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This Train Is Bound To: Edmonton Oilers @ St. Louis Blues Game 20 Preview

No way does Edmonton deserve to be within 2 points of St. Louis, but they are. Take advantage of it, boys.

Dilip Vishwanat
Alberta Golden Bears


St. Louis Eagles
8-7-4 1.05 p/g
10-7-2, 1.16 p/g
Western Conf: 10th Western Conf: 5th

7:00 p.m. MST | Sportsnet West
Scottrade Center

The opposing view: St. Louis Game Time, Blue Note Zone

Top Story: St. Louis is 1st in the league in shot differential at +5.4 per game while Edmonton is 29th at -4.1. Devan Dubnyk bailed the Oilers out last night while Kari Lehtonen was atrocious, but the Oilers shouldn't expect that same luck tonight unless Ken Hitchcock starts Brian Elliott. Look for Devan Dubnyk to get his second straight start after a week-long layoff.

The Oilers are saying:

"I'm just protecting myself...I don't know if that's the right term for it. It's something that presented itself, and I was at the end of my shift, so I was pretty tired and maybe not thinking very clearly..."

--Sam Gagner on his decision to challenge Stars defenseman Brenden Dillon to a fight.

The Opponent is saying:

"I think this helps us so much because we play at such a higher level on the road and with such a higher level of intensity, where we're waiting for things to happen at home and then they don't happen and we get discouraged."

--Ken Hitchcock on the Blues home struggles.

Key matchup: Ralph Krueger's Ryan Jones experiment was a failure as the Gagner line was pasted in Dallas on the charts and by the eyes. Bringing Paajarvi back to that line is something that should happen sooner rather than later.

Edmonton Oilers Injuries

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Andy Sutton knee 01/16/2013
Nikolai Khabibulin undisclosed 02/27/2013
Shawn Horcoff other-excused 02/05/2013
Teemu Hartikainen shoulder 02/24/2013
Anton Lander foot 02/07/2013

St. Louis Blues Injuries

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Jamie Langenbrunner hip 02/06/2013
Andy McDonald knee 02/24/2013
Vladimir Tarasenko concussion 02/21/2013