|23-35-8, .808 p/g
||29-29-9, 1 p/g
|Western Conference: 14th
||Eastern Conference: 13th
1:00 PM MDT - Sportsnet West
The Oilers came back in the third period in Friday's 2-1 shootout loss to Detroit, but as you read the word "shootout loss", you'll be quick to realize that they were unsuccessful in obtaining two points, and were forced to settle for one. Ryan Smyth scored his 10th of the year after intercepting an errant pass from Detroit's Brendan Smith. The goal gives Ryan Smyth 23 points on the year, which puts him eighth among Oilers forwards in points.
The Oilers are saying
"It's quiet progress...I'm not going to jump up and down and throw my pompoms up, but this could have turned very ugly where they just started mailing it in. But they're not. I haven't had to go in and rally them much. The guys in the room are doing it themselves. That's massive to me"
Well, yeah, you're right. And yes, it's good to see the team win every now and again, I think that's important for not only their psyche, but ours. Then again, if Ben Scrivens
hadn't been standing on his head over the past month, you might have had to do a little more pompom-ing.
It can always get worse, Coach.
The Opponent is saying
"We just gear up for next game...We know in this league, you have to have a short-term memory and you get ready for the next one"
Nathan Gerbe is having himself a pretty good year. After being bought out by the Sabres
this past offseason, the Hurricanes offered him a one year, two-way deal for 550K. That doesn't sound like a whole lot of dough, but he's getting 300K this year and next from being bought out. He's got 29 points (14-15-29) so far this year after tallying just ten with Buffalo last year. If he finishes with 35 or so points, that's a solid investment for less than six hundred thousand.
Have some of this.
- Carolina's Cam Ward allowed 5 goals in 35 shots in yesterday's loss. Expect Anton Khudobin to get the start for the Hurricanes.
- Ben Scrivens (5-6-0, .929 SV%) gets the start for the Oilers.
- Anton Lander found his way in the 2C slot for Sam Gagner in Friday's game. Jack Michaels tweeted that Jesse Joensuu will likely be out, Gagner could be back, and that Lander could find himself on a third line playing wing with Gordon and Hendricks. Of course.
HELLO AGAIN, OLD FRIEND - The Oilers website has had four draft simulators on their website in the last four years. You think it'll be 5 in a row this year?
The Edmonton Oilers
Nail Yakupov - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Jordan Eberle
Taylor Hall - Sam Gagner - David Perron
Matt Hendricks - Boyd Gordon - Anton Lander
Luke Gazdic - Ryan Smyth - Ryan Jones
Martin Marincin - Jeff Petry
Oscar Klefbom - Andrew Ference
Philip Larsen - Justin Schultz
The Carolina Hurricanes
Jeff Skinner - Eric Staal - Elias Lindholm
Jiri Tlusty - Jordan Staal - Alexander Semin
Nathan Gerbe - Riley Nash - Pat Dwyer
Andrei Loktionov - Manny Malhotra - Radek Dvorak
Andrej Sekera - Justin Faulk
Ron Hainsey - Brett Bellemore
Jay Harrison - Ryan Murphy