The Predators have already assured themselves of a winning record on the trip but had a six-game overall winning streak snapped Wednesday with a 4-3 loss to the Vancouver Canucks.
“When a team’s down, you’ve got to keep them down and not give them any life,” Predators star Paul Kariya said of surrendering the lead. “We didn’t do that and it’s something that throughout the year we have to improve upon.”
Tomas Vokoun is expected to start this game in a bid to be the first goaltender to reach 20 wins this season. He has won seven of his last eight decisions and is 4-2-2 with a 3.11 goals-against average and .901 save percentage on the road.
The Oilers are trying to get back to their winning ways after losing a pair of home games to the Minnesota Wild in a three-day span. Edmonton was outscored 8-3 in the two games, including a 4-2 defeat Wednesday.
Ty Conklin did not help himself in a bid to be the Oilers’ top goaltender, allowing goals on the first two shots he faced. Conklin was not at fault on the second goal, in which the Wild’s Marian Gaborik was able to beat four defenders and follow his rebound of a shot Conklin saved.
“It doesn’t seem like we have the drive we had before the Christmas holiday,” said center Michael Peca, referring to the Oilers’ five-game winning streak before the league’s Christmas break.
Edmonton went 1-for-11 on the power play in the two losses after converting 11-of-42 chances with the man advantage during its winning streak.