Edmonton Oilers @ Nashville Predators Preview: Comeback Kids

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It began last Thursday night against the Boston Bruins. The Nashville Predators were down a goal in the third period, and the outlook was bleak. Then, against all logic, David Legwand tied the game, and we went to overtime, with the knowledge that the Predators had yet to win a game in the 4-on-4 extra frame. 

Then, though, the captain would take things into his own hands. Shea Weber sent a missile past Tuukka Rask, and Nashville escaped with their first OT win of the year - a comeback victory. 

On Saturday night, the Preds welcomed rivals Detroit to town, with fans justifiably skeptical over the team's ability to win two huge games in a row. When the Predators fell behind late in the first, the pessimism was perhaps confirmed. This time, it would be a different set of heroes - rookies Jonathon Blum and Blake Geoffrion stepped to the forefront, putting the tying and game winning goals into the net and allowing Nashville to take their second straight come from behind win. 

If you had thought that was all the magic the Predators had to give, I can't say I would've blamed you - I thought much the same thing, particularly when Nashville fell behind 3-1 to the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday afternoon. Of course, that was before Blake Geoffrion decided enough was enough and scored three straight Preds' goals against all-world goaltender Ryan Miller

When Nashville got to overtime in Buffalo, the momentum was so much on their side that this time, a win felt inevitable - and so it was after Martin Erat redirected a perfect Ryan Suter pass not 30 seconds into the extra period. 

For those scoring at home, the Nashville Predators have come back to win three games in a row, and two of them in overtime. I don't know how much longer the Preds can keep this up, but I do know this - it better not stop tonight against the Edmonton Oilers. 

Lineups after the jump.


Pekka Rinne

#35 / Goalie / Nashville Predators

6-5

207

Nov 03, 1982


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Pekka Rinne 55 3248 27 20 113 2.09 1610 1497 .930 6

Forwards
Kostitsyn - Fisher - Hornqvist
Ward - Legwand - Erat (A)
Tootoo - Smithson - Spaling
Dumont - Geoffrion - Wilson
Defense
Suter (A) - Weber (C)
Klein - Blum
O'Brien - Franson


Devan Dubnyk

#40 / Goalie / Edmonton Oilers

6-6

202

May 04, 1986


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Devan Dubnyk 30 1759 10 11 83 2.83 949 866 .913 1
Forwards
Jones - Cogliano - Eberle
Omark - Reddox - Paajarvi
Giroux - Vande Velde - Hartikainen
MacIntyre - O'Marra - Strudwick
Defense
Smid - Gilbert
Peckham - Foster
Petry - Vandermeer
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