NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, March 8th
(All times Eastern)
Edmonton Oilers (8-10-5) at Nashville Predators (9-9-5), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Nashville Predators will try to get something going on
offense Friday, as they aim to snap a three-game losing streak when they host
the sliding Edmonton Oilers at Bridgestone Arena.
Nashville has scored a total of three goals during its current slide. The club
also has eight goals during a 1-5-0 skid over its last six games and most of
those tallies came in a 5-4 overtime win against Dallas on Feb. 25.
Overall, Nashville is last in the NHL this season with an average of 1.96
goals per game.
The Predators haven't played since Monday, when they were handed a 5-1 setback
in Los Angeles. Nashville fired just 19 shots on net in the setback and ended
its three-game road trip without gaining a point in the standings.
Gabriel Bourque scored late in the game for the Predators, while Pekka Rinne
gave up all five goals on just 13 shots before being pulled late in the
"We have to play for 60 minutes," said Nashville defenseman Shea Weber. "We
have to battle through this because we're just not scoring out there."
Nashville hopes to find its scoring touch at the start of a two-game
homestand. The Preds, who will also host Minnesota on Saturday, are 5-2-3 as
the host this season.
The Oilers, meanwhile, have lost four straight (0-3-1) and are just 1-3-2 on
their epic nine-game road trip. Edmonton is coming off Thursday's shutout loss
to the Detroit Red Wings, as Jimmy Howard made 22 saves to lead the home team
to a 3-0 decision at Joe Louis Arena.
Devan Dubnyk stopped 25 shots for Edmonton, which has now lost seven straight
in Detroit and is just 4-6-3 as the road team this season.
"We would have liked to have seen maybe a power play or two in the game but
when you look at the whole picture here, there's no excuses for this one,"
Oilers head coach Ralph Krueger. "We can't stop playing for 10 minutes against
the Detroit Red Wings and expect to get points."
Edmonton forward Ales Hemsky left Thursday's game after blocking a shot with
his right foot in the second period and did not return. Hemsky, who has eight
goals and 13 points this season, is considered day-to-day and is questionable
for Friday's contest.
Edmonton won three of its four meetings against the Predators in 2011-12 and
has taken five of seven overall in this series. The Oilers won both of their
games in Music City last season.
03/08 10:38:22 ET