by Jackson Walsh
The Nashville Predators look to start off their new year at Bridgestone Arena on a strong note tomorrow night as they host the Edmonton Oilers at the tire barn in Nashville, TN, which will be nationally televised on NBC Sports, the Preds’ fifth game broadcasted in primetime on the channel this year.
Nashville won 4-0 in Edmonton on December 14, 2017 as part of a highly successful Western Canada sweep. This will be the only Preds-Oilers game at Bridgestone Arena this year, the Preds will return to Edmonton on March 1.
Edmonton has lost four of their last five matchups, and the team that was one game from the Western Conference finals a year ago have suffered a season many are considering a bust. An 18-22-3 record with a combined 39 points all but guarantee the Oilers won’t be returning to the playoffs this season. Forward Patrick Maroon was suspended for two games after a hit on Kings’ Drew Doughty, a suspension that ended Sunday.
So Edmonton should be returning full strength at a team that is rock bottom in nearly every category, 22nd in goals scored, 31st in penalty kill, and 26th in goals against. But wasn’t Phoenix about this bad? The team that still beat us in a shootout? Don’t underestimate a bad team with something to prove.