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Devils @ Oilers Game 20 Preview

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After tonight's game, the Oilers will have played one quarter of their season. This team has six wins. Devils! Oilers! Action!

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8-9-2, 18 points, 1.334  p/g Ranks 6-11-2, 14 points, .778 p/g
Eastern Conference - 12th Western Conference - 14th
22nd P/G 28th
28th ST 14th
25th ES 28th
20th Goal 28th
7:30 PM MDT - SN
Rexall Place
The opposing view: In Lou We Trust

This Is Not Enough Broccolis

The Oilers hung four goals on Vancouver.  They've done that twice this season now.  It still isn't enough, as Yannick Weber scored his first of the season five minutes after Andrew Ference (!) knotted it up at 4.  Credit to the Oilers for not folding like a chair after going down 2-nil and 3-1.  They even made it exciting when it was tied up at three, but this was the fourth time in four games that our best friends from Vancouver took two points out of Oiler hide.

An Eastern Conference team is in the house tonight.  Every Oiler victory has come against an Eastern club this year. How YOU doin'?

The Oilers are saying

"A different mix, a little different mix.  We think that Nuge has hit a spot where he can carry a line and we know that Taylor can carry a line too.  Will there be times where we throw that line back together?  Absolutely"
WHOLE LOTTA SHAKIN' GOIN' ON
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the blender.  Hall is paired up with Draisaitl and Purcell, while Nuge gets Pouliot and Eberle.  Good for Draisaitl getting some time with Hall, he should get more than a few stabs around the net.

The Opponent is saying

"We've got to find a way to get a power-play goal.  Someone's got to get a goal for us.  That's the bottom line"

Goals are good.  Good for you, too.  Big bear chase me.

Devils were able to hang a single goal on Jets goaltender Michael Hutchinson, and amassed only 22 total shots en route to a 3-1 loss at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg.  New Jersey has lost two straight, and will look to avoid a three game skid tonight at the Pillbox.

Have some of this
  • Ethan Moreau really became a goat towards the end of his run with the Oilers, and I was absolutely blown away that the Columbus Blue Jackets took a chance on him via the waiver wicket.  Pencil me even more surprised that the Oilers were able to trade Will Acton to the Canucks.  Even more shell-shocked:  they were able to acquire a player in return.  That player is Kellen Lain, a winger who has nine games in the NHL at age 25.  If I know this team like I think I know this team, he's the next call-up if something happens to Pinizzotto and Co.  (The "Co." is Luke Gazdic.  Shhhhhh.)
  • Seriously, how does a conversation about trading Will Acton even begin?  "We've got these oily rags for sale here.  Oh, we could throw in Will Acton.  Would that work for you?"
  • Martin Marincin is back on the blue line tonight.  Keith Aulie will be eatin' the popcorn.  I wonder if Aulie even likes popcorn.
  • Viktor Fasth gets the start tonight.  Fasth will look for his first win since November 9th when he and the Oilers staked a victory against the Rangers.
  • Steve Pinizzotto scored a goal and an assist, and he fought which had my Twitter feed lighting up with talk about the Gordie Howe Hat Trick.  Score two points every night, Steve, and you can be my Yoko Ono.  (Eventually you're going to break up the Beatles, Steve.  Tread lightly.)
  • Hey there, New Jersey Devils.  What's it going to take to get Adam Larsson off your hands?  I've got a Nikita Nikitin, all for you.  Don't all jump at once.
  • Jaromir Jagr is 42 years of age and he leads the New Jersey Devils Professional Hockey Club in scoring. Shine on, you mad Czech.
  • GOILERS

PROJECTED LINES

The New Jersey Devils

Michael Cammalleri - Travis Zajac - Jaromir Jagr
Patrik Elias - Adam Henrique - Martin Havlat
Tuomo Ruutu - Jacob Josefson - Michael Ryder
Dainius Zubrus - Stephen Gionta - Steve Bernier

Andy Greene - Damon Severson
Eric Gelinas - Marek Zidicky
Adam Larsson - Seth Helgeson

Cory Schneider

The Edmonton Oilers

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

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

Viktor Fasth