OILERS (34-23-8) at PREDATORS (32-24-8)
8 p.m. ET; ESPN+, SN, TVAS, FS-TN, NHL.TV
The Edmonton Oilers will try to gain in the Pacific Division when they play the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on Monday.
Edmonton is four points behind the first-place Vegas Golden Knights and one point ahead of the third-place Calgary Flames. Forward Kailer Yamamoto will return after missing three games with an ankle injury.
The Predators are tied with the Winnipeg Jets and Arizona Coyotes for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference. They are 6-2-1 in their past nine games and trail the Vancouver Canucks by two points for the first wild card.
Players to watch
Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl has seven points (five goals, two assists) in his past five games.
Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis has eight points (one goal, seven assists) in a four-game point streak.
They said it
"It's an honor. I've got to keep playing the same way. If I slack off, I'm not that player anymore. I've just got to keep playing the same way I was before and keep pushing." -- Oilers forward Kailer Yamamoto
"It's a tough schedule coming up, but this is crunch time for us here. Every game means so much to us right now, and I know all the guys are pretty dialed in to what we need to do and what the job is at hand." -- Predators defenseman Dante Fabbro
Oilers projected lineup
Tyler Ennis -- Connor McDavid -- Josh Archibald
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins -- Leon Draisaitl -- Kailer Yamamoto
Andreas Athanasiou -- Riley Sheahan -- Zack Kassian
Jujhar Khaira -- Gaetan Haas -- Alex Chiasson
Darnell Nurse -- Ethan Bear
Caleb Jones -- Adam Larsson
Kris Russell -- Matt Benning
Scratched: William Lagesson, Markus Granlund. Patrick Russell
Injured: Oscar Klefbom (shoulder), Joakim Nygard (hand), James Neal (ankle), Mike Green (knee)
Predators projected lineup
Colin Blackwell -- Ryan Johansen -- Colton Sissons
Calle Jarnkrok -- Matt Duchene -- Viktor Arvidsson
Filip Forsberg -- Kyle Turris -- Mikael Granlund
Rocco Grimaldi -- Nick Bonino -- Craig Smith
Roman Josi -- Ryan Ellis
Jarred Tinordi -- Mattias Ekholm
Dan Hamhuis -- Dante Fabbro
Scratched: Korbinian Holzer, Austin Watson, Yannick Weber
Athanasiou moved from McDavid's line to Sheahan's at the morning skate. … The Predators did not hold a morning skate. … Rinne will start for the first time since Feb. 21.
Draisaitl has 14 points (10 goals, four assists) in 16 games against the Predators. … Rinne is 21-7-1 with a 2.31 goals-against average and .918 save percentage in 32 games against the Oilers.