Edmonton Oilers (4-8-1) (7th, Pacific)
New York Islanders (8-5-1) (4th, Metro)
Barclays Center - 5 PM MDT
TV: Sportsnet Oilers
Radio: 630 CHED
Oilers embark on a four game road trip needing wins to stay out of Western Conference basement.
THE OILERS WILL WIN IF
- Their new look lines can make some magic.. Okay, get your pencils out. Anton Slepyshev is on the right side of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Milan Lucic. Your third line features 36-18-91 and your fourth line is comprised of Pakarainen, Letestu and Kassian. Top line of 19-97-29 remains intact.
- Someone can score a goal. If you missed Sunday’s debacle, you’ll be nonplussed to know that the Oilers put up zero goals. Scoring more than zero goals is always encouraged at the National level. Back to you, Jim
- The Oilers can stymie the Islanders’ second line. Andrew Ladd (3-3-6) paired with Mathew Barzal (3-10-13) and Jordan Eberle (4-7-11) is a hot ticket for the Islanders right now.
THE ISLANDERS WILL WIN IF
- Their goaltending comes through. Thomas Greiss isn’t killing it out there with an .875 SV%.
- They exploit a poor special teams unit. Edmonton’s power play is not good (25th overall), but their penalty kill ranks worst in the league (31st). The Islanders’ power play currently sits 9th overall.
- They can contain Edmonton to one line - The McDavid line doe most of the heavy lifting for the Oilers. If the Islanders can keep the other lines off the scoreboard, they’re likely due a win.
Can the Oilers set the tone for this roadtrip with a big win
on Long Island? in Brooklyn?