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Game Thread: Oilers vs Ducks - California Love

Game two of the Oilers four game road trips lands them on the west coast.

Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

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 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
Anders Nilsson
Cam Talbot