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Oilers @ Jets Game Thread

The Oilers travel to Manitoba for a pre-season game against an old rival.

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Perry Nelson
Edmonton Flyers


Winnipeg Warriors
1-0-1 0-1-1
Pre-season Pre-season
6:00 p.m. MDT | TV - None, (click for local streaming info) Radio - 630 CHED
MTS Centre - Winnipeg, MB
The opposing view: Arctic Ice Hockey
Top Story: After a split-squad meeting with the Flames, the Oilers take their eclectic band of players to Winnipeg to take on the Jets.

The Oilers are saying:

"It's nitty gritty time. This is where players step forward and establish their spots or end up playing elsewhere."

--Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins, from the Oilers' twitter account.

That sounds like a standard coaching shtick from Eakins. Bet you Ryan Martindale would rather be "elsewhere" than playing between Moroz and Abney.

The Opponent is saying:

"I'm confident in our goaltending and I think our goaltending can help us get in the playoffs"

--Winnipeg Jets coach Claude Noel, from CBC Sports (16 September 2013)

I'm glad Claude Noel is confident that Ondrej Pavelec (.905 SV% in 2013, .906 SV% in 2011-12) can help get the Jets into the playoffs. While this quote comes from an article titled "Jets coach Noel believes goaltending must improve", it's reassuring to know a coach not on the Oilers believes a guy with the league's 60th best SV% in 2013 can help anyone do anything.

Expected Lineups:

via @EdmontonOilers

Linus Omark - Sam Gagner - Ryan Jones
Ryan Hamilton - Mark Arcobello - Nail Yakupov
Tyler Pitlick - Anton Lander - Jesse Joensuu
Mitch Moroz - Ryan Martindale - Cameron Abney

Ladislav Smid - Jeff Petry
Denis Grebeshkov - Philip Larsen
Oscar Klefbom - Brandon Davidson

Richard Bachman

via @WiebeSunSports

Evander Kane - Olli Jokinen - Devin Setoguchi
James Wright - Mark Scheifele - Michael Frolik
Ivan Telegin - Jim Slater - Anythony Peluso
Eric Tangradi - Eric O`Dell - Carl Klingberg

Grant Clitsome - Dustin Byfuglien
Mark Stuart - Paul Postma
Julian Melchiori - Jacob Trouba

Ondrej Pavelec

Key matchup: None