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Oilers @ Devils Game 54 Preview

After a tremendously awful game in Toronto, les Oilers stop off for a ripper in New Jersey

Cory Schnieder - Time To Make The Doughnuts
Cory Schnieder - Time To Make The Doughnuts
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14-30-9, 37 points,  .698 p/g Ranks 21-23-9, 51 points, .962 p/g
Western Conference - 14th Eastern Conference - 11th
29th P/G 23rd
25th ST 29th
28th ES 21st
29th Goal 16th
5 PM - SNW
Prudential Center
The opposing view:  In Lou We Trust

Luke Gazdic Scored A Goal, The Rest Of The Team Did Not

Every time you think you've seen the worst game of the season, something else happens.  Every time you think you've hit absolute rock bottom, someone is throwing a shovel at you.  The Oilers laid an absolute egg on Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday night, and the Leafs were coming off a game against the Devils the night previous. The only bright spot to the game was Luke Gazdic chipping in his first goal of the season with three seconds remaining to spoil James Reimer's bid at a shutout.

The Oilers visit the Devils tonight in just the second game of a six game road trip that just might see Buffalo overtake them in the standings in the quest to light another entry level contract on fire in October.  Let's dive right in.

The Oilers are saying

"It (Taylor Halls' ankle) wasn't responding like we wanted it to...He's going back to get an MRI just to make sure that we know what we're dealing with.  Then we'll go through the process after that."

That's Oilers interim head coach Todd Nelson on the progress of Taylor Hall's ankle injury.

Shut him down.  Seriously, turn the covers over and call it a season.  Hall gets blasted on his ankle with a puck during practice, he sits out a game, he plays the next game, then he re-injures his ankle.  Now he's getting an MRI.

I'm going to go back and watch the Sharks game and put a marker on 4 white.  You know, just so I have all my ducks in a row before I go all rage-y.

The Opponent is saying

"Six goals is unacceptable.  There are a few plays I have to bear down on and be better.  I felt good the whole game but...a few bad bounces and I have to be better.  Be bigger and stay with it more"
That's Devils goaltender Keith Kincaid on allowing six goals against the Canadiens on Saturday.

The Devils are allowing 2.64 goals per game, which puts them right in the middle of the NHL pack.  Cory Schneider is making the doughnuts with his .924 SV%.  The Devils allow a a lot of shots (23rd overall, almost 31 per game) and Schneider is doing his part to try to keep the ship afloat.

Have some of this
  • Taylor Hall is back in Edmonton for his MRI.  Benoit Pouliot is also out again tonight.  Other than the netminders, the lines remain the same as they were in Toronto.
  • Ben Scrivens (9-17-7, .894 SV% / 3.05 GAA) starts the first of a back-to-back for the Oilers.  Cory Schneider (19-19-5, .924 / 2.30 GAA) will get the nod for the Devils.
  • GIVE ME ADAM LARSSON - That's all.  I'll give you Andrew Ference.  And something else good. Would I re-draft him at number one in front of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in 2011?  That's a tough call. Would I trade a lot of things for Adam Larsson?  Yes.  I do not want Bryce Salvador.  Or your Zidlickys.  Speaking of which, is Oliver Ekman-Larsson still available in Arizona?  Asking for a friend.
  • Did anyone other than me get a real Cam Barker vibe here?