Game Day Preview: Preds head Northwest to Edmonton

Let's hope Brian McGrattan metaphorically beats the living h-e-double hockey sticks out of the Oilers tonight.

Well fans, the Predators hit the ice once again tonight, hopefully putting behind them the last two games. Although the season is still bitterly young, the Preds are doing much better during away games than at home (if you didn’t have the slightest clue). With two painful losses behind them, the team hopes to continue their winning streak on the road by squashing the Edmonton Oilers up there in Good Ole Canada.

By having the youngest team in the league (meaning, we have the most rookies and newbies), the Predators have basically a double edged sword on their hands. Although the fresh talent brings youth and vitality to the team, it also brings uncertainty and inexperience, with leads to losses (in most cases).

However, the team seems to do well on the road, and the Oilers are only 1-1-1 in this early season. If the Predators continue to play smart (and Peks is on his game) and do not pull unnecessary penalties, the Predators could easily sweep the Oilers, no doubt. “We’re going to go out there and be even more motivated,” Nashville center Colin Wilson told a Yahoo! Sports writer. “We’re going to be playing another young team here on Monday so I think it’ll be a good battle.”

Injuries also continue to plague the Predators, with Mike Fisher not making the trip to Canada, meaning he will not be playing tonight, nor against Vancouver or Calgary. Francis Bouillon is beginning to gain strength during practice, but his official return is still uncertain. He did make the trip to Canada with the team, however. As we reported last Thursday, Patric Hornqvist has been bothered by a lower-body injury, but hit the ice on Saturday night. However, he wasn’t quite himself and, although he is more than likely going to play tonight, we hope his body has had time to readjust. Martin Erat, of course, has been placed on the Injured Reserve, meaning his return is very much uncertain. All of these guys (including Bouillon) are key veteran players to the Preds and leave even more room for rookies and inexperienced players on the ice.

In a nutshell, the Predators could easily overtake the Oilers tonight in Edmonton. Of course, the same could have been said about the Coyotes and the Devils, which is very much true. However, everyone suffers from terrible games and upsets; uncertainty is a basic part of sports. However, it can be prevented by playing smart and level-headed. The puck drops at 8:30 CT. LET’S GO PREDS.

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