Published November 20, 2014
The Predators are on their second four-game losing streak, having also lost four in a row from Oct. 13-20. Nashville's skid was extended on Saturday with a 4-1 setback in Detroit.
"They dominated us the whole game," said Nashville defenseman Ryan Suter. "Maybe they felt bad for us late, sat back and let us get that goal."
Nashville, which is 0-5-1 when trailing after the first period, is looking to avoid its first five-game slide since Dec. 18-28 of last year.
The Predators have lost the first two of a five-game road trip and visit an Oilers club that sports a 7-2-1 home record on the year. Edmonton will be thankful to return to Rexall Place tonight for a six-game homestand after losing for the sixth time in nine games on Saturday. Seven of those contests took place on the road.
Edmonton was handed a 5-2 setback by Colorado on Saturday. Devan Dubnyk made 24 saves for the Oilers, who lost Taylor Hall to a left shoulder injury in the first period, though he returned. Edmonton also saw Colorado score four goals in the period to rally for the win.
"We took some penalties. That didn't help obviously," said Oilers head coach Tom Renney. "We were down to pretty much three lines and some extra skaters, so we were a little bit of short bench. I think maybe fatigue caught up to us and probably cost us the game at the end of the night."
"It was a great pass by [Gagner]. He really did all the work. I just happened to finish it," Smid said.
Edmonton has won five of its last six at home and has outscored Nashville 9-3 in taking a pair of meetings so far this year. The Oilers have won four of the past five encounters overall, but the Predators have still won eight of their last 11 trips to Rexall Place.