NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Tuesday, November 8th
(All times eastern)
Edmonton Oilers (8-7-1) at Nashville Predators (8-2-3), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Nashville Predators will try to win for the first time
in two weeks, as they host the Edmonton Oilers at Gaylord Entertainment
The Predators began the season with eight straight wins, but are 0-2-3 since
then. Nashville was most recently in action on Saturday in Los Angeles and was
handed a 3-2 shootout loss.
Pavol Demitra and Jeremy Roenick each scored during the shootout to lead LA.
Jeremy Stevenson and Martin Erat each scored for Nashville. Tomas Vokoun made
36 saves, but allowed a controversial goal in the shootout that sealed the
Roenick skated in on Vokoun and attempted to slide the puck around him, but he
crashed into the netminder and the puck went into the net. Replays appeared to
show Roenick making contact with the puck after Vokoun made a save, which
would have made the goal illegal. However, the officials allowed the goal and
the Kings came away with the victory.
The Predators announced Tuesday that right wing Scott Walker will miss
betweeen eight and 10 weeks following surgery to repair a sports hernia.
The Oilers are coming off a 4-0 setback in Dallas on Monday evening. Marty
Turco made 16 saves for his first shutout of the season and 22nd of his
Jussi Markkanen made 19 saves before being pulled early in the third period
for the Oilers, who had their win streak halted at five games.
Raffi Torres and Shawn Horcoff each had their point streaks halted at six
games, while Ales Hemsky and Ryan Smyth had theirs halted at five.
Tonight's game is the first of a four-game homestand for the Predators, who
are an impressive 5-1 in Nashville this season. Edmonton is 2-1 on its current
seven-game road trip.
The Oilers earned a 5-1 victory over the Predators in the Music City on
October 29. It was the second straight victory in the series for Edmonton.
11/08 14:51:39 ET