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Preview: Game 43 Oilers vs. Panthers

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Red hot Panthers bring an eleven game win streak to Rexall

Ageless wonder:  All-star Jaromir Jagr has 30 points (14-16-30) in 38 games for the Panthers
Ageless wonder: All-star Jaromir Jagr has 30 points (14-16-30) in 38 games for the Panthers
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Edmonton
25-12-4, 42 points, 1.317 p/g Ranks 17-22-3, 37 points, .881 p/g
Atlantic Division - 1st Pacific Division - 7th
4th P/G 28th
17th ST 22nd
28th S/G 18th
1st Goal 27th
7:30 PM MDT
TV - Sportsnet One
Radio - 630 CHED
Rexall Place
The opposing view: Litter Box Cats

A Series Of Unfortunate Events

The Oilers had a few things going for them on Friday night.  Justin Schultz scored a goal, and the power play goal got one up when Benoit Pouliot scored one with the man advantage early on in the second period.  The Oilers actually entered the third period with a 2-0 lead, but the Lightning would receive credit for three goals in the third period to spring a bear trap upon a desperate Oiler club.  Both Taylor Hall and Darnell Nurse would have Tampa shots deflect off their sticks into their own nets as the Oilers would end up losing this game by a score of 3-2.

This was a game that the Oilers really should have won, but two really unfortunate own goals ended up costing Edmonton two points from a Lightning club who really got lucky in Edmonton.

The Panthers bring an eleven game win streak to Rexall Place for tonight's match up.  Let's go to the tape.

The Oilers are saying

"We had our own littler streak there and teams got up for you to try and knock you off the pedestal...That will be a challenge for us."

Source

That's Oilers coach Todd McLellan on Florida's win streak.  The Panthers are winners in eleven straight.  The Oilers had a six game win streak early in December.

The opponents are saying

"I think we've been playing pretty good since Thanksgiving...but we're playing good hockey and we've been doing it for longer than these (eleven) games."  Source
That's Panthers defenceman Brian Campbell on his team's unlikely streak.   The Panthers haven't lost since December 12th against the Boston Bruins.

Have some of this
  • INJURY RECAP: McDavid:  after the all star break.  Klefbom:  after the all star break.  Yakupov:  maybe Tuesday.
  • Jaromir Jagr leads the Panthers in scoring with 30 points (14-16-30) in 38 games.  The 43 years young forward joked about how he didn't want to play 3-on-3 in the All-Star game fell on the deaf ears of the fans who helped vote him in.  Dude's got no internal clock.
  • Cam Talbot (7-12-1, .909 SV% / 2.78 GAA / 1 SO) is likely for the Oilers, while  Al Montoya (6-1-1, 938 SV% / 1.69 GAA) will go for the Panthers.  Roberto Luongo is scheduled for Monday against Vancouver.
  • Connor McDavid (clavicle), Andrew Ference (undisclosed),  Nail Yakupov (ankle), and Oscar Klefbom (hand), are out for the Oilers.  For the Panthers, Dave Bolland (lower body) and Steven Kampfer (foot) will be held out of today's game.