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Nashville Hosts Edmonton on Mike Fisher Night at Bridgestone Arenaby Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator
The Nashville Predators will look to finish off their three-game homestand with a win tonight as they host the Edmonton Oilers at Bridgestone Arena. It's the third and final meeting of the season between the two clubs; the Preds and Oilers have split the series thus far.
It's Mike Fisher Night in Nashville, and the Preds will be eager to impress their former captain after suffering a 5-0 loss at the hands of the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday evening. Despite the score, however, the Predators say the final tally wasn't necessarily indicative of their effort in a contest that ended their two-game win streak.
"We're in the business of winning hockey games, and it didn't happen today," Preds Head Coach Peter Laviolette said following the loss. "We'll look at it and we'll work to be better. There were a couple of games in the last 15 where I don't think we competed very hard or we didn't play very hard; I didn't think that was the case today. At the end of the day, we're in our building, it's a division game and we needed a better result."
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Forwards Craig Smith and Miikka Salomaki remain on Injured Reserve for the Preds.
The 2019 NHL Trade Deadline comes at 2 p.m. CT today, and the Predators made a minor deal on Sunday evening sending forward Nicholas Baptiste to Toronto in exchange for future considerations.
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Last Time Out:
Goaltender Pekka Rinne took the loss on Saturday as the Preds were shut out for just the fourth time this season.
Ryan Johansen continues to lead the Predators in scoring with 53 points, followed by Captain Roman Josi with 51 and defenseman Mattias Ekholm with 41. Viktor Arvidsson's 26 goals are tops on the team, Filip Forsberg has 21, and then Josi is tied with Nick Bonino at 14 tallies.
Edmonton has points in three straight and has won two in a row, including a 2-1 triumph over Anaheim on Saturday night. The Oilers will be without leading scorer Connor McDavid who will serve the second part of a two-game suspension tonight. McDavid's 85 points are followed by Leon Draisaitl with 36 goals and 74 points, and then Ryan Nugent-Hopkins with 19 goals and 55 points. Mikko Koskinen is 16-14-3 in net for the Oilers this season.
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The Predators are 43-24-(3)-3 all-time against the Oilers, including a 21-13-(3)-0 record at Bridgestone Arena. Nashville has won 13 of its last 14 games against Edmonton, with all 13 wins coming in a row from Oct. 29, 2014 to Oct. 20, 2018. During the streak, the Preds outscored the Oilers 40-15 and limited them to two-or-fewer goals 12 times, including five shutouts.
The Preds have shut out the Oilers twice in their last five meetings, including a 3-0 blanking on Oct. 20. Nashville has won at least nine in a row over Edmonton two separate times, with the first coming from Nov. 1, 2006 to Oct. 30, 2008.
Notables Versus Edmonton:
Ryan Johansen has nine points (1g-8a) in his last nine games against the Oilers dating back to March 14, 2016. P.K. Subban has tallied 20 points (3g-17a) in 18 career games against Edmonton, including seven points (1g-6a) in his last six games. He scored his first career shorthanded goal on Oct. 20 versus Edmonton.
Viktor Arvidsson is on a four-game point streak (4g-2a) against Edmonton, and Juuse Saros set a Preds franchise record for most saves in a shutout when he posted 46 versus Edmonton on Dec. 14, 2017.
Video: Predators host Oilers on Mike Fisher Night
When You Go:
It's Mike Fisher Night at Bridgestone Arena with the Preds set to honor their former captain and celebrate his seven-plus seasons in Smashville. In celebration of his return to Nashville, all fans in attendance will receive a Mike Fisher player card courtesy of Bridgestone.
All fans can enter the building 30 minutes early courtesy of Fifth Third Bank. From 5 to 5:30 p.m. CT, prizes will be handed out at random and all fans can enjoy a cold Dr Pepper for only $1 inside Barrel House. Full and Half Season-Ticket Citizens will earn Smashville Rewards points for attending early.
Watch & Listen:
Coverage for tonight's contest begins with Predators Live on Fox Sports Tennessee at 6:30 p.m. CT. Willy Daunic, Chris Mason and Kara Hammer have the call on the television side, while Pete Weber and Hal Gill will broadcast on 102.5 The Game and the Predators Radio Network. For broadcast information and channel locations throughout the country, click here.
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Video: Coach Laviolette talks tonight's matchup
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