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McDavid back in the lineup; Versteeg will replace Yakupov as Oilers visit Vancouver

Drake Caggiula will play with Kris Versteeg and Patrick Maroon tonight in Vancouver.
Drake Caggiula will play with Kris Versteeg and Patrick Maroon tonight in Vancouver.
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The Oilers took care of the Flames in both split-squad games on Monday.  Anton Slepyshev and Jere Sallinen had goals for the Oilers in Calgary, while four separate Oilers scored at Rogers Place.  Two meaningless wins!  It's not even the beginning of April yet!

The Oilers will take on the Canucks tonight at Rogers Arena in Vancouver.  Let's get to the good stuff.

Oilers @ Canucks

8 PM MST

TV:  Sportsnet One

The opposition:  Canucks Misconduct

MILAN LUCIC - CONNOR MCDAVID - JORDAN EBERLE

PATRICK MAROON - DRAKE CAGGIULA - KRIS VERSTEEG

BENOIT POULIOT - JERE SALLINEN - ANTON SLEPYSHEV

TAYLOR BECK - JUJHAR KHAIRA - TYLER PITLICK

GRIFFIN REINHART - DILLON SIMPSON

DARNELL NURSE - BRENDAN DAVIDSON

JOEY LALEGGIA - DAVID MUSIL

JONAS GUSTAVSSON

  • TOP SIX VERSTEEG: I think Versteeg's going to be a full time Oiler very soon.  Versteeg scored a goal on Monday, had seventeen minutes of ice time and nearly six minutes (!) of PP time.
  • MINOR THREAT: Kris Versteeg is in for Nail Yakupov tonight, who is out with a "minor issue".  YMMV
  • There's David Musil!
  • Connor McDavid is going to be front and centre with Milan Lucic and Jordan Eberle.  If it clicks, I'd expect to see it a whole lot over the rest of this season.  Connor McDavid, you guys.
  • NO NUGE - No Nuge tonight, though he's scheduled to play in Winnipeg on Friday.   No Draisaitl or Sekera until after the WCOH,  but you knew that.
  • Goaltender Jonas Gustavsson played half a game and turned aside 10 of 10 shots in his Oilers debut in Calgary.  He's going to get the start tonight.  He frightens me.
  • HUNTER: Oilers are 2-0 with Hunter the Lynx as the official mascot.  I'm just sayin'.
  • Tonight's game is on Sportsnet One.  This is a good thing, because Monday night's streaming experience was somewhat, uh...lacking.
  • #GOILERS