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Game Thread: Maple Leafs @ Oilers - Nuge Hits 250

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After losing every game of their most recent road trip, the Oilers head home to likely lose some more.

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The Toronto Maple Leafs are in town to try and lose a game to the Edmonton Oilers tonight. But not on our watch. The Oilers are 1-7-2 in their last ten while the Leafs are 3-6-1. They'll have to bottom out hard if they want to make up any ground on the bottom three teams with only 12 games left in the season. However, if tonight's game turns into a special teams battle, the Oilers may just have the unfortunate edge.

From the Oilers' official team site:

The Oilers have the best power play in the league, post All Star break at 28.1%. In each of their last four games, the Oilers have scored on the man advantage. During that span, they are 8 of 17 for an impressive 47.1%.

Meanwhile, the leafs failed to cash in on seven man advantage attempts in their previous game against the Vancouver Canucks.

How to Tune in

The game gets going at 7:30 PM MT on Sportsnet West.

What to Watch for From the Oilers

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will play his 250th NHL game tonight for Edmonton. In all of the bleak obscurity of the previous nine years, RNH has been one of the only pale blue lights floating like a spectre in Rexall Place. The guy makes me wax poetic. I thank the hockey gods every chance I get for gifting us with his sublime talent.

What to Watch for From the Maple Leafs

From our pals over at Pension Plan Puppets:

Because there's really nothing more to be written at this point. Just enjoy some GIFs!

That's right! They're feeling so defeated in Leafs' Nation that they don't even want to write about tonight's stink fest. It is a great collection of GIFs though.

Final Thought