PREDATORS (39-14-9) at OILERS (27-32-4)
9 p.m. ET; SNW, FS-TN, NHL.TV
The Nashville Predators will go for a season-high sixth consecutive win when they visit the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place on Thursday.
The Predators are first in the Central Division, four points ahead of the Winnipeg Jets, and tied with the Vegas Golden Knights for first in the Western Conference.
A Predators victory will give David Poile the most wins by a general manager (1,320) in NHL history, surpassing Glen Sather.
Edmonton is sixth in the Pacific Division, 17 points behind the Los Angeles Kings for third, and 16 behind the Anaheim Ducks for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference.
Players to watch
Predators right wing Craig Smith is on an eight-game point streak (four goals, five assists).
Oilers left wing Pontus Aberg will play against the Predators for the first time since being traded to Edmonton by Nashville for center Mark Letestu on Feb. 25. Aberg had an assist in his Oilers debut, a 5-2 loss at the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday.
They said it
"They have a dangerous team and they're still playing hard. No matter where you sit in the standings, any team is dangerous. Obviously, their season hasn't gone the way they've like, which presents a dangerous beast, you could say." -- Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis
"It's going to be fun to play them, they're a good team. I don't know if I have anything to prove. I just want to play the game and show the things everyone wants to see out there from me." -- Oilers forward Pontus Aberg
Predators projected lineup
Filip Forsberg -- Ryan Johansen -- Ryan Hartman
Kevin Fiala -- Kyle Turris -- Craig Smith
Scott Hartnell -- Nick Bonino -- Calle Jarnkrok
Austin Watson -- Colton Sissons -- Viktor Arvidsson
Roman Josi -- Ryan Ellis
Mattias Ekholm -- P.K. Subban
Alexei Emelin -- Yannick Weber
Scratched: Anthony Bitetto, Miikka Salomaki, Matt Irwin
Oilers projected lineup
Milan Lucic -- Connor McDavid -- Anton Slepyshev
Michael Cammalleri -- Leon Draisaitl -- Ty Rattie
Jesse Puljujarvi -- Ryan Strome -- Pontus Aberg
Drake Caggiula -- Jujhar Khaira -- Iiro Pakarinen
Darnell Nurse -- Kris Russell
Andrej Sekera -- Ethan Bear
Oscar Klefbom -- Matt Benning
Scratched: Yohann Auvitu
Injured: Ryan, Nugent-Hopkins (ribs), Adam Larsson (personal), Zack Kassian (leg)
Russell is a game-time decision. He's missed the past two games after blocking a shot with his hand Saturday … Bear is expected to make his NHL debut. He was recalled up from Bakersfield of the American Hockey League on Tuesday.
Josi has 12 points (goal, 11 assists) in a five-game point streak. … McDavid has nine points (five goals, four assists) in his past six games.