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Approaching Critical Mass

NHL: St. Louis Blues at Vancouver Canucks
Former Oilers first round pick Magnus Paajarvi will start on the third line for the Blues tonight.
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Edmonton Oilers (7-11-1) @

St. Louis Blues (15-5-1)

Scottrade Center, St. Louis, MO

6 PM MDT

TV: Sportsnet West

Radio: 630 CHED

SB Nation Opponent: St. Louis Game Time

LINES

19-97-91

27-29-93

13-18-98

24-55-44

25-6

77-83

4-62

33

1

The Blues were leaders of the Central Division last week when the Oilers met in Edmonton. You’ll be very surprised to once again realize that the Blues are again atop the Central Division tonight, and they’ll play hosts to an Oilers club that badly needs a win to keep their dreams of a second season afloat.

THREE THOUGHTS

  • While it’s not impossible for the Oilers to rip off a ten game win streak in the near future, I think we can all agree that a two game win streak is a lot more plausible. The Oilers have got to start winning some games, else they’re going to have a hard time getting anywhere near the playoffs. They’ve got an uphill battle tonight followed by a night in Detroit tomorrow. One step at a time.
  • A GENTLE TICKLE: Connor McDavid scored three points in Edmonton’s loss to the Stars over the weekend. In one of the more idiotic thing I’ve read in the last twenty years, this was an especially good time for high ranking media to remind everyone that McDavid needs to work on his turnovers. Maybe he’ll score five points tonight and be less of a target.
  • Tonight is Jay Bouwmeester’s first game back for St. Louis. He’s been out since training camp with a fractured ankle from a puck. Look for Bouwmeester to be paired with Colton Parayko on line two.

KEY TO VICTORY

Oilers are going to need to score some goals. Back to you, Kent.