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After a disappointing finish in Washington, the Oilers look to get back on track in Music City

Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports



33-21-8, 72 points, 1.194 p/g Ranks 30-22-9 69 points, 1.132 p/g
Pacific Division - 2nd Central Division - 3rd
8th Points per Game 13th
14th Special Teams 13th
8th Shots on Goal 5th
7th Goals Against per Game 13th
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Bridgestone Arena

The opposing view


Patrick Maroon - Connor McDavid - Leon Draisaitl
Milan Lucic - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Jordan Eberle
Drake Caggiula - Mark Letestu - Zack Kassian
Matt Hendricks - Jujhar Khaira - Iiro Pakarinen


Andrej Sekera - Kris Russell
Oscar Klefbom - Matthew Benning
Brandon Davidson - Eric Gryba


Cam Talbot
Laurent Brossoit

Just One In Washington

A sloppy game saw the Oilers score just once against the Capitals.  Once was not enough, as the Capitals knocked off the Oilers by a 2-1 score.  Leon Draisaitl scored Edmonton's only goal early in the second period when Caps forward Justin Williams turned the puck over almost right in front of goaltender Braden Holtby.  It was the very same Justin Williams who would score the game winning goal six minutes into the third period, his seventeenth of the season.

Oilers are 2-2 on their current six game road trip, and can ensure at least a .500 finish with a victory in Nashville today.

Let's go to the tape.

The Oilers are saying

That's Oilers' coach Todd McLellan on Drake Caggiula.

Caggiula hasn't scored in eleven games, but the NHL rookie is getting the chances.  McLellan sounds encouraged by all of this, and hopefully, the goals come sooner than later.

The opponents are saying

That's Predators forward Filip Forsberg after his club's 5-2 victory over the Washington Capitals.

Forsberg scored his 23rd goal of the season en route to Nashville's second victory in a row.

Have some of this

  • Filip Forsberg gives some decent advice.  Scoring goals is fun.  The Predators scored five against Washington last night. Two points (1-1-2) for Forsberg, two goals for defenceman Roman Josi, and two points for Oiler superpest Viktor Arvidsson (1-1-2). Arvidsson always seems to find the scoresheet when the Predators play the Oilers.  In two games, Arvidsson has three points (2-1-3) against Edmonton this year.
  • Adam Larsson *could* be in the lineup this afternoon, but it's not looking like he will.  If he and Darnell Nurse are out this afternoon, look for D pairs to repeat themselves from Friday.
  • Cam Talbot plays all the games, and why would this afternoon be any different?  (31-17-7, .921 SV% / 2.36 GAA / 5 SO).  Juuse Saros got the W for Nashville yesterday, and I would be very surprised not to see Pekka Rinne (23-15-6, .916 SV% / 2.48 GAA / 2 SO) start for the Predators today.
  • Tyler Pitlick (knee) will be out for the Oilers. Adam Larsson and Darnell Nurse are question marks. I'm not sure if the Oilers really know where Benoit Pouliot is.  Nashville will be without forward Cody McLeod (lower body) and forward Mikka Salomaki (lower body).
  • With Anaheim's 4-1 loss to the Kings, the Oilers can own second place outright with a victory this afternoon in Nashville.