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Oilers meet Predators tonight at 8

by Staff Writer / Edmonton Oilers

Two high-flying, fast-skating teams meet up tonight as the Edmonton Oilers battle the Nashville Predators.

Edmonton is coming off an up-and-down week that saw the club open with a big win against Phoenix followed by road losses in Anaheim and Phoenix. They defeated Washington 4-0 on Saturday to get back on the winning track.

The Predators got off to a rocky start this season, losing each of their first three games and giving up a total of 17 goals in the process but have since gone 7-0-1 in their last eight games to rise to the top of the Central Division.

OILERS TO WATCH: Jarret Stoll and Ales Hemsky both have four-game scoring streaks Stoll has seven points and three of the four games in the streak he registered more than one point Hemsky has a goal and five assists for six points during that span Petr Sykora is Edmontons leading scorer with seven goals and 15 points through 11 games. Hes also tied for fifth in the league in scoring Toby Petersen made a big impression last game after being called up from Iowa (AHL). He netted an assist – his first regular-season point as an Oiler – and logged over ten minutes of ice-time playing an important role on the teams fourth line.

PREDATORS TO WATCH: The Preds have a powerful offensive attack led by big names such as former Oiler Jason Arnott, Paul Kariya and Steve Sullivan but the one player who has been a pleasant surprise for Nashville this season is left winger Martin Erat. Erat had 20 goals and 49 points in 80 games last year but this season he has 11 points through 10 games to lead the club Rookie Alexander Radulov has two goals in four games since being called up from Milwaukee (AHL).

ROSTER UPDATES: Edmonton – Ethan Moreau (shoulder) is out; Nashville – Josef Vasicek (hip flexor) is day-to-day; Greg Zanon (concussion) is day-to-day.

FAST FACTS: With wins in each of their first six home games, the Oilers have matched their longest home winning streak to start a season. They previously went 6-0-0 to open both the 1985-86 and 1986-87 campaigns The Oilers 7-4-0 record in October is the best start to a season that Edmonton has had since they went 9-4-1 in 2001-02 It is the eighth time in team history that the Oilers have won seven-or-more games in October Ryan Smyths game winner last Saturday came on the power play and it was his 107th power-play goal as an Oiler. That total tied him with Jari Kurri for third on the teams all-time list. Glenn Anderson is first with 126 PPGs and Wayne Gretzky is second, one goal behind him.

THIRD JERSEY: Tonight will be the third time out of ten this season that the Oilers will wear their third jersey. On the previous two occasions, the Oilers defeated Vancouver 2-1 on October 17 and also beat Phoenix 5-2 on October 23.
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