GAME: Nashville Predators (23-17-6-2) at Edmonton Oilers (19-21-8-1).
TIME: Saturday, 10 p.m. EST.
Nashville coach Barry Trotz wasn't happy with the way his team's seven-game
unbeaten streak ended. The Predators will try to get back on track as they face
the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place.
Nashville's 5-0-2 run was snapped in ugly fashion Thursday night, as Calgary
dominated the Predators in a 4-0 victory at the Pengrowth Saddledome. Shean
Donovan and Matthew Lombardi each scored twice, and Roman Turek made 23 saves
for his 25th career shutout for the Flames.
"They beat us on special teams, the power play, penalty killing, they beat
us five-on-five, and they beat us in net," Trotz said. "You're not going to
win too many games when a team beats you in all those areas."
Nashville dropped to 1-6-2-1 in its last 10 away from Gaylord Entertainment
Center. The Predators also face Vancouver and Columbus on its four-game trip.
Goalie Tomas Vokoun was pulled midway through the second period Thursday
after allowing four goals on 16 shots, but he will likely be back in net
against Edmonton. Vokoun came within nine seconds of shutting out the Oilers
when the teams met last Saturday.
Last-place Edmonton fell 3-2 to Tampa Bay on Thursday night. Radek Dvorak
and Brad Isbister both had a goal and an assist for the Oilers, but Edmonton
couldn't overcome a two-goal deficit after two periods despite outshooting the
Lightning 15-9 in the final 20 minutes.
"We honestly felt we could come back," Isbister said. "We went out with
that in mind. But we can't wait until the third period. It's a difficult thing
to come back two goals in the third period."
Especially for the Oilers, whose power play is ranked last in the NHL.
Edmonton couldn't convert with the man advantage early in the third and went
0-for-3 in the game. The Oilers' penalty killing isn't much better, ranking
second-to-last in the league.
Edmonton plays six of its next seven games at home.