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Oilers @ Rangers Game 59 Preview

This is where I usually try to write something emotionally uplifting about today's game.




19-33-6, .758 p/g Ranks 31-23-3, 1.14 p/g
Western Conference: 14th Eastern Conference: 6th
29th P/G 11th
26th ST 3rd
28th ES 13th
30th Goal 11th
5:00 PM MDT - Sportsnet West
Madison Square Garden
The opposing view: Blueshirt Banter

Not Yet Turning A Corner

The Oilers are winners in four of their last five!  Certainly, they must be turning some kind of corner, right?  If by "turning a corner", you mean "getting extremely good goaltending", then you're on to something.

The Oilers have yielded a seemingly impossible 142 shots in the past three games.  That's an average of over 47 shots per game.  These are regular, everyday ordinary sixty minute games we're talking about here, and the Oilers are getting their asses kicked all over the ice.  Fortunately, the masks are keeping the losses at bay.  In his last two starts, Ben Scrivens has turned aside 96 of 100 shots.  He'll need to again be extraordinary in net.

The Oilers are saying
"The guys have been great, from the top of the organization through the coaching staff through every player...They (Oilers) really have a class-act organization"

That's winger Matt Hendricks on the Edmonton Oilers.

Hendricks scored a shorthanded goal in Monday's 3-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres. sure....Hendricks...said that about the Oilers?  Give him a couple of years or so.  He's only got the next three here after this one.

The Opponent is saying

"That's where I want to be...On the ice, playing for the Rangers"
That's Rangers captain Ryan Callahan.  With Callahan set to become an unrestricted free agent at the beginning of July, his name is being tossed around a lot as a potential trade target.

Callahan has 24 (11-13-24) in 50 GP.  The line for a 40 point, six million dollar player starts to the left.

Have some of this
  • Oilers have won four of their last fiver, but are behind Calgary.  The Flames have also played two fewer games.  I'm not beyond siphoning gas out of their airplane.
  • Last game versus Buffalo, I asked whether you thought Linus Omark or Nail Yakupov would get more ice time.  If you took Omark, you won by about two full minutes.
  • Looks like 4-93-64 is going to be a thing tonight.  Mark Arcobello still suspiciously absent from the bottom six.
  • Cam Talbot is going to get the start for the Rangers tonight. Talbot has played in just sixteen games behind Henrik Lundqvist, but he's got a nice fat SV% (.935) in relief.

The Edmonton Oilers

Taylor HallRyan Nugent-Hopkins - Nail Yakupov

David Perron - Sam Gagner - Jordan Eberle

Matt Hendricks - Boyd Gordon - Ales Hemsky

Luke GazdicRyan Smyth - Ryan Jones

Andrew Ference - Mark Fraser

Jeff Petry - Martin Marincin

Nick Schultz - Justin Schultz

Ben Scrivens


The New York Rangers

Chris Kreider - Derek Stepan - Rick Nash

Carl Hagelin - Brad Richards - Ryan Callahan

Benoit Poulliot - Derick Brassard - Mats Zuccarello

Brian Boyle - Dominic Moore - Daniel Carcillo

Ryan McDonagh - Dan Girardi

Marc Staal - Anton Stralman

John Moore - Kevin Klein

Cam Talbot