What you need to know
Spread: Carolina +1½ (-240) | Edmonton -1½ (+200)
Moneyline: Carolina +120 | Edmonton -140
Oilers All-Time Record vs Carolina/Hartford/New England (WHA): 69-58-17
Goals For/Against: 498/492
Oilers Record Last Season vs Carolina: 1-1-0
Goals For/Against: 2/4
Streak: Oilers won the last game
On Sunday night the Oilers played host to Sabres, a team that was missing a couple of it's best players. It was a game that the Oilers should have won, no doubt about it, and instead the Oilers played terribly and got blown out by a final score of 6-2. Stop me if you'd heard this story before. Tonight the Oilers look to bounce back as they play host to the Hurricanes. And they will bounce back because, despite all the similarities to season's past, Sunday night was not a sign of something bigger. Sunday night was just a blip. Sunday night was just a blip. Sunday night was just a blip. Maybe if I say it one more time I'll believe it.
After Sunday night’s lackluster performance Todd McLellan and his staff cancelled a scheduled day off, or maybe they just moved it, and now they’ve made a couple of changes to the lineup heading into tonight’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes.
Up front it’ll be Anton Slepyshev seeing his first action since opening night. He’ll be filling the spot on the right side of the Oilers’ third line where Jesse Puljäjarvi had been playing; Puljujärvi will get the night off. As will Eric Gryba who will sit out in favour of Mark Fayne who will be playing in his first game of the season tonight.
From the Oilers Twitter account these are the line combinations projected for tonight’s game:
Milan Lucic - Connor McDavid - Jordan Eberle
Benoit Pouliot - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Zack Kassian
Patrick Maroon - Leon Draisaitl - Anton Slepyshev
Tyler Pitlick - Mark Letestu - Anton Lander
Oscar Klefbom - Adam Larsson
Andrej Sekera - Kris Russell
Darnell Nurse - Mark Fayne