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Game 56 Preview: Oilers vs. Maple Leafs

Oilers finish road trip at 1-3, will face off Maple Leafs squad who is sending in the tank

Goaltender Laurent Brossoit was called up from Bakersfield yesterday.
Goaltender Laurent Brossoit was called up from Bakersfield yesterday.
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19-24-9, 47 points, .904 p/g Ranks 21-29-5, 49 points, .891 p/g
Atlantic Division - 8th Pacific Division - 7th
29th P/G 30th
22nd ST 18th
6th S/G 22nd
24th Goal 27th
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The opposing view:  Pension Plan Puppets


The Oilers have been outscored by a score of 15-3 over their past three games, although their last effort against New Jersey was more a snoozefest than an eight goal shellacking like the one they took on Long Island in Brooklyn.  No, the Oilers were outscored only by a meagre count of 2-1, successfully putting everyone watching the game into a peaceful slumber by the time the eighth minute of play came to a close.

Things started off rather slumberly as three time Stanley Cup Champion Martin Brodeur's sweater number was raised to the rafters in a pregame ceremony that lasted for only an hour, but felt more like a week and six days.  The Oilers scored their lone goal eleven minutes into the first period.  Jordan Eberle scored his fifteenth of the year, Benoit Poulliot got the primary assist on the goal, while Connor McDavid picked up an A along the way.

Everyone was lulled into a peaceful slumber by the time Reid Boucher scored for New Jersey seven minutes into the third for the game winner.  You probably forgot this game even took place.  That's good, because there's another one today.  It's against the Leafs, and they've lost Dion Phaneuf to the Senators for sprockets and a pizza

The Oilers are saying

"Obviously, it was much improved over the past two games.  Very competitive group that  worked their ubtts off and gave themselves a chance to win.  But that part of the game is a given.  It should be a given on a nightly basis.  That's the problem we hae right now, I'm glad the group responded byt short end of another one-goal loss."


That's Oilers head coach Todd McLellan his team's recent performance against New Jersey.

Good:  allowing only two goals instead of eight or five

Bad:  scoring one goal instead of three or sixteen

Result:  TPIRHorn.wav

The opponents are saying

"I'm happy I'm here, a fresh start, this is what I wanted."   Source

That's new Leafs defender Jared Cowen on being moved from Ottawa.

Looks like Ottawa is going for it, or at least, they're shooting for the playoffs. Tuesday's nine player deal saw Dion Phaneuf move from Toronto to the nation's Capital along with a slew of prospects for Colin Greening, Milan Michalek and the aforementioned Cowen.

Have some of this

  • Good buddy Justin Schultz is back in the lineup with Darnell Nurse as his partner.  If only a veteran defenceman like Christian Ehrhoff was available to be picked up for nothing on the waiver wire over the past 24 hours...
  • Oscar Klefbom might be playing sometime during this homestand.  That's good, because the Oilers could use him yesterday.
  • Can we get Yakupov with McDavid again?  We were having so much fun with that early on in the year.
  • Cam Talbot (11-17-3, .912 SV% / 2.68 GAA / 1 SO) would have been my guess to get the start tonight, but the Oilers sent Anders Nilsson down to Bakersfield and called up Laurent Brossoit.  Should Brossoit go tonight, it'd be his first action of the season for the Oilers.  The Leafs are gunning with James Reimer (6-13-3, .900 SV% / 3.05 GAA / 2 SO.)  At least it's not Garret Sparks.
  • PACIFIC WATCH / SHOOTING FOR SIXTH:  The Oilers are twelve points out of third place in the Pacific.  If the games are somehow worth six points a piece and the rest of the league still stays at two points a piece, the Oilers still would have a time on their hands.
  • Andrew Ference (hip), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (hand)  and Oscar Klefbom (leg), are out for the Oilers.  The Leafs will be without Tyler Bozak (upper body), Milan Michalek (finger), Joffrey Lupul (middle body?), Shawn Matthias (neck), James Van Riemsdyk (foot), Stephane Robidas (knee) and Nathan Horton (back)