NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Thursday, October 30th (All times eastern)
Edmonton Oilers (4-3-1) at Nashville Predators (4-4-1), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The struggling Edmonton Oilers will try to get back on the right track tonight as they begin their longest road trip of the season with a test at the Sommet Center in Nashville.
Edmonton began the season with four straight victories, but have since gone 0-3-1 during a four-game losing streak.
The Oilers are 2-3-0 as the visiting team this season and begins a seven-game road trip this evening. The swing will continue this weekend with dates in Carolina and Philadelphia.
The first stop of the trek won't be a pretty sight for the Oilers, as they've lost five straight games in Nashville and have dropped eight in a row overall to the Predators.
Edmonton has been outscored 14-4 during its recent four-game slide, but was defeated by a slim 1-0 margin Monday against visiting Boston. Dennis Wideman scored on the power play 3:18 into overtime and Tim Thomas stopped 27 shots to lead the Bruins to the win.
Dwayne Roloson stopped 35 shots, but let in the 36th to spoil the night for Edmonton. The game marked the seventh time in eight outings this year that the Oilers have been outshot.
Boston broke the deadlock in overtime with Shawn Horcoff in the box for hooking. Wideman faked a shot from the top of the right circle and passed to Marc Savard, positioned next to the net. Savard turned as if to take a shot but sent the puck back to Wideman. Wideman then faked a one-timer, moved in a few feet and snapped a shot that found its way to the back of the net.
It was the second time Edmonton was shut out this season, having also dropped a 3-0 decision in Chicago last week.
Nashville has also struggled to a 4-4-1 record early this year and has dropped two of its last three contests. The Predators' latest outing was a shootout loss, as they dropped Tuesday's 4-3 decision in Washington.
Michael Nylander scored in the fourth round of the shootout, and Jose Theodore turned away Martin Erat's shot to seal the win for the Capitals, who were playing without their superstar winger Alex Ovechkin.
Jason Arnott scored twice and J.P. Dumont tallied three assists for the Predators, who have dropped four of six.
Ville Koistinen scored in regulation and had the lone shootout goal for Nashville, and Dan Ellis had 29 saves.
Tonight marks the first of back-to-back games on home ice for the Predators, who are 3-1-0 as the host this season. Nashville will complete its brief homestand when it welcomes Florida on Saturday.
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