The Nashville Predators are coming off their first regulation loss of the season, and bouncing back will take some improvement against an opponent that has given them some unlikely trouble.
The Edmonton Oilers also happen to be on one of their most impressive runs in recent seasons, which they'll try to extend Wednesday night as the Predators begin a six-game road trip.
Nashville (5-1-2) completed a three-game homestand with Saturday's 3-0 loss to Pittsburgh, while the Oilers (4-4-1) were on the other end of a 3-0 final Monday against Montreal. It was their fourth straight win as they enter their sixth date on a seven-game homestand.
The Oilers last won five straight from March 26-April 3, 2013. They haven't won five in a row at home since a seven-game run from Feb. 4-March 2, 2008, so plenty of the team has never been a part of such success on their own ice.
"It feels good," said Nail Yakupov, who scored along with Benoit Pouliot and Taylor Hall. "I think it's the best moment I've had with the team in the last three years. It's a really good feeling when the team is winning, especially here at Rexall Place with our fans."
All of that success, though, has come against Eastern Conference foes while Edmonton remains winless (0-4-1) against the West.
Hall has four goals and three assists in his last seven games, and has 12 points in 11 career games against the Predators. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, who assisted on Hall's empty-netter, has 11 points in 10 games against Nashville, including goals in the last three.
That's led Edmonton to plenty of success in the series, winning all three meetings last season by a 13-2 score while going 7-3-0 in the series since the beginning of the 2011-12 season.
The Nashville power play continued to struggle against the Penguins, going 0 for 3 and dipping to 2 for 26 (7.7 percent) for the season.
Despite its strong start, Nashville has allowed the first goal in six of eight games.
"You're going to lose games in this league," defenseman Roman Josi told the team's official website. "We had a pretty good start (to the season) but we weren't happy with the game against Pittsburgh. We didn't think we played our best game, but they're a good team and have a lot of skilled players. You just need to find a way to get back on track and hopefully win the next game. You're going to lose some games, but you've got to get right back to work and win the next one."
Falling behind again might be difficult to overcome if Ben Scrivens is in net. The Edmonton goaltender has shouldered the team's entire workload with Viktor Fasth (groin) on injured reserve. After the 29-save shutout against the Canadiens, he's 4-1-0 with a 1.61 goals-against average and .945 save percentage in his last five starts.
Against the Predators, Scrivens is 1-2-0 with a 2.37 GAA in three starts.
Counterpart Pekka Rinne has been strong all season, going 5-1-1 with a 1.81 GAA and .932 save percentage. Rinne, however, 2-4-0 with a 3.30 GAA and .872 save percentage in his last seven games against Edmonton.
Newcomer Mike Ribeiro could help reverse the Predators' fortunes against the Oilers. The forward has three goals and five assists in his last three game in Edmonton.
Nashville will have Matt Cullen available for the first time this season. The forward has been activated from injured reserve after missing the first eight games with an upper-body injury.
The Predators also sent forward Viktor Stalberg to AHL Milwaukee for a conditioning assignment.