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GAME: Edmonton Oilers (8-7-1) at Nashville Predators (8-2-3).

TIME: Tuesday, 8 p.m. EST.

The Nashville Predators were the talk of the NHL as they opened this season with an eight-game winning streak.

That seems like a long time ago now.

Nashville will try to halt a five-game losing streak when it faces the Edmonton Oilers at the Gaylord Entertainment Center.

During their eight-game streak, the Predators outscored opponents 27-19. Since then, Nashville has had trouble finding the net, getting outscored 13-8 in five games.

The Predators' latest loss, 3-2 to the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday, came in controversial fashion after Jeremy Roenick's shootout goal was reviewed by officials and allowed to stand.

Roenick skated in hard on Nashville's Tomas Vokoun, with his momentum sending him onto the ice and into Vokoun, who also fell over. A video review helped referees decide Roenick hadn't put in his own rebound.

"I wasn't sure if he carried me with the puck into the net when he went into me," Vokoun said. "Everybody I talked to said he hit it twice, so I don't understand why it's a goal. We should have won that game in regulation. Then the shootout wouldn't have been necessary."

During the winning streak, Vokoun was 7-0 with a 2.09 goals-against average and a .932 save percentage. Over his last four games, Vokoun is 0-4 with a 3.32 GAA and an .898 save percentage.

He gave up five goals on Oct. 29 in the Predators' 5-1 loss to the Oilers. He is 3-8-2 with a 3.19 GAA and .882 save percentage lifetime against Edmonton.

The Oilers' season-high five-game winning streak ended Monday with 4-0 loss to the Dallas Stars. Goaltender Jussi Markkanen gave up four goals on 23 shots before he was replaced by rookie Michael Morrison early in the third period.

Edmonton, meanwhile, managed just six shots on goal in the first two periods and finished with 16.

"It was just a matter of us getting more pucks on the net," Edmonton's Ryan Smyth said. "They were good defensively and at key times (Dallas goaltender Marty) Turco made the saves."

The Oilers will look to right wing Ales Hemsky to duplicate the success he had earlier this season against Nashville. Hemsky had a career-high four points on a goal and three assists in a 5-1 victory over the Predators last week.

STANDINGS (through Nov. 7): Oilers - 17 points, 4th place, 5 PB, Northwest Division. Predators - 19 points, 2nd place, 8 PB, Central Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Oilers - Raffi Torres, 9 goals; Hemsky, 12 assists and 15 points; Ethan Moreau, 34 PIM. Predators - Steve Sullivan, Paul Kariya and Yanic Perreault, 5 goals; Sullivan, 8 assists and 13 points; Jeremy Stevenson, 46 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through Nov. 7): Oilers - Power play: 17.8 percent (18 for 101), 16th in NHL. Penalty killing: 80.7 percent (84 for 104), 18th. Predators - Power play: 15 percent (12 for 80), 22nd. Penalty killing: 85.2 percent (75 for 88), 6th.

GOALTENDERS: Oilers - Markkanen (7-6-1, 0 SO, 2.85 GAA); Morrison (0-0-0, 0.00). Predators - Vokoun (7-2-2, 2.59); Chris Mason (1-0-1, 3.31).

SEASON SERIES: Oilers, 1-0.

LAST MEETING: Oct. 29; Oilers, 5-1. At Nashville, Tenn., Markkanen made 23 saves and Edmonton scored five unanswered goals.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Oilers - 5-5-0 on the road; Predators - 5-1-0 at home.

Associated Press
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