Nashville Predators (19-7-4) @
Edmonton Oilers (13-16-2)
7 PM MDT
Rogers Place, Edmonton Alberta
TV: Sportsnet West
Radio: 630 CHED
SB Nation Opponent: On The Forecheck
All of those goals that the Oilers should’ve scored against Toronto on Sunday came pouring out in Tuesday’s matchup against the Blue Jackets. The Oilers were able to run up the score to a 5-0 margin before finishing with a 7-2 score. Connor McDavid had four points, Jesse Puljujarvi had three, and Laurent Brossoit kicked out his third win of the season en route to a big Oiler win in Columbus. That’s three games in a row that the Oilers have looked really good in, and they can’t take the pressure off the pedal now.
The Predators visit Rogers Place after decimating the Canucks by a 7-1 score last night in Vancouver. Can the Oilers give them a run for their money tonight?
Let’s go to the tape.
The Oilers are saying
"It took a lot out of him. There was probably not enough made out of the first illness. The second one was just a common one that everybody else had. You combine the two and it takes a little off you"
That’s Oilers head coach Todd McLellan discussing the “two illnesses” that Connor McDavid suffered throughout this season.
One of the illnesses I think was “the team can’t stop a beach ball on the PK”.
Are people disappointed with McDavid’s results so far? I can’t imagine why. He’s got 39 points, which is just a few off the top. There’s a good chance he’ll be there by Christmas.
The Predators are saying
"They say you play how you practice...I thought our guys practiced hard for two days, they came here and just continued on. Even the skate this morning was sharp. I thought the guys were ready to play. The last time we played Vancouver, I didn't think the execution was great and we lost some of the energy. Tonight, it was great to have energy and execution from start to finish.”
That’s Predators head coach Peter Laviolette on his team’s 7-1 performance in Vancouver last night. The good thing in all of this? The Oilers will catch the Predators on the second night of back-to-back. P.K. Subban had two goals, while Craig Smith had a goal and an assist. Nashville put up nearly 50 shots en route to a tune-up victory over the Canucks.
Have some of this
Laurent Brossoit stops 72 of 77 (.935sv%) in three-game road trip. He proved many doubters wrong on this trip and gained a lot of confidence. #Oilers— Jason Gregor (@JasonGregor) December 13, 2017
- DIRTY WORK: As the old saying goes, “What have you done for me lately?” These are great numbers for Laurent Brossoit. .935 over three games is really great. He’ll have plenty of opportunity to keep it at that level.
- EVERYTHING IN ITS RIGHT PLACE: Have we finally found the Oilers we’ve been looking for over the past 30 games? Six goals in Montréal, 41 shots (but no goals) in Toronto, and seven goals in Columbus? Have the Oilers landed finally? Can this team go on a 21-8-3 tear over their next 30?
- POWER PLAY PULJUJARVI: Three points in Tuesday’s game versus the Blue Jackets, it’s time to put him alongside 97 on the power play. Puljujarvi played zero minutes on the power play against Columbus, I think it’s time he gets some time.
- Laurent Brossoit (3-6-1, .891 SV% / 3.15 GAA) is likely to start for the Oilers tonight. Pekka Rinne picked up the W for Nashville last night, they could opt to go with Juuse Saros (2-3-1, .890 SV% / 3.43 GAA) should they choose to give Rinne a break.
McLellan notes @AdamLarsson3 is making strides in recovery & is back into "day-to-day" category, barring any setbacks & added that @ctalbot33 is "darn close" but won't be involved in tomorrow's game.— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) December 13, 2017
- Is it time for Adam Larsson yet?
- SICK BAY: The Oilers are missing Andrej Sekera, (ACL), while Adam Larsson (upper body injury) and Cam Talbot (see: Larsson) are day-to-day. Nashville is without Ryan Ellis (knee).