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Preview: Oilers vs. Flyers Game 13

After heartbreaking loss versus Flames, Oilers get another team on the second game of a back-to-back with Flyers in town

Third star of the week:  Taylor Hall (2-5-7).
Third star of the week: Taylor Hall (2-5-7).
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An Old Habit

Calgary never trailed en route to a 5-4 victory over the Oilers on Saturday Night.  The Flames burst to an early lead on Brandon Bollig's first goal of the year, while MIchael Frolik made it 2-nil Calgary with just over eight minutes remaining in the first.  Calgary led 3-1 at the end of the first, they held a two goal margin at the end of the second. Teddy Purcell and Leon Draisaitl scored in the third period to tie the game at 4-all, but Michael Frolik capped a hatty with nine seconds remaining in regulation to give the Flames a 5-4 victory one day after they were blown out by the Habs at home.

The Oilers take on Philadelphia tonight at Rexall.  Philadelphia finds themselves in a similar situation as Calgary, as they lost in Vancouver tonight against the Canucks.  Can the Oilers take advantage of Philadelphia's second game in as many nights?

Let's go to the tape.

The Oilers are saying

"He went from being a player to a catalyst on the team...He energized a lot of individuals on the team...I feel good about playing him.  You name the situation, I feel good putting him out there...Physically, he's going to get better as he gets stronger."


That's Oilers coach Todd McLellan on Connor McDavid.  McDavid has been named the NHL's Rookie of the Month of October.

Connor McDavid's first month of NHL action could be called, uh...successful.  He didn't score in Saturday's 5-4 loss to Calgary, but his first month saw him net twelve points (5-7-12) in eleven games.  It's probably not fair to extrapolate that over a whole season and expect that continued production at age 18, but it's November and this team's won just four games out of twelve and we're not out of the playoffs quite yet, so 12 points in 11 games translates into 89 or 90 points over the course of an injury free 82 game seaosn.

That's not bad.  McDavid was held scoreless in only four games this month, and three of those games were in McDavid's first four games of his NHL career.  The kid's a maniac out there.

The opponents are saying

"We're not happy and these aren't easy times, but the group will stay together and keep working hard."  Source
That's Flyers coach Dave Hakstol after Philadelphia's 4-1 loss in Vancouver last night.

Philly hasn't had the best week.  They got beat soundly in Vancouver, and are 0-3-1 in their last four.  The Oilers have got to take advantage of Philadelphia's schedule, as they are no doubt going to be feeling the effects of playing last night in Vancouver whilst in Edmonton tonight.

Have some of this
  • Taylor Hall posted seven points (2-5-7) en route to the third star of the week.  That's very good, you'd think every Oilers fan would be happy about that.
  • Anders Nilsson (1-2-0, ..892 SV% / 3.92 GAA) will get the start for the Oilers tonight, while Michal Neuvirth (2-1-0, .939 SV% / 1.91 GAA) will likely go for the Flyers.  Steve Mason stopped 30 shots out of 33 in Philadelphia's loss to Vancouver.
  • SMALL SAMPLE SIZES - Leon Draisaitl has five points (3-2-5) in two games.  That's pretty good.  I understand he'll probably have to get moved once Jordan Eberle gets back into the lineup, but I'm OK with running the guy right where he is on the top line for another couple of games.  It's better than Andrew Miller.
  • Quick! Can you name the leading scorer on the Philadelphia Flyers?  Right you are, it's Mark Streit. Yes, that Mark Streit, the 37-year old Swiss native who was a former ninth round pick in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.  Streit's seven points (3-4-7) leads superstar Claude Giroux (4-2-6) by one point so far in this young season.