Anton Lander Is Going To Have A Great Time Tonight
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Boyd Gordon are going to be on this team when the regular season begins. Leon Draisaitl is going to be there too. Who else? Who knows? Anton Lander is going to get the lion's share of an opportunity (read: not really) as he's the middle man with Kevin Westgarth and Steven Pinizzotto tonight. I hope Lander's got a couple of cool pillows waiting for him in OKC. Perhaps if he smashes someone in the face, the coaching staff will take notice.
The Oilers are saying
"I think if you're in a situation like mine, you want to be versatile a little bit. Anything you can add to your value, there's a lot of us in that spot. It's an opportunity to show I can be versatile and maybe add a different dimension or be useful in a different way. Hopefully I can make the most of it"
That's Oilers forward Will Acton, who will be getting some time on the left of Bogdan Yakimov this evening. In a vacuum, I think that Anton Lander would get the nod over Acton if the season were to begin tomorrow, but Acton isn't playing in the middle of Westgarth and Pinizzotto, and because of this, things might get a wee bit obfuscated by the time the game ends.
The Opponent is saying
"Good players play anywhere. We had the Sedins on D during a practice and they looked pretty good"
- Scrivens got the win last night against
PhoenixArizona, tonight it's going to be Fasth to start. Finkle and Einhorn, Finkle and Einhorn. Einhorn is a man.
- Oh God, Keith Aulie again?
- A two goal effort gets Jesse Joensuu the bump to top six. You'll remember Jesse Joensuu as the guy who had an outstanding preseason in 2013 en route to securing a spot on the opening night roster. Spread some of those goals out over the regular season, Jesse.
6410. Load 'em up and let 'em rip.
- Anton Lander again. Good luck making it work out there tonight.
- "HE'S NO KAY WHITMORE" - Ryan Miller is starting for the Canucks in net tonight. I always enjoy when a high profile goaltender ends up in a new city. I'm also going to enjoy reading narratives about how he's "just not the answer" when the Canucks are in trouble in January.
The Vancouver Canucks
The Edmonton Oilers
Taylor Hall - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Nail Yakupov
Jesse Joensuu - Leon Draisaitl - Teddy Purcell
Will Acton - Bogdan Yakimov - Tyler Pitlick
Steve Pinizzotto - Anton Lander - Kevin Westgarth
Nikita Nikitin - Mark Fayne
Darnell Nurse - Brad Hunt
Martin Marincin - Keith Aulie