|15-29-5 .744 p/g||Ranks||25-19-5, 1.122 p/g|
|Western Conference: 14th||Western Conference: 8th|
- The Oilers made a couple of moves yesterday. They dealt maligned goaltender Devan Dubnyk (11-17-2, .894 SV%) to Nashville for centre Matt Hendricks (2-2-4 in 44 GP). Second, they dealt a third round pick to Los Angeles for goaltender Ben Scrivens (7-5-4, .931 SV%). If you'd like a quick refresher on these deals, you can get 'em here, here and here, and a nice recap here. Hendricks has played wing in Nashville this year so there's a little flexibility on where he can play. I don't think he's an upgrade on Anton Lander, but if he's in Edmonton for the duration of his contract, I don't see how Lander ever sees the light of day again. I like Ben Scrivens and I don't think a third round pick was too much to get him, although the Oilers will need to get to signing him soon if they're going to make this deal count. Also, it makes no damn difference who's in goal unless this team fixes the frickin' defence. Good luck, Scrivens.
The Oilers are saying
That was my team growing up... it's going to be fun to throw on that jersey and play for that logo.
That's Ben Scrivens upon learning he'd been dealt to the Oilers.
You know what they say, if you can't draft an Oil King, you might as well trade for a local product. A Spruce Grove native, Scrivens says all the right things about getting to come play for his favourite team growing up.
Here's the deal: I want to see Ben Scrivens succeed. I don't have the foggiest idea what this team has planned for him as far as him being the starter or backup. Here's what I do know: if the Oilers sign him, he'll be the only goaltender on the team with any NHL experience signed past this year. So look, I want this to work out. But for the love of anything that's good, if this team doesn't get some help on D fast, he's going to get blasted.
The Opponent is saying
"We've got to make sure that we put some fuel back in the tank. We've got to make sure that we're ready to compete tomorrow"
- The Wild don't score very much. They're 27th in the league averaging 2.29 goals per game. If you're not scoring a ton, you'd better have some solid defence. They're allowing only 27.5 shots per game, good for fifth overall in the league.
- Minnesota is missing some key pieces in Mikko Koivu (ankle) and Zach Parise (foot). Josh Harding hasn't played since December 31st due to an illness.
- UPDATE: Ales Hemsky will not be in the lineup today due to an ankle injury. Hemsky has returned to Edmonton, and could be out for Saturday's game at Winnipeg as well.
Ilya Bryzgalov hasn't been answer in net for Oilers. 3.27 avg, .902 save % in 13 starts, 3-7-2 record.#Oilers— Jim Matheson (@NHLbyMatty) January 15, 2014
The Edmonton Oilers
Taylor Hall - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Sam Gagner
Nail Yakupov - Mark Arcobello - Jordan Eberle
David Perron - Boyd Gordon - Ryan Smyth
Luke Gazdic - Matt Hendricks - Ryan Jones
Andrew Ference - Justin Schultz
Nick Schultz - Anton Belov
Jeff Petry - Martin Marincin
The Minnesota Wild
Nino Niederreiter - Mikael Granlund - Jason Pominville
Dany Heatley - Charlie Coyle - Jason Zucker
Matt Cooke - Kyle Brodziak - Justin Fontaine
Stephane Veilleux - Erik Haula - Torrey Mitchell
Ryan Suter - Jonas Brodin
Marco Scandella - Nate Prosser
Jonathon Blum - Clayton Stoner