As many of you probably know already, it was announced today that Taylor Hall will miss up to six weeks with his ankle injury. Consequently, the Oilers have placed both and Benoit Pouliot on Injured Reserve and have recalled forward Ryan Hamilton to help hold (or not hold) the fort.
The good news is that Edmonton and New Jersey played a decently entertaining game last night, and if the Oilers have anything left in the tank we might get another show at Nassau.
How to Tune In
Puck drops at 5:00 PM MT on Sportsnet West.
What to Watch for From the Oilers
Nail Yakupov finally potted one on the power play in last night's game against the Devils. Look for him to have a little more confidence tonight against the Isles. If the kid can go on a bit of a tear to end the season, I think we would all be relieved. Jordan Eberle looked sharp in New Jersey as well, assisting on both the Oilers goals. The entire game actually turned out to be semi-watchable. The most we can hope for is a similar level of excitement in tonight's contest.
What to Watch for From the Islanders
From the swashbucklers over at Lighthouse Hockey:
The Isles will bring the same lineup as in their 3-2 win in Buffalo (speaking of bad teams that have taken points from the Isles this season), with Cal Clutterbuck and Michael Grabner remaining hurt but "not serious," and Calvin de Haan continuing to mend a cut to his face after a skate hit that and (thankfully) his visor. Jaroslav Halak is in goal again.
Woodguy is right, Klefbom has looked downright dreamy on the Oilers blueline lately. One might be inclined to think he's playing his way into a job in 2015-2016, but let's not forget recent call-up and early season snub Martin Marincin.