A three-game road trip concludes tonight in frigid Edmonton, as the Nashville Predators face the Oilers at Rogers Place. The road trip finale is the first of three meetings between the two clubs this season; the Preds will be back in Alberta in February before the Oilers visit Nashville in March.
Currently one of the coldest places on Earth, with a forecasted high temperature of minus-22 Fahrenheit today, the Predators are looking to stay hot and win their third-straight game under new head coach John Hynes. The most recent victory came in a 1-0 win in Winnipeg on Sunday afternoon, a contest that saw Juuse Saros record his first shutout of the season.
With a number of new concepts implemented over the past week since Hynes has arrived, the Predators are adapting quickly, and they're being rewarded for their efforts.
Video: Coach Hynes previews the Oilers
"The most important thing is the players on the team, these guys are very good players, smart players," Hynes said following Sunday's win over the Jets. "They've picked up the concepts that we've done, but they've executed it… We've tried not to overwhelm them, but they've had the mindset to be all in and buy in and they've done a good job."
Preds defenseman Dante Fabbro has missed the past five games with an upper-body injury, but he was on the ice for Monday afternoon's practice in Edmonton. As was the case in the third period of Sunday's game, Hynes had Filip Forsberg on a line with Matt Duchene and Mikael Granlund once again during the session. Calle Jarnkrok skated alongside Ryan Johansen and Viktor Arvidsson.
Video: Saros, Turris propel Predators to shutout win
Last Time Out:
Kyle Turris scored the lone goal and Yakov Trenin assisted, as Juuse Saros stopped all 28 shots he faced in Sunday's 1-0 triumph over the Jets.
Preds Captain Roman Josi saw his 12-game point streak come to an end, but he still leads all of his teammates with 32 assists and 46 points on the season. Filip Forsberg has 15 goals and 31 points; Matt Duchene has 30 points and Calle Jarnkrok has 27. Josi and Nick Bonino have scored 14 goals each, and Jarnkrok has 12.
Edmonton fell in Calgary on Saturday night, but they had points in four of five games entering that contest, including wins in three-straight outings. Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl have 25 goals apiece, and they are one-two in scoring in the entire NHL with 71 and 70 points, respectively.
Former Preds forward James Neal has 19 goals for the Oilers, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has 30 points on the season. Mikko Koskinen is 14-9-2 in net; Mike Smith is 10-9-3.
The Predators are 44-24-(3)-3 all-time against the Oilers, including a 22-11-(0)-3 record on the road. Nashville has won 14 of its last 15 games against Edmonton, with all 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.
The Preds have won seven-straight games away from home against the Oilers, the third-longest active road winning streak against an opponent in the NHL. 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 10 games against the Oilers dating back to March 14, 2016. 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.
Viktor Arvidsson has points in four of his last five games (4g-2a) against Edmonton, and Filip Forsberg has averaged a point per game in his career versus the Oilers, tallying 14 points (8g-6a) in 14 games.
Watch & Listen:
Coverage for tonight's 8 p.m. (CT) puck drop from Rogers Place begins with Predators Live on Fox Sports Tennessee at 7:30 p.m. Willy Daunic, Chris Mason and Lyndsay Rowley 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 7 p.m. with Darren McFarland. For broadcast information and channel locations throughout the country, click here.
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