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Oilers @ Penguins Game 68 Preview

18 points in 28 games with Pittsburgh
18 points in 28 games with Pittsburgh
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18-38-11, 47 points, .702 p/g Ranks 38-18-10, 86 points, 1.304 p/g
Western Conference - 14th Eastern Conference - 5th
29th P/G 9th
27th ST 10th
28th ES 6th
27th Goal 4th
5:00 PM  MDT - SNW
Consol Energey Center
The opposing view: Pensburgh

A Different Road To A Similar Result

Edmonton once again got out to an early lead, this time against Detroit.  Rob Klinkhammer scored the game's lone goal with just two minutes having elapsed in the first period.  Edmonton doubled up Detroit on the shot clock after one period (14-7), but it wouldn't be an Oiler game without some sort of collapse later on.  Oilers didn't disappoint in this department, yielding three goals (plus two empty netters) in the next forty minutes of play.  A shame, as the Oilers lobbed a total of 38 shots on a difficult Red Wings squad.  Nail Yakupov scored on the power play, his tenth of the season; a tiny silver lining to another forgettable event.

Tonight, Edmonton faces The Team That We Traded David Perron To.  Let's see who's talking.

The Oilers are saying

"I've been snake bit here for a long time, so it's nice to get that monkey off my back"

That's Oilers forward Rob Klinkhammer on getting a goal after a dry spell.

Klinkhammer's goal erases a 33 game dry spell dating back to December 12th, where he scored a goal against Calgary while still a member of Pittsburgh.  Klinkhammer spent a mere ten games with the Penguins before being shipped off to Edmonton with a first round pick for David Perron.

The Opponent is saying

"Every team in the league is right there.  The difference is not that big with any team in the league.  Coming back from a 4-game road trip in the west we can't get caught sleeping"
That's Penguins forward David Perron on being ready for the Oilers tonight.

Since being traded to the Penguins, Perron is 10-8-18 in 28 games.  18 points would put him eighth on the Oilers in total scoring today.  18 in 28 averages out to .65 points per game, which isn't far off from his career average of .6 points per game.  Trade me to Pittsburgh.

Have some of this
  • Thirteen million dollars, six years.  I'm only half kidding, but Batty raises a good point.  I can't imagine what offer the same person who offered David Clarkson more money than Toronto would lob towards Boychuk.
  • ONCE AGAIN BEN - Ben Scrivens (12-22-8, .898 SV% / 2.92) will start tonight for the Oilers, while Marc-Andre Fleury (30-14-7, .926 SV% / 2.14) will get the start for Pittsburgh.  Not too bad for a guy who's career SV% average is a .912%.
  • Nikita Nikitin will be a scratch again.  According to Jack Michaels, he might be ready for Columbus. Lucky us.  Luke Gazdic is slated to be in the lineup, which is good news for people who like Luke Gazdic.  He ought not to be on the top line like he was in practice the other day.