The Edmonton Oilers turned in one of their poorer efforts Saturday night in a 3-0 loss to the St. Louis Blues. Managing just 19 shots against Jaroslav Halak, the Oilers didn’t put up much of a fight. It was to the point where the team was booed by their own fans at Rexall Place.
They will get a chance for redemption, and to avoid falling further out of the playoff race, tonight against the Nashville Predators. They will also get a quick rematch with the same Blues tomorrow night in a back to back situation.
The Oilers and Preds have played each other twice this season with each team winning once. Nashville walked all over the Oilers at home on March 8 in a 6-0 romp, and then Edmonton won a 3-2 contest at home on March 17.
Edmonton currently sits 13th in the Western Conference with 29 points, with Nashville in 10th with 32 points. The next two nights vs Nashville and St. Louis will be crucial for the Oilers to stay within striking distance of a playoff spot.
Nashville has struggled in the month of March, but are coming off back to back wins against Calgary and Columbus and are looking to make their run for a playoff spot.
Both teams could be welcoming back significant offensive weapons tonight as well, with the Oilers getting Ryan Nugent-Hopkins back after recovering from a bout with the flu. Nashville potentially could get Patric Hornqvist back, who has been out since the game vs the Oilers on March 8. He participated in the morning skate, but will be closer to a game time decision today for his availability.
Both teams will look to go with their No. 1′s with Edmonton starting Devan Dubnyk and the Preds going with Pekka Rinne.