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Oilers @ Hurricanes Game 66 Preview

Sunday Matinee in Raleigh

Richard Bachman gets his first start of the season
Richard Bachman gets his first start of the season
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18-36-11, 47 points, .724 p/g Ranks 16-32-10, 42 points, .874 p/g
Western Conference - 14th Eastern Conference - 15th
29th P/G 27th
27th ST 13th
28th ES 27th
9th Goal 29th
PNC Arena
The opposing view: Canes Country

Putting Chicago On Blast

Edmonton played one of their best games of the year against Chicago on Friday night, but ultimately fell short in the end.  A lot went right for Edmonton on Friday.  They carried the lead until seven minutes into the third, they put up forty-seven shots against Chicago (!), and Ben Scrivens played very, very well.  Brent Seabrook scored his eighth goal of the season with seven minutes remaining in the third period, and Edmonton was unable to put any goals behind Corey Crawford in the shootout.  It was a very good game for the Oilers, but Chicago held on just enough in the end.

The Hurricanes are the last team that Edmonton faced in a playoff game.  Edmonton meets Carolina this afternoon in Raleigh as the road trip continues.

The Oilers are saying

"I think last night we found our identity for the first two periods.  We controlled the pace of the game, we forced them to chip the puck.  They weren't making all the plays they normally do.  The Carolina team has a lot of skilled guys too, they definitely can make plays and possess the puck.  We're going to have to get on them and try to keep the puck out of their hands."

That's Oilers defenceman Mark Fayne on Edmonton's success against Chicago, and what the club will have to do in order to experience success agianst Carolina.

If the Oilers hang 47 shots on Carolina, they'll win this game.  Edmonton has had some success against Chiacgo in recent history, and their effort against Chicago was refreshing even in a loss.

The Opponent is saying

"You've got to play hungry hockey and be more assertive and aggressive than that.  You've got to be mentally tough.  You've got to be an everyday-er.  Your veterans have to lead the way and show the way for the young guys, and everyone falls in step.  We've got to get back on track.  Hopefully today it started, and hopefully the results will show tomorrow."
That's Hurricanes coach Mike Peters on his team's 3-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild.

55 points puts Carolina at 27th overall, six points ahead of Arizona and eight ahead of Edmonton.  Barring a hot streak by the Oilers (please, hold your laughter), it seems a pretty fair guess that Carolina finishes the season anywhere between 25th and 27th overall.  Toronto is sinking like a stone (58 points) while Columbus' disappointing season trudges on (57 points)

Have some of this
  • A CONTRACT FOR DEREK ROY - I'd bet you a dollar that the Oilers will offer Derek Roy a one or two year deal at the season's conclusion.  Derek Roy and Nail Yakupov have worked well since being paired up.  Yakupov has nine points (3-6-9) in his last eleven games, while Derek Roy has fourteen points (6-8-14) in 29 games since becoming an Oiler.  Roy should be an inexpensive player to lock up, and the Oilers should be interested in doing so.
  • Edmonton's lineup will remain the same as against Chicago.  Derek Roy took a maintenance day on Saturday, but is expected to go today.
  • TASTEFUL BTO JOKE - Richard Bachman (0-0-0, .852 / 6.15) is expected to get the start for Edmonton today. It will be his first start for the Oilers this season.  Cam Ward (17-20-4, .911 / 2.43) will get the nod for Carolina this afternoon.  Look for Scrivens to get back in against Detroit tomorrow.