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Game Thread: Oilers at Predators

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Three's a party!

Bruce Bennett

The story surrounding the Oilers now is that Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is a legit #1 centre based on his last two games. The Oilers split in the Eastern Conference and get a second change at the Predators and Craig Smith who put a 4-1 thumping on the Oilers at Rexall at the end of October.

How To Tune In

Sportsnet West. 6 PM. Change the channel between periods to avoid the worst intermission show ever conceived.

What To Watch For From The Oilers

David Perron is due for a couple of cheap ones. The BEN line has been very good and Viktor Fasth has been good enough.

What To Watch For From The Predators

Filip Forsberg is on a tear, with five goals and eight points in his last five games. The Preds power play is improving, but the penalty kill still struggles to keep the puck away from Pekka Rinne, but it might not matter. The Predators have been getting the best goaltending the league thus far, but it's not like previous years: the Preds are actually competitive at even strength.

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The Edmonton Oilers

Benoit Pouliot - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Jordan Eberle

Nail Yakupov - Mark Arcobello - David Perron

Iiro Pakarinen - Leon Draisaitl - Teddy Purcell

Matt Hendricks - Boyd Gordon - Jesse Joensuu

Andrew Ference - Justin Schultz

Nikita Niktin - Jeff Petry

Keith Aulie - Mark Fayne

Viktor Fasth

The Nashville Predators

Filip Forsberg - Mike Ribeiro - James Neal

Matt Cullen - Derek Roy - Craig Smith

Gabriel Bourque - Calle Jarnkrok - Olli Jokinen

Eric Nystron - Paul Gaustad - Taylor Beck

Roman Josi - Shea Weber

Anton Volchenkov - Seth Jones

Mattias Ekholm - Ryan Ellis

Pekka Rinne