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Game Thread: Ducks @ Oilers

The Oilers look to bounce back one more time after tallying just 15 shots against the Wild.

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The Oilers won't be the only team playing the second game of a back-to-back tonight as the Ducks are coming off a 6-3 win in Calgary yesterday. Edmonton, on the other hand, got blasted 4-0 by Devan Dubnyk and company. It was a spectacularly lackluster showing from the home team.

The Ducks have just two wins in their last seven games, but sit comfortably atop the Pacific division with 79 points--ten ahead of the Vancouver Canucks.

How to Tune In

It's an early start tonight as the puck drops at 5:00 PM MT on Sportsnet One.

What to Watch for From the Oilers

While last night saw Nail Yakupov's season-best six game point streak get snapped, another Oilers commodity was playing lights out in Victoria, BC against the Royals. Leon Draisaitl had two assists on the night and scored a clutch game winning goal in the final minute to give Kelowna the win.

He has 13 points in his last four games and looks to be catching fire for the Rockets. They play the Royals again tonight and it might be a worthwhile game to keep an eye on as the Oilers (maybe) get pounded against Anaheim.

What to Watch for From the Ducks

From Anaheim Calling, it sounds like the Oilers are poised to play slump-buster for some of Anaheim's offensive stars.

It will be interesting to see if the Ducks' depth forwards continue to drive the offensive engine as well. Cogliano and Jakob Silfverberg were excellent against Calgary, and the Ducks are always more effective when they are able to get offensive contributions from people not named Corey and Ryan.

Final Thought