PREDATORS (26-20-7) at OILERS (28-20-6)
7 p.m. ET; SN360, CITY, SNW, FS-TN, NHL.TV
Mike Smith will play his 600th NHL game when the Edmonton Oilers host the Nashville Predators at Rogers Place on Saturday.
The goalie is 6-0-2 with a .914 save percentage in his past eight starts for Edmonton, which has lost two straight after going 7-1-1 in its previous nine games.
Goalie Pekka Rinne is expected to start for the Predators, who have won two straight and are 5-2-0 in their past seven games after being 3-6-1 in its previous 10 games.
Nashville hasn't won three straight games since winning four straight from Oct. 22-29.
Players to watch
Predators defenseman Roman Josi has 53 points (14 goals, 39 assists) in 53 games this season and had two assists in a 3-2 win against the Calgary Flames on Thursday.
Oilers center Connor McDavid has 16 points (eight goals, eight assists) in his past 11 games.
They said it
"We're starting to build more confidence with every game and we're sticking to our game plan. The games we've played (on the road trip) we've gotten down a couple goals or by a goal and you're seeing our fight back and our push back and it's been pretty impressive." -- Predators defenseman Dante Fabbro after practice Friday
"The other night (6-3 loss against the San Jose Sharks) just wasn't good enough for us. We know this is a big game and these guys have been rolling here as of late and they're going to make things hard for us, so we have to make sure we have a good start and continue that work all the way through." -- Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
Predators projected lineup
Matt Duchene -- Ryan Johansen -- Mikael Granlund
Filip Forsberg -- Kyle Turris -- Craig Smith
Rocco Grimaldi -- Nick Bonino -- Viktor Arvidsson
Yakov Trenin -- Colton Sissons -- Colin Blackwell
Roman Josi -- Dante Fabbro
Jarred Tinordi -- Mattias Ekholm
Dan Hamhuis -- Yannick Weber
Scratched: Austin Watson, Matt Irwin
Injured: Ryan Ellis (upper body), Calle Jarnkrok (illness)
Oilers projected lineup
Sam Gagner -- Connor McDavid -- Zack Kassian
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins -- Leon Draisaitl -- Kailer Yamamoto
Tyler Benson -- Gaetan Haas -- Alex Chiasson
Jujhar Khaira -- Riley Sheahan -- Josh Archibald
Darnell Nurse -- Ethan Bear
Oscar Klefbom -- Adam Larsson
Caleb Jones -- Matt Benning
Scratched: Patrick Russell, William Lagesson
Injured: Joakim Nygard (hand), Kris Russell (concussion), James Neal (foot)
Nashville did not have a morning skate. … Ellis practiced on Friday but the defenseman is not expected to play. … Jarnkrok, a forward, has missed the past four games with an illness but could play. … Neal did not participate in an optional morning skate for Edmonton on Saturday. The forward will miss his fifth straight game. … Jones will return to the lineup in place of Lagesson.
Granlund has five points (four goals, one assist) in his past six games. …Draisaitl has 22 points (seven goals, 15 assists) in his past 13 games. He does not have a point in his past two games, the third time this season he's gone two straight games without a point. ... Nugent-Hopkins has 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) in his past 13 games.