Game Thread: Edmonton Oilers @ Minnesota Wild - Oh Boy!

This is the closest Ryan Jones ever gets to playing defense. - Jonathan Daniel

A win in Minnesota is a salve for a ton of ailments

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The Oilers need 9 more points in the next 6 games, preferably against Detroit, Nashville, and Minnesota. Tonight's 4-point game fixes a bunch of ills - but they're down their best player and have a coach that isn't keen on matching lines.

Team Reports

Oilers Report: The Oilers had a number of passengers against St. Louis, and one of them, Ryan Jones has been demoted. We can only hope Ralph Krueger sticks to the morning skate lines and keeps Jones' toxic possession ability away from the top 6.

Wild Report: The Wild are a cork in the ocean at this point. Their fate is tied to the other teams competing against them in the conference.

Expected Line Combinations

Nail Yakupov - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Ales Hemsky

Magnus Paajarvi - Sam Gagner - Jordan Eberle

Ryan Smyth - Eric Belanger - Ryan Jones

Ben Eager - Chris VandeVelde - Lennart Petrell

Justin Schultz - Nick Schultz

Ladislav Smid - Jeff Petry

Theo Peckham - Ryan Whitney

Devan Dubnyk

Scratches: Taylor Hall, Mark Fistric, Corey Potter

Broadcast Information

XCel Energy Center, 7:00 pm MST
TV - Sportsnet
Radio - 630 CHED

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