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GAMEDAY: Preds at Oilers, 9PM

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators

TONIGHT'S MATCH-UP

WHO:
Nashville Predators (47-21-7) vs. Edmonton Oilers (31-37-7)

WHEN: 9:00 p.m. CT

WHERE: Rexall Place, Edmonton, Alta.

TONIGHT THE PREDS WEAR: White

TELEVISION: FSN South (Comcast cable Ch. 28 in Davidson and Williamson counties, DISH Network Ch. 451, DirecTV Ch. 664)

RADIO: WGFX 104.5-FM; SATELLITE RADIO: XM Radio Ch. 204, SIRIUS Radio Ch. 186

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The Nashville Predators and Edmonton Oilers will meet twice over the next four days, starting with tonight's showdown at Rexall Place. The season series will come to a close on Tuesday night at Nashville Arena. Nashville enters tonight's contest on the heels of Thursday's 3-2 overtime loss at Calgary, a result which guaranteed the Predators their third consecutive trip to the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Tonight's game, which faces off at 9:00 p.m. CT, will be broadcast on FSN South and WGFX 104.5-FM The Zone.

These two clubs have met twice previously this season: a 5-3 Nashville win at Rexall Place on November 1 and a 3-2 Predators win on December 12 in Nashville.

Tonight's tilt marks the final chapter of a three-game, four-night Western Canada swing for the Predators, which opened Wednesday at Vancouver (2-0 loss) and then moved to Calgary on Thursday. Nashville is 9-5-3 vs. Northwest Division opponents this season, including a mark of 4-3-1 on the road. After tonight's game, Nashville will play five straight home games before ending the 2006-07 regular season at Colorado on April 7.

With a 3-2 win over the Dallas Stars last Saturday, Nashville has reached the 100-point mark (47-21-7) for the second straight season. The Predators have posted franchise records this season in both road wins (21-15-3) and road points (45). In the Western Conference, only San Jose (25-13-1, 51 points) has posted more points on the road.

Predators Notes

The Predators are 18-4-2 on Saturdays this season, including a mark of 5-2-0 on the road... Peter Forsberg assisted on both Nashville goals on Thursday at Calgary and now has nine points (1g-8a) in 10 games as a Predator, including three assists in three tilts since returning to action Shea Weber skated in his 100th NHL game on Thursday at Calgary. The 21-year-old leads Nashville in hits (151) and leads club defensemen with 15 goals. Only Andy Delmore (18 in 2002-03 and 16 in 2001-02) scored more goals in a single season from the Nashville blue line... Center Jason Arnott scored his team-leading 26th goal of the season on Thursday at Calgary. He also leads the club in power-play goals (12) and is tied for the team lead with six game-winners... Rookie right wing Alexander Radulov (14g-17a-31pts) needs twopoints to tie Martin Erat's Nashville rookie record for points (9g-24a-33pts)... Edmonton native Vern Fiddler scored his career-high 10th goal of the season on Thursday at Calgary... Defenseman Ryan Suter, one of three Predators (along with J.P. Dumont and Paul Kariya) to have played in all 75 games this season, is also one of four Predators averaging over 20 minutes of ice time per game (20:04). His average this season is nearly three minutes more than his average ice time (17:21) from his rookie season a year ago... Defenseman Greg Zanon entered last night's NHL action ranked ninth in the league with a team-high 169 blocked shots... Goaltenders Tomas Vokoun and Chris Mason have combined for a team save percentage of .918, the third-highest in the NHL behind Minnesota (.919) and Vancouver (.919).

 

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