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Game Day: Oilers vs. Preds

by Brooks Bratten / Nashville Predators

(6-8-1) Edmonton Oilers vs. Nashville Predators (9-3-2)
  7 P.M. | Bridgestone Arena
TV: None | Radio: 102.5 The Game

For the first time since Oct. 25, the Nashville Predators are set to play a game within the friendly confines of Bridgestone Arena. The Preds welcome the Edmonton Oilers to town tonight for the second of three meetings between the two clubs this season. Nashville took the first get-together in Edmonton on Oct. 29 by a 4-1 final.

Nashville returns home after a 12-day, six-game road trip which saw them collect eight out of a possible 12 points, picking up victories over Edmonton, Vancouver, Dallas and St. Louis over the past two weeks. The mark of four wins during the Country Music Association awards trip tied the franchise mark for victories across the excursion, set back in 2006, the year of the trip's inception.

Thanks to continued success on the road, Nashville is now 9-3-2 overall, good for tops in the Central Division. The start is the team's best since the 2006-07 season when they got off to a 9-3-1 start. Nashville's 20 points through 14 games is just one point shy of the team's best point total in as many games set in 2005-06, when, through 14 games, the club had 21 points.

Preds forward Filip Forsberg, much like his club, continues to shine. The 20-year-old rookie leads the Predators in points with 15 (6g-9a) and is currently riding a four-game goal-streak and a five-game point-streak. Forsberg is also tops among NHL rookies in points (15), plus/minus (+15) and is tied for first in assists (9). Forsberg also leads the overall League in the plus/minus category. The Ostervalla, Sweden, native is playing at better than a point-per-game pace, with 15 points through 14 contests this season.

Just like the Preds, the Oilers have also won two-straight, including a 3-1 defeat of the Rangers on Sunday evening in New York. Edmonton sits at the bottom of the Pacific Division, however, and is just 2-4-1 away from home. Three of Edmonton's young guns, Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, are all tied for the team lead in points with 10 apiece. Hall is currently listed on injured reserve with an MCL sprain.

Nashville holds a lead on the all-time record between the two foes, with the Predators going 31-23-(3)-3 against the Oil. The two will close out their season-series with a Thanksgiving night matchup in Nashville.
Veteran's Day:

The Preds are set to sport these sweaters during tonight's warm-ups in honor of Veteran's Day. More on the club's efforts to honor those who have, and are currently serving, can be read here.

Photo credit: Kevin Wilson

Predators Morning Skate Lines:


Forsberg - Ribeiro - Neal

Cullen - Roy - Smith

Bourque - Jarnkrok - Jokinen

Nystrom - Gaustad - Beck


Josi - Weber

Volchenkov - Jones

Ekholm - Ellis

Extras: Fisher, Bartley



*Probable Starter

Edmonton Probable Lines:


Pouliot - Nugent-Hopkins - Eberle

Purcell - Draisaitl - Pakarinen

Perron - Arcobello - Yakupov

Hendricks - Gordon - Joensuu


Nikitin - Petry

Ference - Schultz

Aulie - Fayne



*Probable Starter
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