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Carolina Hurricanes @ Edmonton Oilers Game Preview

Oilers try to shake three game funk

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Ryan Strome gets a bump in the lineup for today’s game.
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Carolina Hurricanes (1-1-1) @

Edmonton Oilers (1-3-0)

Rogers Place - Edmonton, AB


TV: Sportsnet Oilers

Radio: 630 CHED

SB Nation Opponent: Canes Country


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

Laurent Brossoit

Cam Talbot


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

Scott Darling

Cam Ward


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

  • 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).