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GAMEDAY: Preds host Oilers, 7PM

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators

TONIGHT'S MATCH-UP

WHO:
Nashville Predators (48-21-7) vs. Edmonton Oilers (31-38-7)

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WHEN: 7:00 p.m. CT

WHERE: Nashville Arena, Nashville, TN

TONIGHT THE PREDS WEAR: Gold

TONIGHT'S ANTHEM PERFORMER: Shirley Myers

TONIGHT'S INTERMISSION BAND: Damon Smith

TELEVISION: FSN South (Comcast cable Ch. 28 in Davidson and Williamson counties, DISH Network Ch. 446, DirecTV Ch. 664)

RADIO: WGFX 104.5-FM; SATELLITE RADIO: XM Radio Ch. 206, SIRIUS Radio Ch. 122

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Game Notes: Stats
Game Notes: Predators Info
Game Notes: Oilers Info
Game Notes: Game by Game
One-Sheet Game Preview

The Nashville Predators will close out their season series vs. Edmonton tonight with the second of two games in four days vs. the Oilers. Nashville defeated Edmonton 4-0 on Saturday at Rexall Place. The Predators, who are 3-0-0 vs. the Oilers this season, downed Edmonton 5-3 at Rexall Place on November 1 and notched a 3-2 win on December 12 in Nashville.

Face-off is at 7:00 p.m. CT and the game will be broadcast on FSN South and WGFX 104.5-FM.
 
Tonight's tilt marks the first of a five-game homestand for Nashville. The Predators will play just one more game on the road this season when they close out the 2006-07 regular season at Colorado on April 7. Nashville is 10-5-3 vs. Northwest Division opponents this season. 

Nashville entered last night's NHL action on top of the NHL with 103 points. The Detroit Red Wings trailed the Predators by two points (101) before their game with Anaheim (100) last night, the only match on the NHL schedule on Monday night.

Predators Notes

IT KEEPS GETTING BETTER
Nashville improved to 48-21-7 and has 103 points after Saturday's win. The Predators are one win away from equaling last season's franchise-record 49 wins and two wins shy of their first 50-win season in club history. Nashville is three points from equaling last season's franchise-best 106 points (49-25-8) and four points from improving on the previous year's mark for the third consecutive season (they had 74 points in 2003-03, 91 points in 2003-04 and 106 points in 2005-06).

SHUTTING IT DOWN
Tomas Vokoun made 26 saves vs. the Oilers on Saturday night to record his career-high fifth shutout of the season. Chris Mason also has five shutouts this season and the two netminders combined for one shutout, bringing the team total to a franchise-record 11 this season.

Morning Skate Interviews:

J.P. Dumont  (1:41)

Vern Fiddler  (4:38)

Head Coach Barry Trotz  (4:55)

RAD TIES ROOKIE MARK
Alexander Radulov posted a goal and an assist on Saturday vs. Edmonton, tying the franchise record for points by a rookie with 33 (15g-18a). Martin Erat totaled 33 points (9g-24a) in his first NHL season in 2001-02. Radulov, who is now one goal shy of tying the single-season record for goals by a Nashville rookie (Adam Hall had 16 in 2002-03), has three points (1g-2a) in his last two games and three goals in his last six contests. The Nizhni Tagil, Russia native ranks among NHL rookie leaders in goals (15), game-winning goals (4), game-deciding shootout goals (2) and plus/minus rating (+18).

PREDS QUICK HITS
The Predators are 26-6-4 at home this season and combined 58-14-5 in Nashville Arena since start of 2005-06 season... Nashville is a +35 in scoring in both the first and second periods this season... The Predators have outscored the opposition 90-55 in the first period and 93-58 in the second period this season... Paul Kariya needs one assist for his sixth career 50-assist season and is three assists shy of his 500th NHL assist... Jason Arnott has six points, including five goals, in his last nine games (5g-1a)... Peter Forsberg has two assists in each of his last two games and has 11 points (1g-10a) in his last eight games overall... Vern Fiddler has a goal in each of his last two games... Jerred Smithson has won 10 of 14 face-offs (71.4%) over the last two games and leads Nashville forwards in shorthanded time on ice per game (3:25)... Kimmo Timonen has 14 points (3g-11a-14pts) in his last 14 games.

 

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