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Oilers look to make it two in a row with trip to MSG

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5-8-1, 11 points, .786 p/g Ranks 6-5-2, 14 points, 1.14 p/g
Western Conference - 14th Eastern Conference - 11th
24th P/G 21st
21st ST 3rd
27th ES 9th
28th Goal 25th
4 PM MDT - SNW
Madison Square Garden
The opposing view:  Blueshirt Banter

Victory, Finally

A two goal third helped Edmonton secure their fifth victory on the year, and first on the road.    The Sabres certainly made it interesting when they took a 2-1 lead early in the third period, but a goals from Mark Arcobello and a pretty set up from Teddy Purcell landed on Boyd Gordon's stick for the eventual game winner.  Buffalo absorbed 52 shots from the Oilers, but kept it interesting until the very end.

The Oilers are currently 1-2 on their road trip, and will wrap it up Tuesday in Nashville before heading home.

The Oilers are saying

"I think the past three or four games, my game has been better even though the production's not there.  But I feel good.  I'm doing the right thing.  It's just a matter of getting points.  At one point it's going to come"

That's Oilers forward Benoit Pouliot on his inability to put points on the board.

Pouliot's on the first line, which causes a lot of folks to bristle.  I admit, I'd rather see David Perron on the first line. Perron's shooting under 4% on the season, and I think it's only a matter of time for him to burst out.

The Opponent is saying

"I think at the end fo the day we need a better commitment to play a solid two-way game.  Offensively, obvsiouly we were getting some good looks, but we need to tighten up things defensiely and I think a lot of that starts with our forwards getting available a little bit better and on the right side of the play.  On their winning goal (Toronto), if you look at the final picture, they almost got a 4 on 0 on our goatlender.  Some people missing there."
That's Rangers coach Alain Vigneault on his team's struggles in a 5-4 loss to Toronto.

A 4 on 0?  Which Oilers game footage over the last year or so have you been studying from, Coach?

Have some of this
  • Is Taylor Hall fixed yet?  No?  Okay.
  • The Oilers will be getting Andrew Ference back in the lineup after serving a three game suspension for an illegal check to the head of Vancouver's Zack Kassian.  Who's coming out?  Martin Marincin. Normally I'd be fuming about Marincin coming out, but the eye test wasn't kind to him in Buffalo on Friday.  Not sure Ference is an upgrade though.
  • Iiro Pakarinen scored Edmonton's first goal on Friday.  He'll be on the third line with Leon Draisaitl, and I'd like to see more than 7:40 of ice time for him.
  • The Oilers are going back to Viktor Fasth tonight after Fasth's 29 save performance in Buffalo.  Fasth picked up his first win on the year, and the Oilers avoided dropping a contest to a team who is actiely trying to lose.  Henrik Lundqvist is expected to get the start for the Rangers, who has posted a ripe .901 SV% so far this year.  "Ripe" like a dirty diaper, that is.
  • Boyd Gordon, you guys.

PROJECTED LINES

The Edmonton Oilers

Benoit Pouliot - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Jordan Eberle

Nail Yakupov - Mark Arcobello - David Perron

Teddy Purcell - Leon Draisaitl - Iiro Pakarinen

Matt Hendricks - Boyd Gordon - Jesse Joensuu

Andrew Ference - Justin Schultz

Jeff Petry - Nikita Nikitin

Keith Aulie - Mark Fayne

Viktor Fasth

The New York Rangers

Rick Nash - Derick Brassard - Martin St. Louis

Chris Kreider - Derek Stepan - Mats Zuccarello

Carl Hagelin - Dominic Moore - Lee Stempniak

Tanner Glass - Kevin Hayes - Anthony Duclair

Marc Staal - Kevin Klein

Matt Hunwick - Dan Girardi

Conor Allen - Michael Kostlka

Henrik Lundqvist