The Oilers are driving on fumes now. I see the effort there, but really they just don’t have the right players in the line up to get it done. So tonight will again be about watching some youngsters. This time it’s not about Eberle/Paajarvi/Hall/Omark, it’s about Hartikainen and, to a lesser extent, Vande Velde. Hartikainen has been earning a lot of respect from Oilers fans for his gritty play. He also has a decent nose for the net too, it would seem. He recorded his first career point (an assist) against Phoenix a couple of games ago. I’m hoping we see a goal from him before the year is up.
Back to the usual suspects, Paajarvi has been a force as of late, now that it’s become obvious that there aren’t many other players on this team that can get it done. He notched an assist against Colorado in the last game, and a goal in the game before (Phoenix). But more notably, he had 8 shots against Colorado. The effort has definitely been there from him.
The Preds are on a 3-game winning streak, and have been a strong 6-2-2 in their last 10. The Oilers have struggled to win with such a young line up. I predict another tough one to watch tonight.
Prediction: 4-1 Predators
VERY GUESSTIMATED LINES
Peckham – Gilbert
Smid – Petry
Vandermeer – Foster
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