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Preds primed to pounce

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:12 AM ET

NASHVILLE -- The Oilers record in Nashville is bad enough without hearing that a team they lost 8-3 to just got pounded 8-0 here.

If the Predators beat the Wings 8-0, and the Wings beat the Oilers 8-3, that means ... well, let's just say nobody wants to do the math.

"They play a really good home game," netminder Dwayne Roloson said of the Preds. "They come out hard and they really smother teams. They have a great forecheck and in the defensive zone they shut everything down. It is a tough building to play in, they're a pretty tough team to play against."

Few teams know that better than the Oilers, who are 1-10 in the last 11 meetings and haven't won a game in Nashville since 2005-06.

"They're playing well overall, notwithstanding that 8-0 win over Detroit, that's impressive in itself," said Craig MacTavish. "And our struggles in Nashville have been well documented, so it's going to be a tough game."

The win over Detroit was Nashville's fourth in a row. They are 11-5-1 since the All-Star break.

"They're playing well and we're going to expect their best," said Shawn Horcoff. "We're obviously going to have to be on top of our game if we want to win."

HEMSKY ON THE LIMP

Ales Hemsky missed practice yesterday with a sore foot after blocking a shot against Minnesota.

OK, after being hit in the foot by a shot against Minnesota.

Hemsky, who joked that they kept him out of practice because he's being traded, says he hopes to be in the lineup tonight.

SHOTS FIRED

The Oilers played 13 games in February and were outshot in 11 of them. That's in keeping with a season-long trend that's seen them outshot in 44 of 62 games this year. It doesn't seem to matter, though, they're 8-7-2 when outshooting the other team and 22-19-3 when they get outshot.


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