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Predatorial Pregame Warmup: November 28, 2013

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Nov 28, 2013



Written by: Kristopher Martel

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Last updated: November 28, 2013 at 10:43 am

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Nashville Predators (13-10-2) vs Edmonton Oilers (7-16-2)
Gametime: 7:00pm CT / 8:00pm ET
Television: N/A
Radio: 102.5 The Game

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Injuries

Nashville Predators - Pekka Rinne (hip), Filip Forsberg (day-to-day), Patric Hornqvist (day-to-day)

Edmonton Oilers - Philip Larsen (back)

Projected Goaltending Matchup

Marek Mazanec, 5-3-0, 2 SO, 0.935Sv%, 2.01GAA

VS

Ilya Bryzgalov, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.923Sv%, 1.76GAA

Keep an eye on...

Nashville Predators -

Colin Wilson – Snakebitten over his past two games, despite multiple scoring chances and breakaways, Wilson has zero goals in his past ten games. His last goals came in his four point outing (2g, 2a) on November 6th against the Avalanche.

Edmonton Oilers -

Ilya Bryzgalov - Starting in net for the first time since April 25th, when he was still a member of the Philadelphia Flyers, the embattled Bryzgalov will get the nod for the Edmonton Oilers.

Main Storylines

Nashville Predators -

Winning five of their past six games, Nashville now only stands six points back of a wildcard spot and third in the Central Division. For them, they need to continue their now two-game win streak against the stumbling Edmonton Oilers. In their five wins, they’ve outscored their opposition 21-6.

Always finding offense in a “scoring by committee” fashion, it’s the same story in a different season for the Predators. Six different players have contributed Nashville’s last eight goals, with only Mike Fisher and Nick Spaling scoring multiple in that span. David Legwand continues to lead the way offensively for the Predators, notching his 20th point which ties him for 44th in the entire NHL.

In the absence of Pekka Rinne, Nashville struggled for a few games to find consistent goaltending, it doesn’t appear to be a problem any longer. Rookie Marek Mazanec, who is still wearing his Milwaukee Admirals helmet, has recorded a 5-3-0 record in Rinne’s absence. Included in his five wins are two shutouts, a 2.01 GAA (11th in the NHL), and a 0.935Sv% (9th in the NHL). Mazanec, a sixth round pick, has amazingly stepped into Rinne’s shoes, when just days ago the Predators were rumored to be seeking a goalie to stand in until Rinne’s return.

Edmonton Oilers -

After winning three straight games against Calgary, Columbus, and Florida, the Oilers had their winning streak snapped by the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday night. Edmonton is dead last in the Western Conference with only 16 points, only ahead of Buffalo in the entire NHL (who has 11 points).

Offensively, the Oilers don’t have any problem finding players to score goals, with the likes of Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, David Perron, Taylor Hall, and Ales Hemsky leading the way. Eberle’s eight goals and 12 assists leads the Oilers with 20 points.

Goaltending, however, has been a bit of an issue for Edmonton, as they can’t seem to find a stable netminder to backstop the Oilers to any type of sustainable presence in the Western Conference. Now, the Ilya Bryzgalov show enters the Oilers lineup to record his first start tonight against the Predators. The fourth goaltender this season for Edmonton, Bryzgalov will not only try to get the Oilers ship righted, but his own career as well.

Last time out...

Extending their win streak to three games, the Predators received goals from Sergei Kostitsyn, Kevin Klein, and Chris Mueller to down the Oilers 3-2 in front of a sold-out crowd at Bridgestone Arena

One interesting fact...

Nashville has recorded a 30-20-6 all-time record against the Edmonton Oilers. The home team won every game in last season’s series (Nashville with two, Edmonton with one).

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Photo Credit: Sarah Fuqua