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Nashville Predators Schedule: Week 7

The Nashville Predators are coming off a Week 6 where the only real silver lining was that they played three games instead of more. They’re looking more anemic than ever on offense, it’s impossible to predict whether the defense will show up on any given night, and they lose to teams they ought to beat. The end result is that even a schedule like that in Week 7, featuring three middle-of-the-road teams, looks tough.

2013 NASHVILLE PREDATORS SCHEDULE

WEEK 7

Nashville Predators vs Los Angeles Kings

L.A. has one point in two games against the Preds this season. (PHOTO: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports)

Monday, March 4th
at Los Angeles Kings (10-7-2)
9:30 p.m. CST
NHL Network, FOX Sports Tennessee

The defending Stanley Cup champions looked pretty awful to start the year, going 3-5-2 in their first 10 games. That record included two losses to the Preds, one in an eight-round shootout and another in a 3-0 shutout at Bridgestone Arena. Since then they seem to have remembered that their car has gears other than neutral, going 7-3-0 over their last 10 to get right back into the mix in the Pacific Division. The Preds, meanwhile, have lost two in a row and four of their last five. They’re also 0-2 in games on the NHL Network this season, for whatever that’s worth.

Nashville Predators vs Edmonton Oilers

Even bad Edmonton Oilers teams have beaten the Nashville Predators in recent years. (PHOTO: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports)

Friday, March 8th
vs. Edmonton Oilers (8-8-4)
7:00 p.m. CST
FOX Sports Tennessee

The Edmonton Oilers have been one of the NHL’s worst teams in recent seasons – they finished 15th in the Western Conference in 2010-11 (25-45-12) and 14th in 2011-12 (32-40-10). But that hasn’t stopped them from dominating the Nashville Predators. They’ve gone 5-2-1 against the Preds over the last two seasons, averaging 3.0 goals per game to just 1.75 for Nashville. Unless the Preds can find a new gear, both in general and against the Oilers, Edmonton stands a chance of replacing them in the playoffs this season.

Saturday, March 9th
vs. Minnesota Wild (10-8-2)
7:00 p.m. CST
FOX Sports Tennessee

Ryan Suter, who returns to Nashville for the first time since he got that Scrooge McDuck-style pool of gold coins installed in his Minnesota mansion, has given fans in two states the worst of both worlds: he hasn’t made the Wild into a playoff team, and in his absence the Nashville Predators have become worse. In fact, the two teams are nearly identical statistically: neither can score with consistency, and both give up fewer goals than most other NHL teams. The biggest differences are that Minnesota has the 6th-ranked penalty kill in the league to Nashville’s 22nd-ranked PK, and that Nashville has been a better team skating 4-on-4. Thankfully, it’s the last game they have against each other in this lockout-shortened season.

Tags: Edmonton Oilers Los Angeles Kings Minnesota Wild Nashville Predators

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