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Game 70 Preview: Edmonton Oilers at Minnesota Wild

After snooze-fest versus Sharks, Oilers look to get back on track against Minnesota

Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports



26-36-7, 78 points, 1.2 p/g Ranks 31-26-10, 72 points,  .855 p/g
Pacific Division - 7th Central Division - 6th
29th P/G 17th
22nd ST 20th
16th S/G 20th
25th Goal 11th
6:00 PM MDT
TV - Sportsnet West
Radio - 630 CHED
Xcel Energy Center
The opposing view: Hockey Wilderness

Zero Goals Versus The Sharks

The Oilers yielded three goals against San Jose on Tuesday night, but scored zero in the all-important "goals scored" column.  James Reimer scored his second shutout since joining the Sharks two weeks ago, which is twice as many shutouts as he's had this season when he was with the Leafs.  The Oilers scored a mighty zero goals, but Darnell Nurse dummied a guy with one hundred seconds remaining in the third period.  While Nurse will be suspended for his actions, the Oilers are forced to play out the string.  Today, it's the Minnesota Wild.  Come dance with me.

The Oilers are saying

"We'll call them maintenence days, but they're banged up a bit."


That's Oilers head coach Todd McLellan on Andrej Sekera, Adam Pardy and Matt Hendricks taking a day off yesterday.

They're all likely gonna play.  On the other hand, Darnell Nurse will be sitting for at least a couple of games for dummying Roman Polak late in the third.  Jordan Oesterle has been called up, you know this is gonna be hot.

The opponents are saying

"We'll have to see after the morning skate..."   Source

That's Wild coach John Torchetti on whether or not Jason Pominville will be available for tonight's game.

Pominville could be held out with a lower body injury.

Have some of this
  • We have regular D?  After Andrej Sekera and the oft-injured Swede, can you show me them?
  • PIPES BEEN BLOWIN' UP - Cam Talbot is likely to start for the Oilers (16-23-4, .919 SV% / 2.52 GAA / 2 SO) while Darcy Kuemper (6-4-5, .922 SV% / 2.24 GAA / 2 SO) will fill in for Devan Dubnyk.
  • It's been over sixty whole minutes since Connor McDavid scored a point.  My God, it's been two games.  .Someone check on the kid.
  • Andrew Ference (hip), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (hand), Brandon Davidson (knee), Eric Gryba (knee), Benoit Pouliot (shoulder)  and Oscar Klefbom (leg), are out for the Oilers, The Sharks will be without defenceman Matt Tennyson (concussion) and forward Tommy Wingels (shoulder).
  • You know it's coming.

    • Gear up for our playoffs, Edmonton!  You know it's coming.