Tonight's tilt brings us an interesting contrast of styles - the Predators play a sluggish, low-scoring & low-shot type of game, while the Oilers are decidedly more up-tempo (although neither have been particularly successful). The real danger here for Nashville lies on special teams. The Oilers draw (and take) a lot of penalties, and their high-skill power play could spell trouble for the Preds' foundering penalty kill.

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Edmonton Oilers

After flirting with the idea of a return to the playoffs, Edmonton fans are resigning themselves to another season in the wilderness as a recent 2-5-2 stretch leaves them sitting in 13th in the West. That includes a 3-0 shutout loss at Detroit last night which left a bitter taste over at Copper & Blue:

I officially lost my patience with this season following the loss to the Minnesota Wild this past Sunday, but if you had held out hope until tonight, hopefully this "effort" was the equivalent of Steve Tambellini and Ralph Krueger telling you there is no such thing as Santa Claus...because they killed him.