A five-game homestand comes to a conclusion tonight in Nashville, as the Predators host the Edmonton Oilers at Bridgestone Arena. This evening's outing is the third and final meeting of the regular season between the two clubs; the Oilers have defeated the Preds in both of the previous contests in Edmonton.
Nashville was perfect through three games on the stretch at home, but they fell on Saturday night to the Colorado Avalanche, 3-2. Despite the loss, the Preds are 10-5-1 in their past 16 games, and they remain in the Western Conference's second Wild Card spot.
Tonight, the group will attempt to close out the homestand with another win as the final full month of the regular season arrives.
"[We're] definitely [pleased with our improved play at home]," Preds Captain Roman Josi said Sunday. "That's one of the things we put a lot of emphasis on playing better at home and playing better in front of our fans. We've definitely made a step in the right direction the last couple of games."
The Predators practiced on Sunday afternoon at Bridgestone Arena, and all forward lines and defensive pairings remaining unchanged from Saturday night's lineup.
Video: NSH Recap: Arvidsson notches a goal in defeat
Last Time Out:
Viktor Arvidsson and Calle Jarnkrok scored late in regulation for the Predators during Saturday's one-goal loss to Colorado. Juuse Saros made his fourth-straight start and took the loss in net.
Josi continues to lead the Preds in scoring with 60 points, followed by Filip Forsberg with 43 and Matt Duchene with 39 points. Despite missing 20 games due to injury, Ryan Ellis is fourth on the club with 36 points in just 44 games. Forsberg's 18 goals lead the team; Nick Bonino, Mikael Granlund and Craig Smith all have 17 tallies apiece.
Video: Fabbro, Sissons preview the Oilers
The Oilers have won just two of their last six outings, but one of those victories came on Saturday night in a 3-2 triumph over the Winnipeg Jets.
Leon Draisaitl leads the Oilers - and the entire NHL - with 102 points on the season, followed by Connor McDavid with 89 and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins with 53. Draisaitl has 39 goals, McDavid has 31 and Nugent-Hopkins has 19 tallies. Former Preds forward James Neal, who also has 19 goals on the season, is currently on Injured Reserve. Mike Smith is 18-10-6 in net for the Oilers this season; Mikko Koskinen is 16-13-2.
The Predators are 44-26-(3)-3 all-time against the Oilers, including a 22-13-(3)-0 record at Bridgestone Arena. The Preds have won eight of their last 10 games on home ice over the Oilers, including six victories in a row from Nov. 11, 2014 to Jan. 9, 2018.
Nashville has won 14 of its last 17 games against Edmonton, with 13 of those wins coming consecutively 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.
Video: Coach Hynes previews the Oilers
Notables Versus Edmonton:
Ryan Johansen has 10 points (1g-9a) in his last 12 games against the Oilers dating back to March 14, 2016. Viktor Arvidsson has points in four of his last seven games (4g-2a) against Edmonton.
Filip Forsberg has averaged nearly a point per game in his career versus the Oilers, tallying 15 points (9g-6a) in 16 games. He became the second player in NHL history to score a lacrosse-style goal in Nashville's game against Edmonton on Jan. 14.
Kyle Turris had eight points (4g-4a) during a four-game point streak versus the Oilers from Oct. 20, 2016 to Dec. 14, 2017, and has posted six multi-point games against them in his career.
When You Go:
The first 8,000 fans through the Bridgestone Arena doors will receive a Viktor Arvidsson bobblehead, presented by Ford. Fifth Third Bank cardholders receive early access to enter the arena at 5 p.m. CT; doors open to everyone at 5:30 p.m.
Tonight marks the first of two Ford Military Appreciation Nights this week. Click here to purchase tickets to this evening's game and receive a Preds camo hat with purchase. The Preds will wear special military jerseys during warmups tonight that will then be auctioned off through the Predators Foundation.
Watch and Listen:
Coverage for tonight's contest begins with Smashville Live on Fox Sports Tennessee at 6:30 p.m. with Lyndsay Rowley and Terry Crisp. 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. Pregame coverage on the radio side begins at 6 p.m. CT with Darren McFarland. For broadcast information and channel locations throughout the country, click here.
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