NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE (TICKER) —The struggling Nashville Predators try to keep their fading playoff hopes alive on Monday when they host the team they are chasing, the Edmonton Oilers, who seek the 900th win in franchise history.
The Predators are winless in their last four games (0-3-1) and are eight points behind the Oilers for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference with just 11 games remaining.
A win would put Edmonton 10 points ahead with just nine games left a would practically end Nashville’s postseason aspirations.
Edmonton has won five of its last seven games (5-2-0), including a 4-3 victory over the Dallas Stars on Saturday.
Radek Dvorak had a goal and an assist and newly acquired Brad Isbister scored and got in two fights as the Oilers played their first game without leading scorer Todd Marchant, who is expected to miss three games with a heart condition.
Edmonton is unbeaten in its last four road games (3-0-1). The Oilers are 15-14-4-4 on the road this season.
Nashville is winless in its last three games at home (0-2-1), including a 1-0 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Saturday.
Tomas Vokoun allowed the decisive goal with four minutes remaining and the Predators had a potential game-tying goal by Scott Walker waived off after referees reviewed the shot and ruled that it came after time expired.
Nashville has only nine goals in its last seven games and is just 1-4-2 since losing leading scorer David Legwand to a broken collarbone.
The Predators played their second straight game without defeseman Andy Delmore, who is sidelined with a wrist injury.
Edmonton and Nashville have split two games this season, with each winning at home. Delmore 3:35 into overtime to lead Nashville to a 3-2 win on January 18.