Tonight, the Oilers face off against a Ducks team that has gone 4-0-1 in their last five. Mark Fayne finds himself out of the doghouse er..press box, and back out on the ice for his second game in a row. His name has been in trade talks recently so hopefully he has a strong showing tonight. This Oilers group has begun to trend in the right direction, so hopefully we see it continue tonight.
How to Watch
Time: 8:00 PM MT
TV: Sportsnet One
Radio: 630 CHED
What to watch for
Mark Letestu finds himself on the second line tonight for the second game in a rowalongside Nail Yakupov and Benoit Pouliot. Despite the fact that Letestu has been buried in the defensive zone (-37.53 ZSO% relative to the team), he is 2nd worst on the roster with a 39% CF%. In the Blackhawks game, Letestu reduced Yakupov and Pouloit's possession numbers. Let's see how they respond tonight.
The opposing view
From Anaheim Calling:
With an off-day to stew about the overtime winner for Arizona, created by a blind drop pass, Ryan Getzlaf figures to come out particularly inspired tonight. The Ducks captain has been ruthless against Edmonton in recent seasons, scoring 4 goals (all of them game-winners) with 10 assists in the 14 meetings since the 2011-12 campaign.
Projected Line Combinations
|Taylor Hall||Ryan Nugent-Hopkins||Leon Draisaitl|
|Benoit Pouliot||Mark Letestu||Nail Yakupov|
|Teddy Purcell||Anton Lander||Jordan Eberle|
|Luke Gazdic||Andrew Miller||Iiro Pakarinen|
|Darnell Nurse||Andrej Sekera|
|Oscar Klefbom||Mark Fayne|
|Griffin Reinhart||Eric Gryba|