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Preseason Game Thread: Rangers @ Oilers

No Richards, no Lundqvist, and no Nash. This game is chock full o' nuclear deterrents. Well, at least there's Ben Eager.

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Your opening day top left wing?
Your opening day top left wing?
Dale MacMillan
Edmonton Flyers


Camrose Kodiaks
1-2-0 4-0-1
Preseason Preseason
7:00 p.m. MDT | TSN, Radio: 630 CHED
Rexall Place - Edmonton, AB

The opposing view: Blueshirt Banter

Top Story: The roster is starting to shape up. Is this Ryan Jones' last chance to hold on to a roster spot before the start of the regular season? The Rangers are dressing three troublemakers, yet the re-reacquired 'nuclear deterrent' isn't yet on tonight's roster. Fear not, Ben Eager is there. (weeps softly)

Hope Taylor Hall reeeeeally likes playing centre.

The Oilers are saying:

"He's in the mix, he's fighting for a spot."

--Oilers coach Dallas Eakins on Ryan Jones. Jones is scheduled to play with Pitlick and Lander, so I'm not sure how much fighting for a spot he'll be doing.

The Opponent is saying:

"It's unfortunate that Derek (Stepan) has decided to listen to his agent"

--Rangers GM Glen Sather on current Rangers holdout Derek Stepan.

The Rangers currently have 2.183M in available cap. Lots of luck, Glen.

Expected Lineups:

via Bob Stauffer

Ryan Smyth - Taylor Hall - Ales Hemsky
David Perron - Mark Arcobello - Jordan EberleBen Eager - Will Acton - Ryan Hamilton
Tyler Pitlick - Anton Lander - Ryan Jones

Darnell Nurse - Philip Larsen
Taylor Fedun - Jeff Petry
Anton Belov - Justin Schultz

Jason LaBarbera

Devan Dubnyk

via Steve Zipay

Marek Hrivik, Oscar Lindberg, Danny Kristo
Michael Haley, Dominic Moore, Derek DorsettChris Kreider, JT Miller, Arron Asham
Benoit Pouliot, Derick Brassard, Mats Zuccarello

Aaron Johnson, Tommy Hughes
Marc Staal, Conor AllenRyan McDonagh, Dan Girardi

Martin Biron

Cam Talbot

Key matchup: None