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Game Thread: Senators vs Oilers - Hockey Day Matinee

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Something is going on today in Canada, but I can't recall just what that is...hm. I'll circle back if I think of it. Today, while Canada celebrates it's favorite pastime and salutes wonderful small towns and feisty teams throughout the country, the NHL foists punishment upon the country by way of an Oilers - Senators matinee. These are two teams in need of an overhaul and soon.

How To Tune In

CBC at 12:00 Expect a significant amount of vignettes and reports from odd places.

What To Watch With The Oilers

Benoit Pouliot might be back in the lineup, which will go a long way in saving the slumping left side. Anton Lander has been on a roll lately which, of course, is prompting discussion about trading Boyd Gordon. Oscar Klefbom is playing like Martin Marincin did last year before he was Dallased. Or Craiged.

What To Watch With The Sens

Ottawa is bad everywhere except in goal, but there's especially bad on special teams, ranking in the bottom third of the league on the power play and penalty kill. The Oilers must take advantage of power play opportunities when they get them.

Projected Lineups

Edmonton Oilers

Teddy Purcell - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Jordan Eberle
Benoit Pouliot - Derek Roy - Nail Yakupov
Iiro Pakarinen - Anton Lander - Luke Gazdic
Matt Hendricks - Boyd Gordon - Rob Klinkhammer

Andrew Ference - Jeff Petry
Oscar Klefbom - Justin Schultz
Martin Marincin - Mark Fayne

Ben Scrivens

Ottawa Senators

Milan Michalek - Kyle Turris - Mark Stone
Mike Hoffman - Mika Zibanejad - Bobby Ryan
Zack Smith - David Legwand - Chris Neil
Clarke MacArthur - Curtis Lazar - Alex Chiasson

Mark Methot - Erik Karlsson
Jared Cowen - Cory Ceci
Mark Borowiecki - Eric Gryba

Craig Anderson

Final Thought

Darnell Nurse has the Soo Greyhounds in first place in the West Division in the OHL. It could be the only time he's in first place in his 20s.