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Oilers at Rangers: Preview, lineups, how to watch and discussion thread

The Oilers look to stop the losing before it becomes a streak.

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What you need to know

Oilers Record: 7-2-1
Last 10: 7-2-1
Rangers Record: 7-3-0
Last 10: 7-3-0

Oilers All-Time Record vs New York Rangers: 32-27-9-2
Goals For/Against: 242/245
Oilers Record Last Season vs New York Rangers: 1-1-0
Goals For/Against: 9/9
Streak: The Rangers won the last meeting between the two teams

Puck Drop: 5:00PM MST
Television: Sportsnet 360
The Opposing View: Blueshirt Banter | Twitter: @BlueshirtBanter

Tonight's Storyline

In recent years, on the rare occasions when the Oilers managed to string together a couple wins ( no really, it did happen a couple of times, I swear), the team would usually follow that winning streak with a losing streak of equal or greater length. One step forward, one or more steps back, is a tough way to make progress. And it's frustrating for the fans and likely the players as well.

This season the Oilers rattled off a five game winning streak, a streak that improved their record to 7-1-0, but have since dropped their last two games; at home versus the Senators and on the road in Toronto. And a few Oilers fans get a little nervous as a familiar pattern emerges. The good news is that both of those games were games that the Oilers could have won. The bad news is that the schedule isn't going to help them out over the next couple of weeks so if they want to keep these loses from become a real streak, they need to stop it right now.

Line Combinations

Forward Lines
Milan Lucic - Connor McDavid - Jordan Eberle
Benoit Pouliot - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Zack Kassian
Patrick Maroon - Leon Draisaitl - Jesse Puljujarvi
Tyler Pitlick - Mark Letestu - Anton Lander

Defence Pairs
Oscar Klefbom - Adam Larsson
Andrej Sekera - Kris Russell
Darnell Nurse - Eric Gryba

Cam Talbot
Jonas Gustavsson