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Predators head to Edmonton to take on Oilers in end of back-to-back


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Many Predators fans thought the 5-3 win over the Flames last night was a sign of things to come, a turning over of a new leaf. The Predators lost Rinne in that but earned two points. Now Nashville is looking to see if Juuse Saros can shoulder the load until Rinne gets back. Can the Predators light up the Oilers once again, continuing a trend of not losing to them since 2014?

Edmonton is in 10th place behind Nashville in 1st. The Oilers have a who’s who of young talent and veteran presence that should have them in a better position in the Western Conference than they are right now. Unfortunately, it’s not translating into wins.

The goaltending for the Oilers has been average at best, but this doesn’t explain why a juggernaut of offensive talent can’t win out more games unless the defense is suspect. If by some way the Oilers can pull it together and make the playoffs this season, this lack of defensive presence is a sure bet for a first round knockout.

After a great home-stand last week, the Predators womped Calgary 5-3 before losing Rinne and heading to Edmonton. Nashville showed signs of life and scoring prowess lately, but there are still rough edges to round out.

Ryan Johansen has been one of the highlights for Nashville so far this season, along with Filip Forsberg. They both have seven goals total this season and continue the strong showing of the Predators offense. Peter Laviolette might be hesitant to adjust lines right now, and he’d be wrong to do so. Offensively, Nashville can continue on the pace they’re on, while defensively they’re very sound as usual.

Hopefully the Predators and Juuse Saros can keep things rolling against the same Edmonton Oilers, a team they haven’t lost to since March 2014. Realistically, what are the odds that Edmonton actually beats Nashville? I believe that this promo code probably has just as much chance as the Oilers overcoming the Predators when the two come face-to-face

With all that being said, the Predators have an opportunity to go for 13 straight wins against the Edmonton Oilers, perhaps not necessarily an NHL record, but likely the longest such streak in the NHL at the time. With a win, they’d be able to make it 14 in a row a week later as the Oilers come to Nashville.

Game time is at 7:00 P.M. Central and can be heard on 102.5 the Game and viewed locally on FS Tennessee.