GAME: Edmonton Oilers (18-19-7-1) at Nashville Predators (21-16-6-2).
TIME: Saturday, 8 p.m. EST.
The Nashville Predators look to go unbeaten in regulation for an 11th
straight home game, and extend their overall undefeated streak to six when they
meet the Edmonton Oilers.
Nashville beat the Phoenix Coyotes 4-3 on Thursday night to improve to
6-0-3-1 in its last 10 games at Gaylord Entertainment Center. The Predators
haven't lost in regulation at home since falling 4-1 to the Los Angeles Kings
on Dec. 11.
Against Phoenix on Thursday, Tomas Vokoun stopped all eight shots he faced
in the third period, and Scott Hartnell scored in the final minute as the
Predators improved to 3-0-2 in their last five games.
After jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the first period, the Predators gave up
three consecutive goals. But Nashville's Martin Erat tied the game late in the
second period and Hartnell came through with 47 seconds left in the third.
"Getting a last-minute goal on the power play to get the two points rather
than one was huge," said Hartnell, who has two goals in three games since
returning from an ankle injury that caused him to miss 13 contests.
"It looked to me like it went off Scott Walker's stick. No matter who
scored it, it was a huge goal."
The Predators will be looking to continue their strong play at home against
an Edmonton club that is 5-0-1 in Nashville since the 2000-01 season.
The Oilers won their second straight game on Thursday, beating the Anaheim
Mighty Ducks 1-0 at home. Edmonton has won three of four, and is 5-2-0-1 in its
Ales Hemsky scored at 14:03 of the first period, and Tommy Salo made 28
saves for his second shutout in four games.
"Tommy played great, especially in the second period when they had a couple
of power plays," Edmonton coach Craig MacTavish said. "They could've easily
tied the game if it wasn't for Tommy."
The Oilers and Predators meet again next Saturday in Edmonton.