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Game Thread: Oilers @ Leafs - Winless in Eleven

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The Oilers are in the Big Smoke to take a shot at the struggling leafs.

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Twice this season, Oilers fans have had to look at the above accolade—Winless in Eleven—and apply it to their team. This time around, it's the opponent who is struggling mightily, as the Leafs have set a new franchise record for consecutive losses with eleven in a row.

How to Tune In

The puck drops on CBC's (Rogers') Hockey Night In Canada at 5:00 PM MT.

What to Watch for From the Oilers

The Oilers will likely once again be without two of their best wingers in Taylor Hall and Benoit Pouliot, which is once again great news for tank enthusiasts. The Maple Leafs are free falling down the standings right now, and a a win for the Oilers tonight would put Toronto that much closer to the bottom.

Martin Marincin draws in for Keith Aulie, so Oilers fans will get another look at last season's standout performer on the blueline. Somewhat surprisingly, Victor Fasth gets the call against Ben Scrivens' former team.

What to Watch for From the Leafs

There's not a lot to be enthusiastic about in Leaf Land these days—a feeling we're all too familiar with here—but our brothers and sisters in pain over at Pension Plan Puppets did find it in themselves to cover this recent blockbuster deal.

Okay, so it's not that exciting. The Maple Leafs basically gave away Carter Ashton and David Broll to the Tampa Bay Lightning to clear two contracts off the limit of 50, dropping them to 48. Are they prepping for something bigger at the deadline, or getting ready for free agency, or just giving Ashton and Broll a chance to try out with another team instead of just dropping them in July.

Final Thought

Oilers and Leafs fans tonight: