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Ducks @ Oilers Game 61 Preview

Oilers look to rebound after zero goal performance against Minnesota

Will the Oilers see Ilya Bryzgalov this evening?
Will the Oilers see Ilya Bryzgalov this evening?
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36-16-7, 79 points, 1.338 p/g Ranks 17-33-10, 44 points, .734 p/g
Western Conference - 3rd Western Conference - 14th
5th P/G 29th
15th ST 27th
19th ES 28th
20th Goal 29th
5 PM MST - SN1
Rexall Place
The opposing view: Anaheim Calling


The Oilers failed to tally a goal and Devan Dubnyk earned his fifth victory against Edmonton this season as the Minnesota Wild skated away with a 4-0 victory last night at Rexall Place.  Mikko Koivu had a pair of assists, while Justin Fontaine got the Wild on the board halfway through the first.  Devan Dubnyk needed to stop just fifteen Oiler shots.  I wonder if Dubnyk ever misses playing in Edmonton.  After a thorough review (read: about eight-tenths of a second), he's probably quite happy to be in Minnesota.  Watch that dude earn a multi-year deal after this year, even more so if the Wild end up making the playoffs.  Minnesota is 8-1-1 in their last ten, and just one point out of the last wild card spot with games in hand.

The Oilers are saying

"They made us work for everything that we got and we didn't get much.  I thought that we just didn't have any jump tonight.  It was a tough game or us, moving the puck.  We didn't execute very well with that and I thought our structure was off.  If you put all those things together, that's what happens."

That's interim coach Todd Nelson on his team's lack of success during last night's game.

Eh, the Oilers aren't very good.  Without four of their players due to injury, they're even less good.  When you hang fifteen shots on a goalie who's been stopping everything for the last fifteen games, that's even less good.  When you score zero goals, that's even less good.  What to take from last night's game?  At least it's over.  The Wild play Edmonton once more next month, so at least we've got that to look forward to.

The Opponent is saying

"I thought we still played good when we were down 2-0.  We had two bad turnovers and it cost us.  From that point on, it looked like they got angry.  They turned it up and played the way they're capable of playing.  We got a couple of breaks and ended up with six of them"
That's Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau on his team's performance after going down 2-0 in Calgary last night.  The Ducks rebounded for six goals, including a team record five in the third period.

Some guy named Andrew Cogliano had a goal and an assist last night for Anaheim while five other Ducks each had a goal.  Cogliano's goal was interesting, as the goal went off his body as he was charging towards the net.

Have some of this

  • BTO? Ben Scrivens(11-18-7, .895 SV% / 3.01 GAA) took the start for the Oilers last night.  Is tonight the night that Richard Bachman gets his first start of the season for Edmonton?  Bachman had a cup of coffee on the Oilers last season.  As long as Viktor Fasth's knee keeps him out, it's fair to suggest that Bachman will start every now and again.  Hope he's eaten his Wheaties.
  • Defenceman Jordan Oesterle will likely play in his first NHL game tonight, especially if Jeff Petry doesn't get magically healed in about six hours.  Keith Aulie will likely be in the pressbox if Oesterle gets his chance.
  • MIXED NUTS - I touched upon this yesterday for a minute, but I'd like to gauge the audience - how effective has Todd Nelson been since coming to the Oilers?  The Oilers have won ten games in twenty-nine contests since Nelson has assumed the reigns. (10-15-4, 34  win%)  That's not a lot.  On the other hand, it looks like Yakupov is a completely different player since Dallas Eakins (36-16-14, 32 win%) is no longer on the bench. The power play doesn't look lost in the woods, either.  That's also a plus.  But, at the end of the day, the wins still aren't coming much faster than they did when Dallas Eakins was coach.  How effective has Todd Nelson been since becoming interim head coach?  Do they make him permanent head coach at the end of the year?  Should they?