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Oilers look for third consecutive victory as winless Canes roll into town

Tough sledding for Hurricanes so far.
Tough sledding for Hurricanes so far.
James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports


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0-4-2, 2 points, .333 p/g Ranks 2-4-1, 5 points, .705p/g
Eastern Conference - 15th Western Conference - 12th
26th P/G 29th
30th ST 22md
30th ES 28th
28th Goal 30th
7:30 PM MDT - SN OL
Rexall Place
The opposing view: Canes Country

I'll Take One Of Your Scrivens' Mightier, Trebek

The Capitals threw 23 shots over the final 40 minutes at Ben Scrivens (including 13 in the final 20), but the Oilers emerged on top at the end of regulation.  Goals by Justin Schultz, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, and Nikita Nikitin helped propel the Oilers to their second consecutive victory after starting the season winless in five.  The Hurricanes are looking for their first victory on the season while the Oilers will look to come within one game of .500.

The Oilers are saying

"I thought we had a good first period.  I thought we were fine in the second period.  But in the third period, we started to back up...we started to play that back-up game and oh, you don't want to do that.  We just don't want to play that way.  You can see what happens when you back up and play safe.  Safe is going to kill you.  We want to play intelligent with the lead.
The second wasn't very good either, coach.  The Oilers got a couple breaks when Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was able to pick Alex Ovechkin's pocket with a sneaky-good manoeuvre, and Nikitia Nikitin scored a power play goal from the point.  This doesn't take away from the fact that the Oilers weren't very good in the third either, as they amassed just five shots each in both the second and the third periods.  Getting outshot 33-20 is a pretty good way to find yourself on the wrong side of the score sheet, but the Oilers got some bail money from Ben Scrivens.

The Opponent is saying

"There's gonna be things that go wrong each and every night, it's how you react that's important"

If I wasn't a fan of the Oilers, I might feel bad for Carolina, who have had it rough so far.  (The Oilers have had it rough enough over the past decade, so I don't feel too bad.) A rash of injuries to core players, the fourth worst goals per game and allowing three and a half goals per game is a quick recipe to disaster.  Carolina dropped yesterday's game versus Calgary by a score of 5-0 in a game that saw them amass just sixteen shots.

Have some of this
  • Dallas Eakins might have said that he's worried about team success over the ice time of individual players, so that must be why Nail Yakupov ended up playing over two more minutes of ice time versus the Caps than the Lightning.
  • Oilers have been victorious in their last two games, and their team GAA has dropped quite a bit. There's still a lot of room to grow, as they sit last in the league with 4 goals allowed per game.
  • Look for Anton Khudobin to get the start for Carolina tonight, as Cam Ward played in Calgary on the first leg of their back-to-back games.
  • For the Oilers, look for the same lineup again tonight.
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The Carolina Hurricanes

Jiri Tlusty - Riley Nash - Alexander Semin
Jeff Skinner - Victor Rask - Elias Lindholm
Chris Terry - Jay McClement - Zach Boychuk
Brad Malone - Brody Sutter - Patrick Brown

Andrej Sekera - Justin Faulk
Tim Gleason - Ryan Murphy
Jay Harrison - Brett Bellemore

Anton Khudobin

The Edmonton Oilers

Taylor Hall - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Jordan Eberle
Teddy Purcell - Leon Draisaitl - David Perron
Benoit Pouliot - Mark Arcobello - Nail Yakupov
Matt Hendricks - Boyd Gordon - Jesse Joensuu

Andrew Ference - Jeff Petry
Martin Marincin - Justin Schultz
Nikita Nikitin - Mark Fayne

Ben Scrivens