If the Oilers can't outshoot Nashville, I doubt they can outshoot anyone. The Predators are struggling badly, but they aren't that far behind last year's underlying numbers, so Ryan Suter really didn't matter.
The Oilers needed 12 points on the 9 game roadtrip and they're going to be lucky to get 7.
Expected Line Combinations
Nail Yakupov- -
Eric Belanger - Lennart Petrell-
Ryan Smyth - Mike Brown-
Ladislav Smid - Jeff Petry
Justin Schultz - Nick Schultz
Scratches: Corey Potter, Ales Hemsky, Mark Fistric
By The Numbers
Nashville's special teams are 28th in the league with a 90.9 STE. Their power play is 26th, their penalty kill is 26th.
Edmonton's special teams are 5th and slipping. But if the Oilers are going to win a game - beating the 28th-ranked special teams unit would be a start.
The should be quote the offensive tussle: Edmonton is 26th in Fenwick, Nashville is 25th. Both are 45% teams. I wonder how they'll settle this?
Nashville's even strength save percentage is .930 - good for 5th in the league, and that's mostly Pekka Rinne's .934. He's good, but his .820 save percentage while short-handed is killing the Preds' penalty kill.