Oilers @ Ducks Game 44 Preview

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Oilers close out road trip with friendly visit to the Honda Center



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Anaheim
13-25-5, .720 p/g Ranks 29-8-5, 1.5 p/g
Western Conference: 14th Western Conf: 2nd
29th P/G 2nd
25th ST 6th
29th ES 2nd
30th Goal 9th
8 PM MDT - Sportsnet West
Honda Center
The opposing view: Anaheim Calling

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  • The Oilers were absolutely housed in their 5-1 defeat in San Jose last night.  Nothing of any intrinsic value can be taken from this game and harvested down the road (unless another beating has any intrinsic value), so hopefully you self medicated well enough to be quite forgetful by the end of the first period.  Nail Yakupov scored the lone goal for the Oilers, but the Sharks had a fairly impressive four goal lead by that point.

The Oilers are saying:

"We have to step away from this whole idea that "we're skilled, we're skilled, we're skilled".  "We have to defend first"

That's Oilers coach Dallas Eakins after last night's debacle

The club has skilled players.  The club isn't very good at defending much of anything.  Oilers currently allow 31.6 shots per game, good for 23rd in the league.  I'd recommend stepping towards the whole idea of "we're skilled", because the team amassed just one goal last night.  Maybe if you say something enough times, it will come true.

The Opponent is saying:

"We've had good success at home and we love playing in this building in front of our fans"

That's Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau on his team's impressive home record. How good are the Ducks?  They've got more wins at home than the Oilers do in their entire season.  The Ducks haven't lost in regulation at home this entire year.  In other words, this should be a close one.  Might want to call your significant other and let them know to stock the icebox before you make it home tonight.

Of note:

  • The Oilers are 13-25-5 on the year.  The Ducks are 15-0-2 in Anaheim.
  • Tonight's game in in Anaheim. *gulp*
  • Goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov will get the call tonight after having the night off in San Jose.  While he was probably relieved to avoid that garbage pail of a game, he's now going to face another former team in the hopes that the Oilers can play keep away for 60+ minutes.
  • Anaheim is +105 with a -1.5 spread.  *wink, wink*

Projected Lines & Pairings:

The Phoenix Coyotes

Jakob Silfverberg - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry

Patrick Maroon - Mathieu Perreault - Teemu Selanne

Daniel Winnik - Saku Koivu - Andrew Cogliano

Matt Beleskey - Nick Bonino - Kyle Palmieri

Francois Beauchemin - Hampus Lindholm

Cam Fowler - Ben Lovejoy

Sami Vatanen - Bryan Allen

Viktor Fasth

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The Edmonton Oilers

Taylor Hall - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - David Perron

Nail Yakupov - Sam Gagner - Jordan Eberle

Ryan Smyth - Boyd Gordon - Ales Hemsky

Luke Gazdic - Anton Lander - Jesse Joensuu

Andrew Ference - Justin Schultz

Nick Schultz - Jeff Petry

Anton Belov - Martin Marincin

Ilya Bryzgalov

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