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Game 67 Preview: Edmonton Oilers @ Columbus Blue Jackets

Sure. NOW you start winning.

Patrick Maroon really likes this song.
Patrick Maroon really likes this song.
Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports



25-34-7, 57 points, .846 p/g Ranks 26-30-8, 60 points,  1.11 p/g
Pacific Division - 6th Metropolitan Division - 8th
29th P/G 25th
16th ST 19th
24th S/G 22nd
25th Goal 27th
5:00 PM MDT
TV - Sportsnet West
Radio - 630 CHED
Wells Fargo Center
The opposing view:  The Cannon

Sure.  NOW you start winning.

The Oilers are on a three game winning streak.  This is not a misprint.

Cam Talbot turned aside 35 shots en route to his second shutout of the season, and four different Oilers scored goals en route to a 4-0 victory in Philadelphia.  Patrick Maroon scored in his Oilers debut, and Nail Yakupov, Taylor Hall and Lauri Korpikoski scored a shorthanded goal (!) in the third.  The Oilers scored four goals.  The Flyers scored zero.  The Oilers are winners of three straight.   They have more points than the Flames, who lost to those same lowly Sabres last night.  The Flames have played two fewer games than the Oilers, but don't shoot down my harmony joy ride. It's weird in these parts.

Edmonton looks to make it four in a row tonight in Columbus as they take on the Blue Jackets.  Let's go to the tape.

The Oilers are saying

"When we're doing the right things like that, there's not too many games we're not going to come out on top.""


That's Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot on the team's performance in Thursday's 4-0 shutout victory over Philadelphia.

Second shutout for Cam Talbot this season.  I'd also like to point out how much fun it is when the team that averages 2.4 goals on the year can pop off to the tune of four goals.  More please.

The opponents are saying

"He never, never, ever looks at the puck...You can't defend him 1-on-1.  You have to do it as a team."   Source

That's Columbus defenceman Dalton Proust on Connor McDavid.

McDavid had another assist in Edmonton's 4-0 victory last night.  Give him the Calder already.  Show's over, you guys.

Have some of this
  • Patrick Maroon scores a goal.  Patrick Maroon is physical in front of the net.  You know what I like about Patrick Maroon after one game?  The dude isn't a busted life raft with the puck.  Can carry puck. Can shoot puck.  Can score goal.  Can mix it up.  THAT is the "toughness" that I'm all about.  Do you miss Darcy Hordichuk anymore?  No, you don't, because while Darcy Hordichuk was busy losing his skate blade, Patrick Maroon can clear the crease and score once in a while.  Next.
  • Laurent Brossoit (0-0-1, .970 SV% /  0.92 GAA) will start the second half of this back-to-back while Joonas Korpisalo (12-8-4, .919 SV% / 2.60 GAA will get the net for Columbus.
  • Hey, look at that!  Nail Yakupov scored his sixth goal of the season alongside Connor McDavid.  Son of a gun, you put those two together, and good things happened.  Second quality game in a row for that tandem.  Who would've thunk?
  • Andrew Ference (hip), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (hand), Eric Gryba (knee), Benoit Pouliot (shoulder)  and Oscar Klefbom (leg), are out for the Oilers, The Jackets are without defenceman Jack Johnson (upper body) and goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky (groin).