The Oilers and Nashville are both in deep to get back into the playoff race. It's going to take some incredible luck for the Oilers to make it in as is, but if the Oilers lose this one, it will take a miracle to recover.
Expected Line Combinations
Shawn Horcoff - Ales Hemsky-
Nail Yakupov- -
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Jordan Eberle-
Ryan Smyth - Lennart Petrell-
Ladislav Smid - Jeff Petry
Scratches: Theo Peckham, Teemu Hartikainen, Mark Fistric
By The Numbers
Edmonton is on pace for 78 points (in an 82 game season). That means the Oilers seven-year point totals will be 71-88-85-62-62-74-78. And the men in charge still have their jobs.
Nashville's special teams are 22nd in the league with a 96.5 STE. The Oilers are 4th with an STE of 106. Last time around, Nashville was 26th in the league, but then went 2-4 on the power play and killed all 5 Edmonton power plays.
Sam Gagner needs 7 goals in his next 21 games to tie a career season high, previously established in 75 games. He needs 23 points in his next 21 games to tie a career season high, previously established in 79 games.
Ladislav Smid is averaging .48 shots per game, a career low. His previous career low was .55 shots per game in 2008-09.
Taylor Hall is over a point per game right now, in spite of a 7.2% shooting percentage.