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Game Thread: Oilers @ Ducks

Oilers can inch closer to first place in the Pacific with a victory in Anaheim tonight.

Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf
Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf
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The Oilers can find themselves in sole position of first place with two victories in two days.

They'll have to get through the Ducks first.

Tonight, the Oilers are in Anaheim to face off against Kesler, Getzlaf, Perry and company.  Can the Oilers escape the Honda Center with two points in tow?

How To Tune In

8 PM on Sportsnet West

What To Watch For From The Oilers

Connor McDavid has been held without a point in two matchups with Anaheim so far this year.  Clearly, this is a clerical mistake which will require strict auditing.  McDavid leads the NHL with 56 points (16-40-56), and will look to increase that number by at least a point or two tonight.

What To Watch For From The Ducks

From Anaheim Calling:

It seems like this has been a relatively injury-free year for the Ducks, especially in years past with the mumps saga and whatnot.  I'm all in favor for resting Gibson as long as he needs so he's 100% come playoff time.

Goaltender John Gibson was pulled from a game against Minnesota over the weekend with an upper body injury.  If Gibson is unable to go, Jonathan Bernier will go for the Ducks.

Final Thought

Catching Jonathan Bernier in net would be a fairly big coup for the Oilers should it happen. Either way, blow my socks off and put this club in first place by Friday.  What a feeling it'd be.