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Oilers @ Ducks Game 29 Preview

Worst meets first as Edmonton plays third game in four nights.

Viktor Fasth will start for the Oilers against his former club.
Viktor Fasth will start for the Oilers against his former club.
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7-15-5, 19 points, .704 p/g Ranks 18-6-5, 41 points, 1.414 p/g
Western Conference - 14th Western Conference - 1st
30th P/G 2nd
23rd ST 15th
28th ES 15th
28th Goal 15th
8:00 PM MDT - SNW / SNO
Honda Center
The opposing view: Anaheim Calling

It Was Fun While It Lasted

Sunday's game against the Sharks was notable in that it was the first Oilers victory since November 9th.  I'm not suggesting it will be another month before the Oilers are able to win again, but....well, maybe I am suggesting this. The Oilers dropped their latest effort by a 5-2 score in San Jose.  San Jose got on the board with two goals in the first six minutes.  Oilers responded six minutes later with goal from Jordan Eberle and David Perron, but San Jose sewed this one with two more goals in the second and one in the third.

The Oilers are in Anaheim for their third game in four nights.

The Oilers are saying

"We're getting enough chances to score three goals, and it's a 3-2 league...If you're going to continue to score two, it's not going to go well for you.  Our guys are getting their chances, but we've got to start putting them in the net now.  We've got to put ourselves in a better spot to score the goals"

That's Oilers coach Dallas Eakins on why scoring three goals is better than two.


Oilers are last in the Western Conference in the standings, it shouldn't be much of a surprise that they're also last in goals scored in the West as well.  They've scored just 62 goals in 28 games, which averages out to about 2.2 goals per game.  That's not a lot of clams, you guys.

The Opponent is saying

"It was just a sprained knee...It just takes a little time for everything to heal up.  Hopefully it's not too long and it's quicker than what I expect"

That's Ducks forward Corey Perry.  Perry will be out of the lineup for three to four weeks with a sprained knee which he sustained on Friday versus the Wild.

Everybody is injured on the Ducks.  How do you have two goalies injured at once?

Have some of this

  • This is the first of four meetings between the Ducks and the Oilers.  Good times await, I'm sure.
  • The Oilers never beat Anaheim.  They've won exactly three games against the Ducks in their last 20. Come to think of it, that's not too much different from the last 20 games we've seen.
  • Boyd Gordon is slated to be out of the lineup again tonight, which is bad for business.  Last night's C lineup of 93, 29, 26 and 23 shines a little light on that lack of depth at centre.
  • PERRON POWER - Regress with me.  David Perron scored again last night, and he's got a five game point streak.
  • Viktor Fasth is getting the green light tonight (2-6-2, .891 SV%).  Frederik Andersen (14-4-4, .911 SV%) starts for Anaheim.  Bring me Bryzgalov.