Predators to host McDavid and the Oilers
Edmonton Oilers (42-26-6, second in the Pacific) vs. Nashville Predators (42-26-5, fourth in the Central)
Nashville, Tennessee; Thursday, 8 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Connor McDavid leads Edmonton into a matchup against Nashville. He leads the NHL with 108 points, scoring 42 goals and recording 66 assists.
The Predators are 27-13-2 against conference opponents. Nashville ranks 10th in the league recording 8.9 points per game, averaging 3.2 goals and 5.7 assists.
The Oilers are 28-13-3 in Western Conference play. Edmonton is 11th in the NHL with 33.8 shots per game and is averaging 3.4 goals.
In their last meeting on Jan. 27, Edmonton won 3-2.
TOP PERFORMERS: Roman Josi leads the Predators with 87 points, scoring 19 goals and adding 68 assists. Ryan Johansen has 10 points over the last 10 games for Nashville.
McDavid has 108 total points while scoring 42 goals and totaling 66 assists for the Oilers. Leon Draisaitl has five assists over the last 10 games for Edmonton.
LAST 10 GAMES: Predators: 5-4-1, averaging 2.7 goals, five assists, five penalties and 15 penalty minutes while giving up 2.9 goals per game with a .913 save percentage.
Oilers: 7-2-1, averaging 3.8 goals, 6.2 assists, 3.5 penalties and 7.8 penalty minutes while allowing three goals per game with a .909 save percentage.
INJURIES: Predators: Michael McCarron: out (upper body).
Oilers: Kris Russell: out (covid-19 protocols).