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Red Hot Blue Jackets At Rogers Place To Face Oilers

Winners of their last six, the Jackets visit the Oilers

Brandon Davidson would be a welcome return on the Oilers' blue line.
Brandon Davidson would be a welcome return on the Oilers' blue line.
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17-5-4, 38 points, 1.461 p/g- Ranks 15-11-5, 35 points, 1.129 p/g
Central Division -  4th Pacific Division - 2nd
1st P/G 14th
9th ST 7th
8th S/G 5th
3rd Goal 8th
7:00 PM MDT
TV - Sportsnet West
Radio - 630 CHED
Rogers Place

The opposing view

Milan Lucic - Connor McDavid - Drake Caggiula
Patrick Maroon - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Jordan Eberle
Benoit Pouliot - Leon Draisaitl -  Tyler Pitlick
Anton Slepyshev - Mark Letestu - Zack Kassian


Oscar Klefbom - Adam Larsson
Andrej Sekera - Brandon Davidson
Kris Russell - Matthew Benning

Cam Talbot
Jonas Gustavsson

Jet Boy, Jet Girl

Edmonton's game winning goal was credited to Mark Letestu, but it was Winnipeg's Patrik Laine who unintentionally buried the game winner for Edmonton by plopping it behind Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck midway through the third.  It would be Letestu's second credited goal, as he had a power play goal off a pretty little feed from Connor McDavid earlier in the third.  Two goals from Letestu and another one from Oscar Klefbom early in the second period give the Oilers a 3-2 win over the Jets.  Edmonton goes 3-0-0 against the Jets this year.  Everybody's happy nowadays.

Brandon Davidson might be back in the lineup today, which would be big business for the Oilers.

The red-hot Columbus Blue Jackets are in town.  Let's go to the tape.

The Oilers are saying

That's Oilers defenceman Brandon Davidson on being shelved for the last eight weeks, and a little bit on his game once he returns.

The Oilers have lost Darnell Nurse to an ankle injury for twelve weeks.  Brandon Davidson's impending return couldn't come at a better time.  If he gets in the lineup tonight, I've got him on the second pairing with 4 and 83 on the third.  Eric Gryba is slated to return soon as well.  I didn't think I'd be happy to say that ever, but having Gryba as a depth option is better than digging to the eleventh or twelfth guy on your depth chart.

The opponents are saying

That's Blue Jackets' coach John Tortorella on his short-but-sweet practices.

Columbus is out to their best start in franchise history at 17-5-4.  Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky is taking names with a .932 overall SV%, and Sam Gagner leads the team in goals scored.   They're only fourth in the Central right now, but they've played just 26 games on the year.  They've won their last six.  Killin' it so far, you guys.

Have some of this

  • Mark Letestu's power play goal (the one he scored, not the one that Patrik Laine put in his own net) helps keep the power play churning at a nice little clip.  After some early season woes, the power play now sits at sixth overall at 22.4%. Check out Sunil's latest on Mark Letestu.  When he's on the power play, good things happen.
  • Connor McDavid picked up another assist in Sunday's game against the Jets.  He's got 39 points (12-27-39) in 31 games, which puts him on pace for only 103 on the year.  Tragic, really.
  • Columbus' Sam Gagner was named the NHL's third star of the week.  Not bad for a guy who's on Columbus' fourth line RW.  Gagner went 3-3-6 in three games in order to lock down third star.  Gagner is leading the Jackets in goals with 11.  His cap hit is 650K, which makes him a steal for Columbus.
  • Cam Talbot will likely start tonight for the Oilers (14-9-4, .916 SV% / 2.55 GAA / 3 SO) while Sergei Bobrovsky (16-5-2, .932 SV% / 1.98 GAA / 3 SO) will likely go for the Jackets tonight.
  • Iiro Pakarinen (knee), Mark Fayne (groin), Darnell Nurse (lower body), Eric Gryba (undisclosed) will be out for the Oilers. Forward Nick Foligno missed the last two games with a stomach flu, but could go tonight for the Blue Jackets.