Another game in western Canada, another slow start, another starting goaltender pulled and another shoddy defensive performance.

Friday’s 6-3 loss at Calgary followed a familiar script for the Predators, who had lost 7-4 Thursday at Vancouver.

Goaltender Pekka Rinne was yanked early, and the Flames took advantage of Nashville’s mishaps in its own end to win and send the Predators to their second loss in a row on this five-game, eight-day, four-time zone trip.

They Predators (11-11-6) have been outscored 13-7 in the past two games, and their overall defensive breakdowns have been a concern for a team that prides itself on keeping the puck out of the net.

“We’re losing guys through the neutral zone, and we’re not clogging it up like we need to,” Predators forward Mike Fisher said. “In our own zone, we’re puck-watching too much. Teams have been burying their chances when they get them.”