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Draisaitl, Caggiula back as forwards search for some goals

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Edmonton Oilers (2-5-0) @

Pittsburgh Penguins (5-3-1)

PPG Paints Arena

24 October 2017 - 5 PM MDT

TV: Sportsnet 1

Radio: 630 CHED

Leon Draisaitl and Drake Caggiula are back.

The Oilers look to finish their three game road trip at 2-1

EDMONTON

Patrick Maroon - Connor McDavid - Kailer Yamamoto

Milan Lucic - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Ryan Strome

Mark Letestu - Leon Draisaitl - Drake Caggiula

Iiro Pakarinen - Jujhar Khaira - Zack Kassian

Oscar Klefbom - Adam Larsson

Kris Russell - Matt Benning

Darnell Nurse - Eric Gryba

Cam Talbot

Laurent Brossoit

FOR THE OILERS

  • Leon Draisaitl is back after two weeks off from a concussion. He starts on the third line with Drake Caggiula, who is also back after an “undisclosed injury”. Mark Letestu is the other forward on a line that I wouldn’t have guessed in about a dozen tries.
  • The first line of Maroon-McDavid-Yamamoto remains the same. So does line two, which will again feature Ryan Nugent-Hopkins with Ryan Strome and Milan Lucic. I’m still kind of perplexed about Leon on line three. Do the Oilers expect him to play just twelve minutes tonight? The Oilers need goals, and they need to score them early and often if possible against the Penguins.
  • Defence remains the same. Squeeze those cheeks.

FOR PITTSBURGH

  • Goaltender Matt Murray will go for the Penguins tonight. Goaltending has been an issue throughout the young season for the Penguins. Pittsburgh waived Antti Niemi, who had an actual .798 SV% in three games. Matt Murray’s .896 SV% isn’t much prettier.
  • Justin Schultz is here!
  • FIREPOWER: The story will be Sid against Connor. Pittsburgh won’t disappoint. Look for Jake Guentzel (!) on the left side of Sidney Crosby and Conor Sheary. The mighty Bryan Rust is alongside Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel.

Oilers can take a 2-1 road trip home for Thursday’s matchup against Dallas. They can’t afford to squander many more points.

#GOILERS