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Game Thread: Oilers at Vancouver - Looking To Start A Streak

Coming off a win in Calgary last night, the Oilers look to go two for two on this road trip and start their first winning streak of the season.

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That was a little more like it. The offence was firing for the first time this season as the Oilers lit up the Flames last night by a score of of 5-2 last night. But there is no time for the team to sit back, relax, and enjoy the win, as the Oilers are back in action tonight in Vancouver, wrapping up a short two-game road trip. The Canucks have started the season strong, getting seven points out of their first five games, and unlike the Oilers they didn't play or travel last night. Will the OIlers be able to overcome all of that to start their first winning streak of the season? If the offence plays like they did last night, I don't see why not.

How To Watch

Puck drop: 7:00PM MST
TV: Sportsnet
Radio: 630 CHED

What To Watch For

Last night the Oilers got a goal from all four of their first overall picks, McDavid added a second late in the game with the team on the power play. That was only the Oilers second power play goal of the season. Todd McLellan has shuffled the players around on bother the first and second power play units but has yet to find combinations that can find the back of the net on a regular basis. The power play was one of the best things about the Sharks during McLellan's tenure there, you ca only hope that sooner or later he'll be able to find the same success with the Oilers power play.

The Opposing View

From Nucks Misconduct:

Tomas Tatar Five shots in five games so far and no goals, but Tatar is showing signs of getting ready to break into the scoring column. The Wings need more depth scoring and he's going to be a big key to making that happen. Tatar sometimes falls into the habit of demanding one more stickhandle when he should be putting it on net. If he can simplify a bit while keeping his uptempo play going, he should find success soon.

Projected Line Combinations

Matt Hendricks is out with an undisclosed injury; Slepyshev is back in the lineup to replace him. Everything else stays the same with the skaters. And as expected Nilsson gets his second start of the season.

Taylor Hall Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Anton Slepyshev
Benoit Pouliot Connor McDavid Nail Yakupov
Lauri Korpikoski Anton Lander Teddy Purcell
Luke Gazdic Mark Letestu Rob Klinkhammer
Oscar Klefbom Justin Schultz
Andrej Sekera Mark Fayne
Griffin Reinhart Eric Gryba
Anders Nilsson
Cam Talbot