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Game Thread: Oilers at Blues: Revolution 9

If they lose a 9th, what's next?

Edward is brooding, but sparkly.
Edward is brooding, but sparkly.
Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Number 9, number 9, number 9, number 9, number 9, number 9, number 9, number 9, number 9, number 9, number 9, number 9, number 9, number 9, number 9...

Everyone of them knew that as time went by, they'd get a little bit older, a little bit slower...

I'm not sure what happens if the Oilers lose a 9th game in a row and drop to 6-15-3. Are they relieved because at least they have Arizona and Winnipeg up next?

How To Tune In

Sportsnet West, which I believe still has the Sportsnet intermission show. Turn the television off at intermission.

What To Watch For From The Oilers

How do they manage the second and third lines against the Blues? If Hitchcock chooses to match the Schwartz line against Draisaitl and hand Hopkins to Oshie or Backes, there will be blood in the water.

What To Watch For From The Blues

The Blues are possession killers and everyone but their fourth line tilts the ice. The STL line line of Schwartz - Tarasenko - Lehtera was on a scoring tear, but they've fallen off a bit recently. How deep are the Blues? Paul Stastny gets to face off against 3rd level competition. Stastny vs. Draisaitl should be...interesting.

And what about those rumors of Edward to the Blues?.

The issue here is that both T.J. Oshie, Kevin Shattinkirk, and Alexander Steen are eligible for free agency in 2017-2018, and presumably they would like to stay in St. Louis, and the team would like for them to stay. Same goes for David Backes and Jori Lehtera, who are UFA eligible in 2016-2017. Barret Jackman is eligible next season.

Eberle would be a fine addition to the team, but there are a lot of considerations to be made coming up, especially if the cap isn't raised much, if at all. Dumping Ott's salary, which is absurd for a 4th liner, along with trading Berglund could make sense and would help ease the situation. So would getting a right winger who nearly had 30 goals last year for someone who had 14 - and for someone who has yet to score in a Blues uniform.

Projected Line-Ups

Edmonton Oilers

Cannonball - Ryan N. Hopkins III - Edward
#YakCity - Mark Arcobello - Teddy Purcell
Yessa - Ladies Man - White Skates
Luke Gazdic - Ueli Steck - Steve Pinizzotto

Double Agent - Mark Fayne
Oscar Klefbom - Jeff Petry
Andrew Ference - Jultz

Ben Scrivens

St. Louis Blues

Jori Lehtera - Jaden Schwartz - Vladimir Tarasenko
Patrik Berglund - T.J. Oshie - Alexander Steen
David Backes - Joakim Lindstrom - Paul Stastny
Maxim Lapierre - Steve Ott - Ryan Reaves

Barret Jackman - Alex Pietrangelo
Carl Gunnarsson - Kevin Shattenkirk
Chris Butler - Ian Cole

Jake Allen

Final Thought

And just because: