NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, March 19th (All times eastern)
Nashville Predators (33-26-11-3) at Edmonton Oilers (30-27-12-4), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Nashville Predators try to cure their recent slump tonight when they visit the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place.
Nashville did manage a 2-2 deadlock with the Vancouver Canucks at GM Place on Tuesday evening. Adam Hall scored with 22 seconds to play in the third period to help the Predators gain the point.
Hall assisted on the other Nashville goal, scored by Andreas Johansson, as the Predators remained winless in their last six games (0-2-3-1). They have played four consecutive overtime games (0-0-3-1) during the slide.
Nashville is currently eighth in the Western Conference with 80 points. The Preds are one ahead of Los Angeles and one behind St. Louis in the tightly contested playoff race.
The Predators are in the middle of a four-game road trip, which concludes in Calgary on Saturday. For the season, Nashville is 12-18-4-2 as the visitor.
Edmonton, meanwhile, tallied a 3-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets at Rexall Place on Tuesday night.
Ethan Moreau snapped a late third-period tie to lift the Oilers to the win. Marc-Andre Bergeron and Georges Laraque also scored for Edmonton, which has won two straight and improved to 5-0-2-3 in its last 10.
Moreau has five game-winning goals this season, including two in the last two games.
The Oilers moved within four points of Nashville for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Edmonton, 7-0-1-2 in its last 10 home games, closes out a five-game homestand tonight. The Oilers will then begin a two-game road trip in San Jose on Sunday.
Nashville is unbeaten in three meetings (2-0-1) with the Oilers this season and has won five of its last six in Edmonton. However, the home team is 10-2-2 in the previous 14 matchups in this series.
03/19 10:21:15 ET