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Ducks @ Oilers Game 74 Preview

Oilers face Ducks three times in remaining nine games

He looks happy.
He looks happy.
Derek Leung



47-18-7, 1.402 p/g Ranks 25-38-9, .808 p/g
Western Conference: 2nd Western Conference: 14th
3rd P/G 29th
9th ST 26th
2nd ES 29th
6th Goal 28th
7:30 PM MDT - CBC
Rexall Place
The opposing view: Anaheim Calling

Three In Nine

The Sharks took care of the Oilers on Tuesday by a score of 5-2 on the heels of Joe Pavelski's hat trick. Pavelski's three goals (and one assist) put him at 71 points on the year. Since Tuesday, he's added another assist. He added another assist last night in Winnipeg, putting him at 72 points in 75 games. Not too shabby.

The Oilers have nine games remaining on the year. Three of those nine games are against the Ducks. Hope you like Andrew Cogliano a whole bunch.

It's also quite possibly Teemu Selanne's last game at Rexall Place. More on that later.

The Oilers are saying

"We still have a lot of work to do around (the team's core players). We need to supplement this group with probably some veteran leadership, some guys who can make plays, and not so much a toughness aspect but guys who are going to win battles in this conference...During the summer Craig (MacT) and I have got to sit down and make the right decisions for our hockey club, to add and subtract what we need to move up in our conference."

Quote c/o Jonathan Willis of Oilers Nation

That's Oilers coach Dallas Eakins on what the Oilers need to do this offseason in order to be competitive.

I've always said I like Eakins' talk, I hate his walk. Great. Go get some veteran leadership. Go get some guys who can make plays on the bottom six. Find me a top two defencemen. They're hanging on vines like ripened fruit, right?

The time to win is now. Really, it was two years ago. It's not four years from now, even though we're only in "year four of the rebuild". Am I asking too much to be competitive?

The Opponent is saying

"We have to keep winning. San Jose has done a good job of staying ahead and winning games. It's our turn now to keep responding and moving forward"
That's Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano on keeping up with the Joneses. The Joneses, are the Sharks, who were unsuccessful in yesterday's bid to take down the Jets.

This is Cogliano's third year since being traded from the Oilers to the Ducks. He scored just 26 points in his first year after being traded, but he had 23 points in last year's lockout year, and he's already up to 36 this year. 40 points is well within his reach, and that ain't half bad for a 2.4M cap hit.

Have some of this
  • Tonight's game is likely Teemu Selanne's last visit to Rexall Place. As a member of the Winnipeg Jets, he burst onto the scene scoring 76 goals in his rookie year. He'll finish with over 1400 regular season games played, averaging over a point per game. Fortunately (or unfortunately) for the Oilers, they'll get two more chances to see him in Anaheim before the season is over.
  • Sam Gagner (ankle) didn't practice yesterday. He hasn't missed any game time, and will probably play tonight.
  • Tonight is Curtis Joseph mini-stick night. Quite the gamble handing mini-twigs out to people as they walk in, Oilers. (I can't imagine how long of a delay it would take to shovel 5000 or so of those after they've been hurled to the ice)
  • MORE SCRIVENS ABOUT BUILDINGS AND FOOD - With Viktor Fasth still recovering from a neck sprain (ouch), you'll see more Ben Scrivens (6-8-0, 922SV%) tonight.
  • Anton Belov in the lineup tonight for Mark Fraser. It's a good thing. Ain't it true, it's a monumental good thing.
The Anaheim Ducks

Teemu Selanne - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry

Patrick Maroon - Mathieu Perreault - Kyle Palmieri

Andrew Cogliano - Saku Koivu - Jakob Silfverberg

Rickard Rakell - Nick Bonino - Tim Jackman

Hampus Lindholm - Ben Lovejoy

Luca Sbisa - Stephane Robidas

Bryan Allen - Sami Vatanen

Jonas Hiller


The Edmonton Oilers

Taylor Hall - Sam Gagner - David Perron

Anton Lander - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Jordan Eberle

Matt Hendricks - Boyd Gordon - Tyler Pitlick

Luke Gazdic - Ryan Smyth - Ryan Jones

Martin Marincin - Jeff Petry

Oscar Klefbom - Andrew Ference

Anton Belov - Justin Schultz

Ben Scrivens