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Game Thread: Oilers at Bruins - Iiro the Hero To The Rescue

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The road trips continues in Boston. I guess there's always a chance.

Tom Szczerbowski

In 2008 my wife and I went to Boston for a short vacation. We got to see a Red Sox game, made it out to Gillette Stadium to see the Dolphins dismantle the Patriots (it was amazing), drank beers, ate some great food, and spent our days checking out what I thought was a wonderful city. We had a great time and I would go back in a heartbeat. Why do I mention this? Because if/when tonight's game against the Bruins gets away from the Oilers I'm going to flash back to a much happier Boston related memory. You might want to consider being ready with something like this as well.

How To Tune In

Sportsnet 360 will have the game tonight. Puck drops at 5PM Edmonton time.

What To Watch For With The Oilers

This could be a long night for the Oilers, and on nights like this it's easy to be negative, so why not just keep an eye on Iiro Pakarinen instead. Iiro the Hero (it makes a great t-shirt) will be making his NHL debut tonight, and after a great start to the season with the Barons might be just what the Oilers need to kick start their offence. So far this season Pakarinen has a +11 goal differential, has scored 5-3-8 in seven games, and has three power play goals. How that translate to the NHL is anyone's guess but finding out will be infinitely more fun that watching Keith Aulie do a bang on impression of a pylon.

What To Watch For With The Bruins

Stanley Cup of Chowder is looking for a decisive win against a bottom tier team. I think they might get their wish.

Apparently the theme of this season is beating below-average teams in OT. "A win is a win" is unacceptable and downright untrue. It's hard to be excited about an overtime win against the Panthers, a team that has scored only 15 non-shootout goals all season. I was excited about the game-winner, a classic Marchand dangle. He has stepped up in replacement of David Krejci. Would a blowout against the Oilers really be too much to ask?

Projected Lineups

Edmonton Oilers

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

Nikita Nikitin - Justin Schultz
Oscar Klefbom - Mark Fayne
Keith Aulie - Jeff Petry

Ben Scrivens

Boston Bruins

Milan Lucic - Chris Kelly - Seth Griffith
Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Reilly Smith
Matt Fraser - Carl Soderberg - Loui Eriksson
Daniel Paille - Gregory Campbell - Simon Gagne

Dennis Seidenberg - Dougie Hamilton
Joe Morrow - Adam McQuaid
David Warsofsky - Zach Trotman

Tuukka Rask

Final Thought