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Oilers @ Jets Game 58 Preview

Oilers look to finish road trip at .500 after getting thumped in Ottawa

Oilers look to finish roadie at .500
Oilers look to finish roadie at .500
Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports



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16-32-9, 37 points,  .72 p/g Ranks 2+9-19-10, 68 points, 1.172 p/g
Western Conference - 14th Western Conference - 5th
29th P/G 13th
26th ST 15th
28th ES 10th
29th Goal 12th
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The opposing view: Arctic Ice Hockey

Fat, Drunk And Stupid Is No Way To Go Through Life, Son

Getting your asses handed to you on national TV?  That's so Oilers.  Edmonton got pulverized by a mediocre Senators team to the tune of 7-2.  Especially unfortunate for Oiler fans, the game was on at noon, which truncated the pregame boozing down to a couple of hours.  Milan Michalek had a three point day (2G-1A) while Senators forwards Mike Hoffman and Mark Stone each had two points each.  Ottawa scored two goals in the first minute of the second period, immediately sending the game to the loss column for the Oilers.  Derek Roy and Mark Fayne tallied for the Oilers, but it didn't matter after the first 21 minutes.  This was ugly game that saw Richard Bachman come in after Viktor Fasth yielded the third Ottawa goal.  Let us never speak of this again.

Today, the Oilers will try to shake their misstep in Ottawa and finish this six game road trip at .500.

Let's see who's saying what.

The Oilers are saying

"We had a spirited practice out there.  The guys competed hard.  I liked our approach today"

That's Oilers interim head coach Todd Nelson on Sunday's practice.

Same team.  Different coach.  A blowout loss to the Senators, who are a team that's going to miss the playoffs by a wide margin.  Same as it ever was.  Who would've thought?

The Opponent is saying

"Every point counts, so for us to battle back and get that extra point, it's huge"

Good for Drew Stafford.  Stafford had been vilified in Buffalo after getting his four year deal worth sixteen million dollars.  Stafford's thirty-one year goal campaign no doubt contributed to the deal.  Since the deal, Stafford had scored just fifty-two goals over three and one-half years in Buffalo, helping to lead to his departure in a deal that sent him and Tyler Myers to Winnipeg for Evander Kane and Zach Bogosian.  A pending UFA, the Sabres retained half of his salary in the deal.

Have some of this
  • THE JETS ARE CURRENTLY IN A PLAYOFF POSITION...but for how much longer?  They've won just three games in their last ten.  Minnesota is 8-0-2 in their last ten, and some guy named Devan Dubnyk is leading the charge.  Fancy all of that.  How hard can the Jets lean on their goaltending down the stretch?
  • OIL OUT - Rob Klinkhammer is out of the lineup tonight as he's expecting a new addition to his family.  Boyd Gordon and Matt Hendricks didn't skate yesterday. Ben Scrivens (hamstring) won't play, and Luke Gazdic is still pretty bad.
  • Viktor Fasth (6-15-2, .887 SV% / 3.40) gets the start for Edmonton.  Michael Hutchinson (16-7-3, .923 SV% / 2.24) goes for Winnipeg tonight.  Ondrej Pavelec's SV% has leveled off to a more reasonable (read:  expected) .910.  If Hutchinson slips, the Jets flail.
  • Quick, who's leading the Jets in scoring?  If you said Andrew Ladd and Bryan Little (both with 46 points), then...that's pretty good.