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Oilers improbably try for eighth victory in twelve games

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36-22-6, .1.218 p/g Ranks 22-34-8, .812 p/g
Western Conference: 6th Western Conference: 14th
8th P/G 29th
10th ST 26th
5th ES 28th
1st Goal 29th
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The opposing view: Jewels From The Crown


Game And Performance

Edmonton allowed two goals in the first period of Thursday's game versus the Islanders. A third period power play goal by Ryan Smyth helped turn the tide for the Oilers, as they scored one more before potting the winner in overtime. Smyth's power play goal gives him 126 with the extra man. Both Smyth and Oiler great Glenn Anderson have 126 career power play goals. Smyth has 17 more games to become the franchise's all time leader.

It's a wonderful story in yet another season relegated to the toilet.

The Oilers are saying

"Unless we turn him into a regular recall and you've only got four of those after the break and I believe we already burned one with Larsen...I might be mistaken on that."

That's Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins on whether or not the Oilers would keep Oscar Klefbom with the team for Sunday's game, or if they would send him back to OKC.

Surely Coach is kidding about the status of Philip Larsen's call-up. He's a funny guy.

Now that you mention it, this all sounds pretty familiar. Oh, right. Hopefully the front office has the number of call-ups written down on a matchbook.

The Opponent is saying

"I think that everyone is playing their position. Five (players) up, five (players) back. We have great goaltending, and everybody is trying to help out. We have a fast team. Our transition is very good."
That's Kings forward Marian Gaborik on three things the Kings are doing well.

Marian Gaborik has been an LA King for...five days if you count Wednesday. He's well aware that the Kings are allowing the fewest goals per game in the league, which is pretty good considering our coach doesn't know whether or not Philip Larsen's call-up was an emergency call-up or not.

Points Ales Hemsky Has Since Being Traded

  • 3 (0-3-3)

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  • The Oilers haven't been awful lately should be glad they have Ben Scrivens. Oilers are 7-2-2 over their past eleven games, the team has scored an average of 3.15 goals over that time. You can thank Ben Scrivens for having a .941 SV% since joining the club. He's in one more time today.
  • If the Oilers keep Oscar Klefbom up for this evening's game (they ought to, whether Petry is good to go or not), it would be the first game of his NHL career. It seems like years since Dustin Penner was traded to the LA Kings for the pick that became Oscar Klefbom and Colten Teubert (okay, it's actually been three years since that all went down. At least we got some awesome playoff runs with Colten Teubert booze.)
  • Mark Fraser will likely find his way back into the lineup again. You've been warned.
  • The Kings are on a six game winning streak. There's not a line that goes here that rhymes with anything.

Marian Gaborik - Anze Kopitar - Justin Williams

Tyler Toffoli - Mike Richards - Jeff Carter

Dwight King - Jarret Stoll - Dustin Brown

Kyle Clifford - Trevor Lewis - Jordan Nolan

Jake Muzzin - Drew Doughty

Robyn Regehr - Slava Voynov

Willie Mitchell - Alec Martinez

Jonathan Quick

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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

Andrew Ference - Justin Schultz

Martin Marincin - Jeff Petry

Philip Larsen - Mark Fraser

Ben Scrivens