Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/20/14
A strong start to their homestand has the Nashville Predators just outside the Western Conference playoff picture. The Edmonton Oilers need a solid trip to avoid falling even further back in that crowded race. Tied with San Jose and Columbus with 32 points - one back of eighth-place Dallas - Nashville (13-13-6) will try to win its third in a row on a four-game homestand that ends Thursday versus Phoenix. The Predators have scored 10 times - their most in a two-game stretch this season - since returning from a 1-4-0 trip. Six of Nashville's goals on the homestand have come in the opening 20 minutes after it netted four in the first 10:15 of Saturday's 5-2 victory over the Blue Jackets. The Predators had one total goal in the first period in their previous four games, which included a 3-2 defeat at Edmonton (11-12-7) on March 17. "We haven't quit - we've found ways to score goals," said center Mike Fisher, who has five of his nine goals this season and two assists during a six-ga...
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