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Oilers Gameday vs Pittsburgh: What’s Left To Say?

After blowing a 2-goal lead on Saturday against Washington, and subsequently losing 5-2, the Oilers are back in action tonight at Rogers Place hosting Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Normally, this would be a pretty big deal, but both teams are coming off pretty big defeats and there’s also Game 7 of the World Series on (and who doesn’t want to see Clayton Kershaw come into the game in relief and finally get that ring?), so maybe this game won’t be as important.

In any case, the Oilers are struggling and the Penguins are probably going to come out flying, so unless the home team gets its business together really quickly tonight, this could end poorly.

Keys to the Game

Edmonton

  • Score early and for the love of god don’t let the Penguins score a late 1st period goal.
  • Hope that Todd McLellan’s new power play units are good in game and not just in practice.

Pittsburgh

  • Get going early and don’t let up. The Oilers haven’t really figured out how to play with a lead, nor how to get a lead, so it can’t be that hard.
  • Get traffic in front of the net and throw pucks that way. Seems to work for everyone else.

Players to Watch

Edmonton

  • Connor. He’s real good.
  • I think watching what happens on defence tonight will be pretty important. There’s been some line-juggling of late, and I wonder if that will help or hinder.
  • Darnell Nurse has been moved to the top pair, so we’ll get a chance to see if he’s got the chops to be up there. If not, there will be questions about the blueline that can’t be answered with “well, Sekera’s hurt”.

Pittsburgh

  • Obviously Sidney Crosby. He’s the best in the world, and it shows.
  • Phil Kessel is a joy to watch on the ice, but his off-ice antics are second to none.

Projected Lineups

Edmonton

Patrick Maroon – Connor McDavid – Leon Draisaitl

Milan Lucic – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Kailer Yamamoto

Drake Caggiula – Ryan Strome – Anton Slepyshev

Jussi Jokinen – Mark Letestu – Zack Kassian

Darnell Nurse – Adam Larsson

Oscar Klefbom – Matt Benning

Yohann Auvitu – Kris Russell

Cam Talbot

 

Pittsburgh

 

Conor Sheary – Sidney Crosby – Patric Hornqvist

Tom Kuhnhackl – Evgeni Malkin – Bryan Rust

Jake Guentzel – Riley Sheahan – Phil Kessel

Josh Archibald – Greg McKegg – Ryan Reaves

Brian Dumoulin – Kris Letang

Olli Maatta – Chad Ruhwedel

Ian Cole – Zach Trotman.

Matt Murray

 

Notes

The Penguins are sitting 4th in the Metropolitan Division (behind the powerhouse New Jersey Devils), while the Oilers are ahead of only the Arizona Coyotes in the Pacific. Poor play aside, history is not looking favourably on the Oilers in this one.

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At their current rates, the Pens are on pace for ~95 points while the Oilers are on track for a measly 57. To make the playoffs the Oilers have to play at something like a 115 point pace the rest of the way.

What does it all mean?

I don’t know, but OilersNerdAlert does.

Puck drops at 6:30MT.

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