The Nashville Predators remain in the province of Alberta, as they've traveled north to Edmonton to take on the Oilers at Rogers Place tonight. It's the first of three meetings between the two this season; the Oilers will make two trips to Nashville in the month of February.
The Predators were victorious last night in Calgary, producing a 4-3 win over the Flames. Ryan Ellis scored twice and Juuse Saros made 32 saves in net to help put the Preds back into the second Wild Card spot in the Western Conference.
Ryan Johansen continues to lead the Predators in scoring with 30 points, followed by Filip Forsberg who has 12 goals and 28 points. Captain Mike Fisher and forward Viktor Arvidsson have 27 points apiece, and James Neal leads the team in goals with 15. Goaltender Pekka Rinne is 16-12-6 on the season.
Edmonton (25-15-7) has won four in a row, including a 4-3 overtime victory against Florida on Wednesday. Connor McDavid leads the team, and the League, in points with 54, including 15 goals. He's followed by Leon Draisaitl with 17 goals and 40 points and Jordan Eberle, who has 28 points. Patrick Maroon leads the Oilers with 18 goals on the season. Cam Talbot is 24-12-6 in net; Laurent Brossoit, the other goaltender currently on the Edmonton roster, has yet to start a game this season.
Video: Preds visit Rogers Place for the first time
Update: The Predators have activated defenseman P.K. Subban from Injured Reserve and expect him to play tonight. Hear more from Subban here.
Nashville's projected lineup is available here.
As the Preds look for back-to-back wins in Alberta, here are three things to watch for:
Having Their Number:
It's been a good run over the past two seasons for the Predators when it comes to facing Edmonton, having won six consecutive games over the Oilers and outscoring them 17-6 in those contests. Pekka Rinne, who is likely to start tonight, has also won six straight over Edmonton, recording two shutouts in that stretch. However, this is a different Oilers team than what the Preds have seen in recent memory, sitting third in the Pacific Division with 57 points.
After a slow start, Filip Forsberg continues to heat up. The Swede scored his 12th of the season last night in Calgary and his team-leading fourth game-winning tally. Forsberg has nine goals in his last 15 outings, including three in his last four. Forsberg's success is good news for the Preds as they continue to make their playoff push in the second half of the season.
In just his second season in the NHL, Connor McDavid has been nothing short of spectacular. With 54 points in 47 games, McDavid leads the team and the League in scoring. It's almost impossible to stop him completely, so the Preds will look to contain McDavid, and slowing down his line could go a long way in the quest for victory in the second half of a back-to-back for Nashville.
Take It In:
Tonight's game comes with an 8 p.m. CT start at the brand-new Rogers Place in Edmonton. Predators Live! begins at 7:30 p.m. on Fox Sports Tennessee, while Predators Pregame starts at 7 p.m. on 102.5 The Game and the Predators Radio Network.