Prior to their current five-game road trip, the Nashville
Predators suffered a lopsided defeat to the Edmonton Oilers.
Reeling ever since, Nashville faces Edmonton on Monday night
looking to avoid losing five straight for the first time since
The Predators (10-8-4) came into Tuesday’s matchup with the
Oilers on a five-game point streak and with a 7-1-3 mark in their
previous 11. Nashville, though, lost 6-2 to start a three-game skid
in regulation, during which it has been outscored 17-8.
The Predators are 0-2 on their trip after a 4-1 loss to Detroit
on Saturday. Jack Hillen scored the lone goal for Nashville, which
was outshot 37-19.
”They played well and we didn’t bring our work hats
(Saturday),” Hillen said.
Pekka Rinne has allowed at least three goals in each game during
the slide, posting a 4.15 goals-against average in that span. He
had gone 7-0-2 with a 1.86 GAA in his previous nine starts.
Rinne was pulled after allowing three goals on 13 shots in the
first period Tuesday. He dropped to 1-3-1 with a 2.63 GAA in his
last five starts against Edmonton.
The Predators haven’t dropped five straight since a skid of
equal length Dec. 18-28, and they could have a tough time as they
try to avoid matching that losing streak.
Edmonton (12-9-2) has won four of the last five meetings,
including a 3-1 victory Oct. 17 in which it outshot Nashville
The Oilers, though, could be without young star Taylor Hall for
this contest, as he is uncertain to play.
Hall left a 5-2 loss to Colorado on Saturday after the first
period due to an apparent left shoulder injury and did not return.
He had four goals and three assists in his previous four games, and
has two goals and three assists in five career games versus the
“We’ll see how bad it is and step back from the ledge, first of
all,” coach Tom Renney said. “Just relax and see what the MRI and
the medical stuff tells us.”
Ryan Jones and Ladislav Smid scored for the Oilers, who went
2-2-0 while playing four road games in six nights.
”I think maybe fatigue caught up to us, probably cost us the
game at the end of the night,” Renney said. ”We were on fumes in
the third period.”
Edmonton should be excited to return to Rexall Place, where it’s
7-2-1 and has won five of six.
Nikolai Khabibulin made 30 saves Saturday but has gone 2-4-0
with a 3.40 GAA in his last six starts. He began the season 7-0-2
with a 0.98 GAA.
Khabibulin, however, has a 1.40 GAA in winning his last five
starts against the Predators, and he’s 6-1-1 with a 1.62 GAA at
home this season. He made 11 saves to help beat Nashville at home
Jordan Eberle had three goals and seven assists during a
four-game point streak that was snapped Saturday. Two of those
goals came versus Nashville.
Shawn Horcoff also scored twice against the Predators on Tuesday
and had three assists in the meeting last month.
Nashville has allowed at least one power-play goal in its last
five games and has killed off only 63.2 percent of opponents’ power
plays in that span – second worst in the league.