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Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

The Oilers haven't played a game in months. And haven't played a game that actually meant anything in a whole lot longer (possibly multiple seasons ago). Tonight that changes. Tonight the Oilers back in action in St. Louis against the Blues. Are the Oilers a playoff team this season? Who knows, we all have our own opinions on that and nobody will be proven right or wrong tonight. Tonight isn't about that, tonight is just about watching hockey for the first time in a very long time.

Welcome back hockey, I've missed you.

How To Watch

Puck drop: 6:00PM MST
TV: Sportsnet 360
Radio: 630 CHED

What To Watch For

First and foremost, Connor McDavid. After that I'd suggest keeping an eye on the Oilers power play. The San Jose Sharks were often one of the NHL's best teams with the man advantage during Todd McLellan's tenure as their head coach. At the same time the Oielrs have had some firepower on thier power play but have never been able to translate that into much in terms of offence. There is a lot that I'm looking forward to with McLellan on the Oilers bench, and the power play is right at the top of the list.

The Opposing View

From St. Louis Game Time:

Finally. After an off season of slight shakeups, rookie upstarts, and elderly men being signed, it's time for opening night. The Blues have had a lot to stew on, a lot to think about, a lot to do. What will they accomplish? Will Robby Fabbri hang around longer than nine games? How big of an impact will Colton Parayko make? Who will start opening night?

Projected Line Combinations

From Bob Stauffer

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