|3-0-1, 7 points, 1.75 p/g||Ranks||3-1-0, 6 points, 1.5 p/g|
|Central Division - 1st||Pacific Division - 2nd|
Two periods into Tuesday night, the Oilers had a 3-0 lead over a Hurricanes team looking for their first win of the season. The Oilers entered the third period with goals from Anton Slepyshev, Jordan Eberle and Tyler Pitlick. Carolina squeezed two early third period goals in less than a minute from forward Lee Stempniak, and we thought we knew where this one was going.
But, the Oilers (and Cam Talbot) held on. After the two quick goals from Stempniak, Cam Talbot turned aside everything in front of him, which is not only a relief for you and I, but for Talbot. Getting to wash a game that saw you get pulled after allowing four goals only to be replaced after Gustavsson suffered an upper body injury is probably a good feeling. Speaking of the feels, Congrats to Kelly and Cam Talbot on welcoming their twins into the world early Wednesday.
Expect Talbot to man the pipes again tonight, as the Oilers welcome Nail Yakupov and the rest of the St. Louis Blues to Rogers Place.
Let's go to the tape.
The Oilers are saying
"He's a very smart player, and though it took him a little while to get going, he had a terrific year this past year...He moves the puck, he defends well, he can log a lot of minutes - he can play 25, 27, 28 minutes - he can match up against all the top forwards, he can move the puck, he has more skill to show also."Source
That's Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli on getting the most out of his new defender Adam Larsson.
Larsson has performed admirably well on the top line in four games for the Oilers so far. Only 78 more to go until the playoffs.
The opponents are saying
"I feel great...I'm really excited to be back because I was here for a long time and I'm looking forward to playing a game against my old team in this building. I didn't expect to come to (the Blues), but it really turned out well for me because I enjoyed coming to this team and this organization. I haven't been (with St. Louis for a long time, but I already feel comfortable and the guys have been really, really good to me. I haven't felt any pressure or had any problems." Source