|26-41-9, .802 p/g||Ranks||49-18-8, 1.414 p/g|
|Western Conference: 14th||Western Conference: 2nd|
Snatching Defeat From The Jaws Of Mediocrity
The Oilers played a pretty decent road game in San Jose last night, but it was all for naught. Leading 4-3 with ten minutes to play, the Oilers would go on to lose the game by a score of 5-4. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins would be credited with a pair of goals and an assist, Joradn Eberle had a goal and a pair of helpers, Taylor Hall finished with four points (1G-3A), but the Oilers would end up with the short end of the stick at the end of sixty minutes. The Oilers yielded zero shorthanded goals as well. Things are really looking up on this side of the street.
Tonight, the Oilers are in Anaheim, where Oilers goaltender Viktor Fasth is expected to get his first start since injuring his neck in practice. Onward.
The Oilers are saying
"We knew coming in we couldn't take penalties, but for whatever reason, a couple that we probably should't have taken and it comes back to bite us..."
That's Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins on how some ill-timed penalties might have thrown a wrench into what might have been an Oilers victory.
Last night's penalty sheet was a bit full. Mark Fraser took thirteen minutes in penalties (about a minute more than he was on the ice). David Perron ended up taking a late penalty as well, but the Sharks had already claimed the lead and they weren't letting it go.
The Opponent is saying
"I think it's great in the moment. It gives you confidence from now on you're never out of a game"
- Viktor Fasth is expected to get the start for the Oilers. Fasth has been out of action since suffering a neck sprain in practice after colliding with forward Anton Lander a little more than a week ago. Fasth has played in four games played since joining the Oilers. He's 2-0-1 with a .899 SV% with Edmonton so far.
- Goaltender Frederik Andersen will start between the pipes for the Ducks as the Ducks' confidence might be wavering from Jonas Hiller. Andersen's numbers are nice and crispy (18-5, .924SV%) so far this year.
- Tyler Pitlick (knee) was in yesterday's lineup, although he didn't log any ice time in yesterday's game.
I'd suggest there might be an available replacement, but the team is already playing Philip Larsen next to Will Acton on the fourth line, so, good luck with all that.UPDATE: THE OILERS HAVE RECALLED STEVE PINIZZOTTO ON AN EMERGENCY BASIS. We're cool now.
The Edmonton Oilers
Taylor Hall - Sam Gagner - David Perron
Anton Lander - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Jordan Eberle
Ryan Smyth - Boyd Gordon - Tyler Pitlick
Matt Hendricks - Will Acton - Steve Pinizzotto
Martin Marincin - Jeff Petry
Oscar Klefbom - Justin Schultz
Mark Fraser - Anton Belov
Jakob Silfverberg - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry
Patrick Maroon - Mathieu Perreault - Teemu Selanne
Andrew Cogliano - Saku Koivu - Daniel Winnik
Kyle Palmieri - Nick Bonino - Matt Beleskey
Hampus Lindholm - Luca Sbisa
Stephane Robidas - Francois Beauchemin
Bryan Allen - Sami Vatanen