|23-35-8, .818 p/g||Ranks||44-14-7, 1.462 p/g|
|Western Conference: 14th||Western Conference: 1st|
I give the Oilers a fairly rough go at it sometimes, and I feel that this is every fan's duty to some point (especially if you've been paying any attention over the last decade). That said, I want the team to win every game they play (yes, even those that would take them out of a lottery pick this year). Tuesday night versus Minnesota, they predictably went down 3-0 in the first period, and then...scored the next three goals and emerged victorious in the shootout, of course. The Wild were winners in 23 of 27 games this season when leading after 2 periods, and the Oilers win something ghastly like three per cent of all their games in Minnesota*. Viktor Fasth got his first win in an Oilers swaeter, Oscar Klefbom played in his first game an an Oiler, and things were OK, even if for just one night. Come to think of it, they did something similar against the Islanders recently, although not as dramatic.
Tonight, the Oilers visit the tops of the Western Conference. No sweat, right?
The Oilers are saying
"I (gave up) three goals early in the game and it couldn't get worse than that...Just have to battle your way through and through and fight your way into the game"
The Opponent is saying
"This will be a good opportunity for this team to bounce back after a really nice stretch of five games"
- SHOTS - Look for the Oilers to go back to Ben Scrivens tonight. Scrivens (5-5-0, .938 with Edmonton) turned aside 46 of 50 shots in a loss to the Kings on Sunday night. Scrivens faces a touch over 37 shots per game, considerably more than Edmonton's average of 32.6 per night. Does this mean that Edmonton's defence is actually getting worse as the season progresses? It can always be worse. They're certainly allowing more shots since Scrivens has become a member fo the Oilers.
- WELCOME TO THE CLUB - Oscar Klefbom played 15 minutes, scored an assist, took two shots, blocked two shots, and he picked up a whopping seven seconds of power play time in his first NHL game.
- EASYSTATS, INC - Oilers are fighting an uphill battle in this one. Outscored 11-2 in two games this year against the Blues, they've been outshot 63-41 in those two games, both at Rexall Place. Games get easier on the road, right? I'm being told in my earpiece that this isn't necessarily so. Back to you, Jim.
- IS THE FOURTH LINE GETTING BETTER? Results are mixed.
The Edmonton Oilers
Nail Yakupov - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Jordan Eberle
Taylor Hall - Sam Gagner - David Perron
Matt Hendricks - Boyd Gordon - Jesse Joensuu
Luke Gazdic - Ryan Smyth - Ryan Jones
Mark Fraser - Justin Schultz
Martin Marincin - Jeff Petry
Oscar Klefbom - Andrew Ference
The St. Louis Blues
Alex Steen - David Backes - T.J. Oshie
Jaden Schwartz - Patrik Berglund - Vladimir Tarasenko
Brenden Morrow - Derek Roy - Steve Ott
Magnus Paajarvi - Maxim Lapierre - Ryan Reaves
Alex Pietrangelo - Jay Bouwmeester
Kevin Shattenkirk - Barret Jackman
Ian Cole - Roman Polak