With a loss to the Blues, the Oilers' opening night didn't go exactly according to plan. On some level I'm sure we all knew that the Oilers wouldn't win 82 games this season, but that doesn't mean that we didn't want it to happen or that we weren't secretly hoping it'd happen. But that dream is over now, there will be no perfect season. And so a new quest starts tonight, the quest for an 81-1-0 record.
How To Watch
Puck drop: 5:00PM MST
TV: City TV
Radio: 630 CHED
What To Watch For
There were a lot of problems for the Oilers on opening night. Their play in the defensive zone wasn't anywhere close to good enough. The power play struggled. And the offence sputtered at times. To try and get things moving in the right direction tonight, Todd McLellan has shuffled the lines a little heading into tonight's game. Will these combinations find the chemistry that was missing in St. Louis or will we see more line shuffling during the game?
The Opposing View
Who to Watch? Calle Jarnkrok: If the line combinations from Friday hold, Jarnkrok is going to find himself alongside Mike Ribeiro and Filip Forsberg in a huge attempt to generate some offense for Nashville. That makes him tonight's X-Factor for the Predators. He'll want to make a good impression -- regardless of what line he's on -- and I think he states his case.
Projected Line Combinations
From Jack Michaels:
|Taylor Hall||Ryan Nugent-Hopkins||Teddy Purcell|
|Benoit Pouliot||Connor McDavid||Lauri Korpikoski|
|Nail Yakupov||Anton Lander||Anton Slepyshev|
|Matt Hendricks||Mark Letestu||Rob Klinkhammer|
|Andrej Sekera||Mark Fayne|
|Oscar Klefbom||Justin Schultz|
|Andrew Ference||Eric Gryba|