Oilers at Predators, G53 ’10-’11

The line of Sam Gager, Linus Omark and Magnus Pääjärvi have been creating offense for both sides over the last couple of weeks. In their last 5 games, Gagner is 1-4-5 even; Pääjärvi is 3-1-4 -1 and Omark is 1-4-5 -1. High event.

The club doesn’t line match (home or road)  and the opposition is doing big business against the 21-year old center and his two rookie wingers from Sweden. Things won’t get easier tonight in Nashville.

Rumors are out there that Nashville and Edmonton may be trade partners. They got together a year ago (Grebs for a pick) but the word is it might be a bigger name this time around. Ales Hemsky’s name was in a Jim Matheson EJ colymn yesterday. Preds have some wonderful things in areas of need for the Oilers, so this one is worth watching. Still hope 83 stays.

The Preds appear to be such a well run organization from a distance. They draft European goalies who work out, pluck tall trees from our backyard for their blue and have a nice mix of youth and veteran for the forward position. They still have David Legwand. Old timey guys like me are reminded of the way the NY Islanders were built when looking at Nashville. Seriously. The Islanders went through about five years of playoff heartbreak before they found glory, the Preds have had their share too.

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