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Oilers v. Penguins - 1 Corinthians 3:10-13

Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Like a master builder I, Craig Patrick Steve Tambellini, have laid a beautiful foundation according to the grace that was given to me by God. Now someone else is building on it, and each builder is free to choose his own way. But if a solid foundation has already been laid, the next builder shouldn't change it, and that foundation is two three first overall draft picks. When someone new adds to that foundation--whether with a new goalie or some new defensemen or some extra forwards--his work will certainly be visible, and he will be held responsible for that work, but the one who laid the foundation must always be remembered with thanks.

Pittsburgh Penguins @ Edmonton Oilers

Rexall Place, 8:00 p.m. MST

Visiting Team Scouting Report: During the 2011-12 season, the Penguins had the second-best five-on-five Fenwick percentage with the score tied at 55.0%. Then in 2013, they tanked, falling all the way to 49.7%. It was a curious reversal, in part attributable to the departure of Jordan Staal, but in part attributable to the team simply not playing up to their capabilities. This season, the Penguins are back up to 51.8%, good enough for fifth in the Eastern Conference. That's probably closer to where they should be, but a team with talents like Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin should probably be able to do better.

Expected Lineups:

Edmonton Oilers (14-26-5):

Hall - Nugent-Hopkins - Eberle
Yakupov - Arcobello - Gagner
Perron - Gordon - Hemsky
Gazdic - Smyth - Jones

Ference - J Schultz
Belov - Petry
Marincin - N Schultz


Pittsburgh Penguins (29-7-5):

Kunitz - Crosby - Gibbons
Jokinen - Malkin - Neal
Glass - Sutter - Pyatt
Adams - Vitale - Engelland

Scuderi - Letang
Bortuzzo - Orpik
Maatta - Niskanen


By The Numbers:

  • Devan Dubnyk is back in goal for the Oilers tonight after starting just two of Edmonton's last nine games. Dubnyk is currently the only goaltender in the league with at least ten starts and an even strength save percentage lower than .900. He can make it to .900 tonight if he allows one goal (or none) on at least twenty shots.
  • Sidney Crosby didn't quite make it into our top ten players ever, but he's helping his case for next time with an excellent and (just as importantly) healthy season for the Penguins. Crosby has 65 points in 45 games (1.44 points per game, just a touch better than his career average of 1.42), eleven points ahead of Patrick Kane who sits second with 54.
  • Anton Lander has now played two games with the Oklahoma City Barons since being demoted, and has five points and +4 rating in those games, giving him an even 20 points in 20 AHL games so far this season. In other news, Ryan Smyth is tonight's fourth line center.