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GAME DAY: Oilers @ Predators

Edmonton Oilers @ Nashville Predators

22 NOV 2011 – 6:00 MDT

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This might be a little tricky.

Here’s a guess.

F

Smyth – Nugent Hopkins – Eberle

Hall – Gagner – Hemsky

Paajarvi – Horcoff – Jones

Lander – Belanger – Petrell

D

Smid – Gilbert

Peckham – Petry

Teubert – Plante

G

Dubnyk

Khabibulin

If these are right, I’m also taking the Packers (-7) over the Lions, the Cowboys (-7) over the Dolphins, and the Ravens (-3) over the 49ers on American Thanksgiving.  If you hit big on a three team parlay, cut me a couple of dixies.

  • The only safe assumption about the lines I can make tonight is that Devan Dubnyk is likely to get the start after Khabibulin tended in Dallas last night.
  • The Oilers don’t play again after tonight until Friday, when they have another back-to-back set of games with Minnesota and Colorado.  on the road.  The Oilers will then return back to Rexall Place for a crucial six game homestand.
  • WHO PLAYS, WHO SITS?:  Knowing who’s in Nashville this moment, here’s the short answer:  Paajarvi should play, Hordichuk should sit.  ‘Energy line’ be damned.  Alex Plante will be in tonight as he was called up from OKC and Taylor Chorney was sent down.
  • Craig Smith and David Legwand are currently leading the Nashville Predators in scoring.  Both players have 15 points.  Tonight is David Legwand’s first game since suffering a leg injury four games ago versus Los Angeles on November 8th.
  • Here are your top 5 Edmonton skaters:
  1. Ryan Smyth – 20 points (11-9-20) in 20 GP
  2. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – 20 points (8-12-20) in 20 GP
  3. Jordan Eberle – 18 points (5-13-18) in 20 GP
  4. Taylor Hall – 14 points (6-8-14) in 19 GP
  5. Shawn Horcoff – 12 points (4-8-12) in 20 GP

Devan Dubnyk’s numbers for this season:  2-4-0, 2.84 GAA, .903 SV%.

Wouldn’t be too shocked to see Pekka Rinne between the pipes for Nashville tonight.  Rinne’s been the man for the Predators so far this season, playing in all but one game.  His numbers are solid: 10-4-4, 2.22 GAA .932 SV%

PREDICTION

OILERS 4

PREDATORS 3

GOILERS

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Tags: Alex Plante Darcy Hordichuk Devan Dubnyk Jordan Eberle Magnus Paajarvi Nikolai Khabibulin Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Ryan Smyth Shawn Horcoff Taylor Chorney Taylor Hall

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