Preview #54: Edmonton's Electric Youth Come To Nashville


By Amanda DiPaolo

Season Records

Edmonton Oilers 15-29-8
Nashville Predators 28-18-7

(AP)

The Nashville Predators enter Monday night’s game against the Edmonton Oilers having shutout Detroit Saturday night 3-0 at Bridgestone Arena. Monday’s game against the Oilers is the only thing that separates the rematch with Nashville travelling to Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena on Wednesday.

The Oilers are losers of four straight, the latest loss coming at the hands of Columbus on Saturday night. Nashville’s win over Detroit snapped their own four-game losing skid.

Last time the two teams met was the week of the All-Star break when Nashville needed a shootout to earn the two points. The Predators had a 1-0 lead going into the third and then a 2-1 lead with just over six minutes left in regulation on the strength of a power play goal by Joel Ward. Taylor Hall scored just 2:08 later to tie the game, taking the contest to overtime.

The Predators have won the last four games they’ve played against the Oilers. Since the start of the 2006-07 season, the Predators are 15-2-0 against Edmonton.

Players to watch

Nashville: If Shea Weber records a point in Monday night’s game, it will be the 200th point of his career. Weber has 74 goals and 125 assists. Watch for Weber to hit the milestone Monday night as the defenseman shines against the Oilers registering 13 points (7 goals and 6 assists) in 16 games.

Edmonton: Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle are two rookies who are just beginning what will most certainly be long and productive careers in the NHL. Both are energetic, highly skilled, and fun to watch. Hall has played once against the Predators, but Nashville has yet to see Eberle in action as he was out of the lineup two weeks ago.

Also, be sure to watch out for Ryan Jones. Jones was put on waivers late last season by the Predators and was picked up by the Oilers.

Injuries

The Nashville Predators welcomed Steve Sullivan back to the lineup on Saturday night. Sullivan played just over nine minutes. Cal O’Reilly, Matthew Lombardi, Marek Svatos and Francis Bouillon remain out of the lineup.

The Oilers are relatively healthy with just two players out of the lineup. Ryan Whitney is expected to miss the remainder of the season after having surgery on his right ankle. Gilbert Brule is on injured reserve with a bruised abdomen and ankle injury.

Game time is 7 pm at Bridgestone Arena. Tickets are still available.

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