Nashville
Predators
38-29-11-4
Edmonton
Oilers
36-29-12-5

19 SOG
25 SOG
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EDM
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Nashville Predators vs. Edmonton Oilers

Saturday, 01.24.2004 / 6:00 PM

Associated Press

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Nashville Predators vs. Edmonton Oilers
Nashville Predators vs. Edmonton Oilers

GAME: Nashville Predators (23-17-6-2) at Edmonton Oilers (19-21-8-1).

TIME: Saturday, 10 p.m. EST.

Nashville coach Barry Trotz wasn't happy with the way his team's seven-game unbeaten streak ended. The Predators will try to get back on track as they face the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place.

Nashville's 5-0-2 run was snapped in ugly fashion Thursday night, as Calgary dominated the Predators in a 4-0 victory at the Pengrowth Saddledome. Shean Donovan and Matthew Lombardi each scored twice, and Roman Turek made 23 saves for his 25th career shutout for the Flames.

"They beat us on special teams, the power play, penalty killing, they beat us five-on-five, and they beat us in net," Trotz said. "You're not going to win too many games when a team beats you in all those areas."

Nashville dropped to 1-6-2-1 in its last 10 away from Gaylord Entertainment Center. The Predators also face Vancouver and Columbus on its four-game trip.

Goalie Tomas Vokoun was pulled midway through the second period Thursday after allowing four goals on 16 shots, but he will likely be back in net against Edmonton. Vokoun came within nine seconds of shutting out the Oilers when the teams met last Saturday.

Last-place Edmonton fell 3-2 to Tampa Bay on Thursday night. Radek Dvorak and Brad Isbister both had a goal and an assist for the Oilers, but Edmonton couldn't overcome a two-goal deficit after two periods despite outshooting the Lightning 15-9 in the final 20 minutes.

"We honestly felt we could come back," Isbister said. "We went out with that in mind. But we can't wait until the third period. It's a difficult thing to come back two goals in the third period."

Especially for the Oilers, whose power play is ranked last in the NHL. Edmonton couldn't convert with the man advantage early in the third and went 0-for-3 in the game. The Oilers' penalty killing isn't much better, ranking second-to-last in the league.

Edmonton plays six of its next seven games at home.

2003-2004 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Mar 19 '04NSH 4 at EDM 5I. Ulanov
Feb 15 '04EDM 2 at NSH 2 - OTE. Moreau
Jan 24 '04NSH 4 at EDM 3D. Arkhipov
Jan 17 '04EDM 1 at NSH 2G. Johnson
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