Oilers v. Lightning - Proverbs 1:24-27

Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

We called so often, but they didn't answer;
we reached out, but they paid no attention.
They rejected any kind of new thinking,
and refused to listen to any kind of correction.
Now there is nothing to do but laugh at this endless trouble,
to be snide when the inevitable disaster strikes,
to smirk when they're blown away by the Lightning,
and shake your head when they're hammered by the Blues,
and the predictable fall down the standings happens again.

Tampa Bay Lightning @ Edmonton Oilers

Rexall Place, 6:00 p.m. MST
Television: Sportsnet

Visiting Team Scouting Report: Last season, the Tampa Bay Lightning were one of the worst teams in the league by Fenwick percentage at five-on-five with the score tied (44.5%). This year, they're one of the best teams in the league by the same measure (53.8%). So what's different? The Lightning hired new head coach, Jon Cooper, but they also added to their core without losing anyone who played big minutes last season. The top seven skaters in terms of minutes played from 2012-13 (Carle, Stamkos, St. Louis, Hedman, Brewer, Salo, Purcell) have all returned, but just three (Carle, St. Louis, Hedman) are among the top seven this season. The new guys (Filppula, Johnson, Gudas, Killorn) have played well and pushed some of Tampa's previous top players down the lineup.

Expected Lineups:

Edmonton Oilers (13-26-5):

Hall - Nugent-Hopkins - Eberle
Perron - Gagner - Yakupov
Smyth - Gordon - Hemsky
Joensuu - Arcobello - Jones

Ference - J Schultz
Marincin - Petry
N Schultz - Hunt

Bryzgalov

Tampa Bay Lightning (25-12-4):

Palat - Johnson - St. Louis
Killorn - Filppula - Purcell
Kucherov - Thompson - Brown
Malone - Panik - Cote

Hedman - Salo
Carle - Gudas
Brewer - Sustr

Bishop

By The Numbers:

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