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Preview: Game 58 Oilers vs. Ducks

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After a disappointing OTL to the Jets, Anaheim stops by RX1

Coach McLellan suggested that Cam Talbot was to get the lion's share of the net duties from here on out.
Coach McLellan suggested that Cam Talbot was to get the lion's share of the net duties from here on out.
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28-19-8, 64 points, 1.164 p/g Ranks 22-29-6, 50 points, .877 p/g
Pacific Division - 2nd Pacific Division - 7th
13th P/G 30th
12th ST 16th
8th S/G 18th
7th Goal 26th
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The opposing view:  Anaheim Calling

Brossoit Shines, Oilers Without Lustre In 2-1 OTL to Jets

Laurent Brossoit stopped 32 of 33 shots in regulation and overtime, but shootout goals by Blake Wheeler and Andrew Ladd helped Winnipeg leave Edmonton with two points.  Blake Wheeler had a goal in the second period as well, while the Oilers got a shorthanded offering from Matt Hendricks midway through the third.  Edmonton's offence saw just 22 shots, and had it not been for Matt Hendricks and Brossoit, the game would have ended with zero goals for the good guys.

Edmonton takes on a Ducks club that's had a resurgence since the season began.  Let's go to the tape.

The Oilers are saying

"Talbot is going to run some games now here for a while, so we've got to make sure that he is up and playing...I know that (Anders) Nilsson has been playing some games down (with Bakersfield) and has been playing well, so we have to make a goaltending change here in a little bit."

Source

That's Oilers head coach Todd McLellan on his goaltenders.

What do you suppose the reason was for bringing Laurent Brossoit up?  See what he's got?  Get Nilsson some extra work in the AHL?  Whichever reason, it sounds like Brossoit is headed back to Bakersfield in the not too distant future.

The opponents are saying

"It's great to score goals and all, but we're going to win by playing good defence..."   Source

That's Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau on his team's performance against Calgary yesterday.

Ducks finished with a 6-4 victory on Family Day in Calgary.  Ducks will take the win, but Boudreau seems a little concerned about allowing four goals to the lowly Flames.

Have some of this

  • I am the passenger.  And I ride, and I ride.
  • Is Yakupov still in the toilet?  Asking for a friend.  #FreeYak
  • Cam Talbot was relieved by Laurent Brossoit last game.  Brossoit looked very good, and Talbot was recovering from what he's calling a "24 hour bug".  Talbot (12-17-3, .914 SV%, 2.66 GAA / 1 SO) is likely to go for the Oilers, while the Ducks might use Frederik Andersen (13-8-6, .918 SV% / 2.37 GAA) in both halves of Anaheim's back-to-back if John Gibson remains day-to-day.
  • The Oilers could really use Oscar Klefbom any day now.  Some talk as to whether or not he'd be able to dress this homestand.  I'd settle to see him skate.
  • McDavid was held without a point last game.  Try to calm down, you guys.  He's still got 24 (9-15-24) in 20 games.  Everything's gonna work out fine.
  • PACIFIC WATCH / SHOOTING FOR SIXTH:  The Oilers took a point in Saturday's 2-1 OTL to the Jets, but remain two touchdowns (and the extra points) away from Anaheim for third in the Pacific.  If you haven't made plans for the NHL Draft, I hear it's in Buffalo this year.
  • Andrew Ference (hip), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (hand)  and Oscar Klefbom (leg), are out for the Oilers, The Ducks will be without Shawn Horcoff (suspended), Chris Stewart (face), Clayton Stoner (hip).  Goaltender John Gibson is day-to-day (upper body)