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Game Day: Oilers vs. Preds

by Thomas Willis & Brooks Bratten / Nashville Predators

(0-1-0) Edmonton Oilers vs. Nashville Predators (1-0-0)
  6 P.M. | Bridgestone Arena | #EDMvsNSH
TV: FS-TN | Radio: 102.5 The Game | Pregame: 5:30 P.M.
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It's the first Golden Saturday of the season as the Nashville Predators are set to host the Edmonton Oilers tonight at Bridgestone Arena in the second game of the campaign, a special 6 p.m. start time.

Nashville started the season with a 2-1 victory over Carolina on Opening Night, with the game-winning goal coming from rookie Viktor Arvidsson, his first tally in the NHL. Edmonton fell to St. Louis in their opener on Thursday night by a 3-1 final.

Preds players will sport Gold helmets on the ice tonight, marking the debut of the new accessory in Smashville. In addition, the first 10,000 fans wearing gold will receive Gold foam helmets.

“We’re excited, it’s going to be something new, something different to bring to the atmosphere of the rink,” defenseman Seth Jones said of Golden Saturdays. “It’s going to be awesome, the guys are really looking forward to it.”

The arrival of the Oilers in town also means the chance to see Edmonton rookie Connor McDavid, arguably the most highly touted prospect to enter the League in the last decade. Predators Head Coach Peter Laviolette says the team is well aware of what McDavid can do on the ice.

“You watch a pre-scout of Edmonton and you can see what he’s capable of," Laviolette said of McDavid. "We get a firsthand look at them [tonight], so it’s a good challenge for our club. He’s a good player. He’s young, but he’s a good player and you have to pay attention to what he’s doing.”

The Preds have an equally impressive young player in Filip Forsberg, entering his second full season in the NHL. Forsberg led the Preds in points last season (63) as a rookie and was the only rookie to lead his team in the category.

Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne is on the verge of a milestone, and is just one game away from tying Tomas Vokoun for the franchise's all-time, games-played record by a goaltender with 383. Mike Dunham (217 games), Chris Mason (146 games), and Dan Ellis (110 games) round out the Top Five.

Tonight's outing with the Oilers is the first of three matchups between the two clubs this season. Nashville swept the season series in 2014-15, winning all three contests by a combined score of 8-3. Over the last three seasons, the Predators have won four of five games against the Oilers at Bridgestone Arena, going 4-1-0 in that span. All-time, the Preds are 33-23-6 against Edmonton.


Predators Game Day Video:

Preds Players: Mike Fisher, Roman Josi and Filip Forsberg


What to Watch for: Preds Web Team Breakdown


Coach Presser: Head Coach Peter Laviolette


Projected Lineups:

Nashville Predators:

Forwards
Filip Forsberg Mike Ribeiro Calle Jarnkrok
Colin Wilson Mike Fisher Craig Smith
Viktor Arvidsson Cody Hodgson James Neal
Eric Nystrom Paul Gaustad Gabriel Bourque
Defense
Roman Josi Shea Weber
Barret Jackman Seth Jones
Mattias Ekholm Ryan Ellis

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Goaltenders: Pekka Rinne is the projected starter in net with Carter Hutton serving as the backup.

Extra: (D) Victor Bartley, (D) Anthony Bitetto and (F) Austin Watson



Edmonton Oilers:

Forwards
Taylor Hall Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Teddy Purcel
Ben Pouliot Connor McDavid Lauri Korpikoski
Nail Yakupov Anton Lander Anton Slepyshev
Matt Hendricks Mark Letestu Rob Klinkhammer
Defense
Oscar Klefbom Justin Schultz
Andrej Sekera Mark Fayne
Andrew Ference Eric Gryba

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Goaltenders: Cam Talbot is the projected starter in net with Anders Nilsson serving as the backup.

Extra: (F) Jordan Eberle, (D) Griffin Reinhart, (D) Brandon Davidson

- Edmonton's lineup via NHL.com

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