back-to-backs on their schedule in 2018-19.“Just because we have the backup in doesn’t mean we can’t win,” defensemen Yannick Webber told nhl.com. “Juuse gives us a chance to win every game he plays. We’ve seen it already this year, too, and we have a lot of confidence in him. It’s great to have that insurance back there.”If Gaudreau is not in the lineup for Calgary on Friday www.officialsharks.com/authentic-adidas-brent-burns-jersey , Calgary will hope for another strong outing from second-line winger, Michael Frolik, to fill the void. Frolik returned from being a healthy scratch on Wednesday and scored twice against Boston.“I didn’t have the start I was looking for, but it’s a long season,” he told reporters. “I just try to work hard in practice, get better every day and hopefully it’s going to turn around.“Tonight was a good start. Hopefully I can keep going.”The Predators are led in the early going by Filip Forsberg’s four goals and two assists through six games. Ryan Johansen has one goal and five helpers. CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Evander Kane continued his mastery of the Calgary Flames with another big performance for the San Jose Sharks.Kane scored twice and added an assist in the Sharks’ 5-2 victory Thursday night.Kane has nine goals and 13 points in five games against the Flames since being acquired from Buffalo in a trade last February.“We’re in the same division, they’re a top team,” said Kane, who had a game-high eight shots and was plus-3. “You’d like to think we rise to the occasion as a group and I thought we did that tonight. Those points are so valuable. It’s a four-point game against a team we’re chasing.”Four consecutive wins move the Sharks to within two points of Calgary for top spot in the division.Tomas Hertl also scored twice, and Brent Burns added a goal Julien Gauthier Jersey Womens , and Martin Jones made 36 saves.Jones was at his best in third period, turning aside all 12 shots he faced including diving across the crease to get the paddle of his stick on a shot from Johnny Gaudreau.“Their power play looked really, really dangerous,” San Jose captain Joe Thornton said, “and he probably made six or seven quality saves that probably saved us the game.”Mark Jankowski and TJ Brodie scored for Calgary. The Flames lost at home in regulation for the first time in nine games.Mike Smith took the loss after stopping 16 in relief after David Rittich was pulled in the first period.After Calgary opened the scoring on Jankowski’s goal at 4:36 of the first period, the Sharks scored on three straight shots in a 1:25 span.Kane tied it at 12:39 when he spun and sent a shot on net that dribbled through Rittich’s pads. Rittich then raced to a loose puck, but fired it straight into Burns, who skated in by himself and slid it into the vacated net. That was the end of the night for Rittich after allowing two goals on six shots.“He didn’t look comfortable,” Flames coach Bill Peters said. “I didn’t like either goal.”It didn’t start off any better for Smith, who was beaten by Hertl on a deflection 22 seconds after entering the game.Calgary turned on the pressure for much of the third period, but couldn’t get any closer despite several great chances.“You’ve got to bear down Womens Evander Kane Jersey ,” said Calgary’s Sean Monahan, who finished a game-worst minus-3. “It’s the NHL and it’s not easy to score goals. When you get your chances, you’ve got to be ready and put the puck in the back of the net or if not, it’s going to come back to bite you.”NOTES: Thornton had an assist for his 1,000th point with the Sharks. With 1,047 career assists, he moved within two of Gordie Howe for ninth on the NHL list. … Calgary fell to 24-4-1 when scoring first.UP NEXTSharks: At Edmonton on Saturday night.Flames: At Vancouver on Saturday night.