|47-18-7, 1.402 p/g||Ranks||25-38-9, .808 p/g|
|Western Conference: 2nd||Western Conference: 14th|
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."
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"
- 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.
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
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