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Game Thread: Oilers at Nashville - Looking For That First Win

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The Oilers travel to Nashville in search of their first win of the new season.

Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

With a loss to the Blues, the Oilers' opening night didn't go exactly according to plan. On some level I'm sure we all knew that the Oilers wouldn't win 82 games this season, but that doesn't mean that we didn't want it to happen or that we weren't secretly hoping it'd happen. But that dream is over now, there will be no perfect season. And so a new quest starts tonight, the quest for an 81-1-0 record.

How To Watch

Puck drop: 5:00PM MST
TV: City TV
Radio: 630 CHED

What To Watch For

There were a lot of problems for the Oilers on opening night. Their play in the defensive zone wasn't anywhere close to good enough. The power play struggled. And the offence sputtered at times. To try and get things moving in the right direction tonight, Todd McLellan has shuffled the lines a little heading into tonight's game. Will these combinations find the chemistry that was missing in St. Louis or will we see more line shuffling during the game?

The Opposing View

From On the Forecheck:

Who to Watch? Calle Jarnkrok: If the line combinations from Friday hold, Jarnkrok is going to find himself alongside Mike Ribeiro and Filip Forsberg in a huge attempt to generate some offense for Nashville. That makes him tonight's X-Factor for the Predators. He'll want to make a good impression -- regardless of what line he's on -- and I think he states his case.

Projected Line Combinations

From Jack Michaels:

Forwards
Taylor Hall Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Teddy Purcell
Benoit Pouliot Connor McDavid Lauri Korpikoski
Nail Yakupov Anton Lander Anton Slepyshev
Matt Hendricks Mark Letestu Rob Klinkhammer
Defence
Andrej Sekera Mark Fayne
Oscar Klefbom Justin Schultz
Andrew Ference Eric Gryba
Goalies
Cam Talbot
Anders Nilsson