Monday, October 17, 2011

Pre-Game: Game #4 Oilers vs. Predators

The Oilers come into tonight's game with a 1-1-1 record, coming off a 4-3 loss to the Vancouver Canucks. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins turned into a folk hero as he scored all three goals in a losing cause. The injuries are starting to pile up as Ales Hemsky looks to be out for 3-4 week with a shoulder injury and Darcy Hordichuk left the game early on Saturday night after tweaking a knee. Ben Eager sounds like he is close to being ready to go, he'll take the pre-game skate and I'm guessing he'll draw in. The Oilers don't have any other forwards to turn to, otherwise they'll have to dress 7 Dmen tonight. I look for Nikolai Khabibulin to get the start tonight. Nashville comes into the game with a 2-1-1 recoed, coming off of a 3-2 OT loss to the New Jersey Devils. I look for this game to be a quiet affair and should be a good test for the young Oiler forwards to gace the very stout Nashville defense.

Forwards Oilers
- The Oilers forwards will have to stay resilient tonight as they will face a lot of frusteration.
Defense Predators
- Shea Weber and Ryan Suter are 2 of the most formidable defenseman in the NHL.
Goaltending Predators
- Pekka Rinne is off to a solid start having a 2.45 GAA and a .930 S% this year.
Special Teams Predators
- Nashville prides themselves on having a strong special teams, both on the PP and PK. Weber and Suter help out immensely with that.
Coaching Predators
- Barry Trotz is the 2nd longest tenured head coach in the NHL and the only coach in Predator history. He's got his players playing his system down pat.
Intangibles Predators
- Work ethic is a mainstay of the Predators teams, the Oilers will to match and exceed it if they want to win tonight.


Smid Gilbert
Barker Petry
Sutton Potter



Suter Weber
Blum Klein
Hillen Laakso


Game Time - 7:30 PM MT @ Rexall Place on Sportsnet West.

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