10/12/2009 12:00:00 AM
Nashville has dominated Edmonton in recent years, including a perfect 7-0 mark on their home ice in Music City. Play the Predators at this price when they take on the Oilers.
I'm laying the price with Nashville on Monday night. The Sommet Center has been an ugly venue for the Edmonton Oilers. In fact, staring across the ice at Nashville sweaters has been a bit of a nightmare for the Oilers no matter where they face them.
Nashville is 11-1 in their last 12 meetings with Edmonton, including a perfect 7-0 run at home. The Predators' first line has not been getting a lot of help on the offensive end so far this season, but Edmonton looks like the perfect antidote. The Oilers have allowed 97 shots on goal in their last three games, and their blueline is not 100% healthy.
New goalie Nikolai Khabibulin has not exactly stood on his head between the pipes this season. The former Blackhawk netminder has allowed 14-goals in four games for a 3.14 GAA. To give you an idea of his current struggles, the 36-year old from Sverdlovsk owned a 2.33 and 2.63 GAA each of the last two seasons with Chicago. I expect him to have to face a much more aggressive Nashville attack than we have seen during their 2-1-0 start.
Coach Barry Trotz was not too pleased with his team's somewhat "lazy" effort when bringing the puck up the ice in Saturday's 1-0 loss to Buffalo. He said he wants to see his team on constant attack-mode on Monday. That's bad news for the Oilers' defensemen, not to mention their new goaltender.
I believe this is a fair line, especially when you consider the recent domination by the home team. I'm laying the price with Nashville on Monday.
Free Pick: Predators -130