Carolina Hurricanes (1-1-1) @
Edmonton Oilers (1-3-0)
Rogers Place - Edmonton, AB
7 PM MDT
TV: Sportsnet Oilers
Radio: 630 CHED
EDMONTON OILERS PROJECTED LINES
Patrick Maroon - Connor McDavid - Kailer Yamamoto
Milan Lucic - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Ryan Strome
Jussi Jokinen - Mark Letestu - Zack Kassian
Jujhar Khaira - Brad Malone - Anton Slepyshev
Oscar Klefbom - Adam Larsson
Kris Russell - Matt Benning
Darnell Nurse - Eric Gryba
CAROLINA HURRICANES PROJECTED LINES
Sebastian Aho - Jordan Staal - Elias Lindholm
Teuvo Teravainen - Victor Rask - Justin Williams
Jeff Skinner - Derek Ryan - Janne Kuokkanen
Joakim Nordstrom - Marcus Kruger - Brock McGinn
Jacob Slavin - Justin Faulk
Noah Hanifin - Brett Pesce
Haydn Fleury - Klas Dahlbeck
BELOW THE FUNK
Oilers have been outscored 14-5 in their last three games, good for a big fat 0 points in the standings. The latest effort was a 6-1 drubbing at the hands of the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night in front of a national audience. Now without Leon Draisaitl for the foreseeable future, it doesn’t get easier for the Oilers. They’ll try to shake their losing streak as the Hurricanes pay them a visit tonight.
The Oilers are saying
“The first two and-a-half days we were talking about Leon he had a black eye and his vision wasn’t good enough to be on the ice (practice). The trainers weren’t telling me about a potential concussion but as time wore on, the eye got better, and he didn’t feel right.”
That’s Oilers head coach Todd McLellan on Leon Draisaitl. Draisaitl was originally thought to have suffered an eye injury in last week’s loss to the Winnipeg Jets, but it’s since been discovered that he’s suffering concussion like symptoms. The Oilers have called up Brad Malone, who will likely make his season debut on the fourth line tonight.
The Hurricanes are saying
“"We're not spending enough time in the offensive zone. We're not shooting the puck, getting to the net or staying at the net...We talked about it, and I expect it to be better moving forward. It needs to be better. If we're going to score, we've got to get pucks and bodies to the net.”
That’s Hurricanes head coach Bill Peters. The Hurricanes suffered a 2-1 loss to the Jets in Winnipeg on Saturday. They’ll look to rebound tonight against an Oiler club that’s posting just a .886 SV% while 5 on 5 so far.
Have some of this
Edm lines: 19-97-56;27-93-18;36-55-44;16-24-58— Jim Matheson (@NHLbyMatty) October 16, 2017
Yamamoto on 1st line; Strome no longer 3rd C, now 2nd RW. Benning with Russell on 2nd D
- Top line remains unchanged from the Ottawa game on Saturday, but your second line now contains Ryan Strome at the RW. Jokinen-Letestu-Kassian will be your third, and Khaira-Malone-Slepyshev is your mixer on the fourth line.
- Expect the D pairs to revert to what they looked like before Saturday. Matt Benning is likely to draw back into the lineup with Kris Russell, which has been more grief than good so far this young season.
- Kailer Yamamoto got his first career point on Saturday with an assist on Adam Larsson’s goal. Too bad it was in garbage time.
- SECONDARY SCORING: 19-97-29 make up 11 points (4-7-11) on the scoresheet this young season. The rest of the team? 4-6-10. Will a Ryan Strome promotion to the second line give scoring a bump?
- NET GAINS: Edmonton will go with Laurent Brossoit to start his first game of the season. Scott Darling (1-1-1, .893 SV% / 2.58 GAA) will make the start for the Hurricanes tonight.
- The Oilers will be missing defenceman Andrej Sekera (out til December/January) as he recovers from ACL surgery. Leon Draisaitl (eye/concussion) is out, while Drake Caggiula is day-to-day with an undisclosed ailment. The Hurricanes will be missing Trevor van Riemsdyk (concussion) and Lee Stempniak (back).