The Oilers need 9 more points in the next 7 games, preferably against Detroit, Nashville, and Minnesota. Getting two out of a beaten up St. Louis team would just be a bonus.
Oilers Report: Even though he sucked all of the momentum out of the Sam Gagner - Ales Hemsky combo, coach Ralph Krueger goes back to Ryan Jones on the left wing and scratches Magnus Paajarvi. Both Corey Potter and Mark Fistric suffered injuries against the Stars, so Theo Peckham and Ryan Whitney get back into the lineup.
Blues Report: The Blues didn't have any of Andy McDonald, Alexander Steen or Vladimir Tarasenko in the lineup last night and that line has been the soft minutes killers for the Blues this year. David Backes and T.J. Oshie have provided cover while Hitchcock has allowed the soft minutes line 60+% Ozone starts.
Expected Line Combinations
Taylor Hall - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Jordan Eberle
Ryan Jones - Sam Gagner - Ales Hemsky
Ryan Smyth - Eric Belanger - Nail Yakupov
Ben Eager - Chris VandeVelde - Lennart Petrell
Justin Schultz - Nick Schultz
Ladislav Smid - Jeff Petry
Theo Peckham - Ryan Whitney
Scratches: Magnus Paajarvi, Mark Fistric, Corey Potter
By The Numbers
- Edmonton still has the best special teams in the league with an STE of 109.9 but falling. The Islanders are 2nd at 108, and St. Louis is 3rd at 107.9.
- The Blues have the best shot differential in the league, the Oilers are 29th.
- Ales Hemsky has 21 points in 25 career games against the Blues
- Sam Gagner has 15 points in 17 career games against the Blues
- St. Louis' even strength save percentage stands at .892, led by Brian Elliott's amazing .863. This is just one season after the Blues posted .941 and Elliot posted .945 - alchemy, folks. Alchemy.
- With the collapse of the goaltender, note that no one is nominating Ken Hitchcock for the Adams Trophy, but everyone is nominating Joel Quenneville, because his two goalies' combined even strength save percentages are .944. The Adams trophy should be awarded to the goalie that wins it for the coach.