Edmonton Oilers (5-8-1) @
New Jersey Devils (9-4-1)
Prudential Center - Newark, NJ
5 PM MDT
TV: Sportsnet West
Radio: 630 CHED
Oilers got a much-needed victory on the first leg of their four game roadie against the Islanders on Tuesday after Connor McDavid sealed the deal in overtime. McDavid’s OT goal was his team-leading sixth goal and seventeenth point en route to Edmonton’s fifth win of the season. The Oilers are still playing catch-up in the Pacific Division, and they’ll need sixty good minutes to take two points from the Devils in New Jersey.
Let’s go to the tape.
The Oilers are saying
”This is a tough building to come play in...They've played extremely well at home. This should give us some confidence moving forward. We started this trip off right. We have to continue that moving forward. We have a long ways to go
That’s Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot on playing the Islanders in Brooklyn. Prior to Edmonton’s visit, the Islanders were unbeaten in Brooklyn during regulation. They are still 5-0-2 after Edmonton’s visit. Talbot turned aside 36 of 37 Islander shots in the game and was nearly flawless s0ave for a goal yielded to former Oiler Jordan Eberle.
The Devils are saying
"We've got to stop the slide here...we have to get out of this before it gets too deep. We haven't played quite well enough to win, we've got to nip this in the bud right now."
That’s Devils goaltender Cory Schneider on New Jersey’s three-game losing streak.
That’s a word that Oiler fans are begging to hear, while the Devils would probably be OK never hearing it again. After bursting onto the 2017-18 season with a fat 9-2 start, the Devils are 0-2-1 in their last three.
Have some of this
- Simply put, the Oilers have got to have this game tonight. They needed to have the game against the Islanders, and they got that. They need another one to draw to within two games of a Bettman .500. The team has five wins in fourteen games. That’s not enough, and they need more.
- Drake Caggiula blocked a shot against the Islanders and is no bueno for tonight. Someone will get promoted to the top six. Spin the wheel to guess who. Jussi Jokinen? Ryan Strome? Anton Slepyshev? Zack Kassian?
- SOMETHING GOOD: Oilers PK was 3/3 against the Islanders on Tuesday. They’ve still got a ways to go to climb out of the basement there.
- Kyle Palmieri practiced with the Devils yesterday, and there’s a decent possibility he’s in the lineup tonight. Palmieri has been out with a lower body injury for the last couple of weeks, and he practiced with Nico Hischier and Taylor Hall on Wednesday.
- NET GAINS: Cam Talbot is probable (5-7-1, .909 SV% / 2.99 GAA / 1 SO) for the Oilers. Cory Schneider (6-3-0, .919 SV% / 2.98 GAA) is likely for the Devils.
- The Oilers will be missing defenceman Andrej Sekera (out til December/January) as he recovers from ACL surgery. Devils will be without Travis Zajac (pectoral muscle) and Marcus Johansson (concussion)
Oilers got to keep the good times rolling by stringing a couple of wins together here.