The last time the Nashville Predators faced the Edmonton Oilers, it resulted in a big 6-0 shutout win for the Preds, but exactly half of those goals needed for the win came from players who are currently unavailable to the team for this next chapter of the season series.
Patric Hornqvist‘s third of the season, on the power play, started the scoring in the first period. However, he was injured later in that same game and has not played since then, still out of the lineup with an upper-body injury. Colin Wilson‘s offensive burst in the third period–even strength and on the power play–made the final score six-love, but he was injured in the Preds’ next game, against the Minnesota Wild, and is also still out of the lineup.
Those two absences considered, can Nashville get another win against the Oilers when they meet tomorrow night? Sure, it’s possible–Edmonton just lost 3-2 in overtime to the Detroit Red Wings after being up by two going into the third period, but the Predators also lost their most recent showing, 6-3 to the Calgary Flames.
Gabriel Bourque is picking up some of the slack in terms of scoring. He’s had a goal in each of Nashville’s past three games and Mike Fisher isn’t far behind him–he’s had a goal in the past two. David Legwand is also highly productive, holding a five-game scoring streak.
Simply put, the Predators definitely can beat the Oilers and stop their little losing streak despite not having two of the team’s big scorers available right now. However, tomorrow night will show whether or not they can actually do it.