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Game Thread: Oilers @ Penguins - Losering

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The Oilers are in Steeltown to take on former Oiler David Perron and the rest of his star-studded cast.

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Here we are in the final fifteen games of the season, locked in a cutthroat fist fight with the Canes and Sabres for last place in the league, in a draft year that features a generational phenom and another player pretty close to that in Jack Eichel.

And hey, Ryan Adams and Whiskeytown wrote the perfect song for the lot of us:

How to Tune in

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

What to Watch for From the Oilers

The Oilers are choosing to hold Luke Gazdic out of tonight's game in favour of a struggling Ryan Hamilton. Gazdic has actually managed two goals in his previous twelve games, which is a far cry better than Hamilton's zero, but the Oilers be Oilering all the time.

What to Watch for From the Penguins

According to PensBurgh, we've got Penguins fans shaking in their boots:

By all accounts they're pretty bad, but still show some signs of life from time to time. Last week they took Chicago to a 1-1 game and into a shootout in Chicago, so if they can do that there, they can't be totally overlooked. Taylor Hall remains out, so the Oilers really only have 2 dangerous players in the lineup- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (19g +24a in 65 games) and Jordan Eberle (16g + 32a in 66 games).

Final Thought

MacTavish makes a bad acquisition, then throws the player under the bus, citing "fitness issues."