St. Louis Blues (22-12-2) @
Edmonton Oilers (15-17-2)
7 PM MDT
Rogers Place - Edmonton, Alberta
TV: Sportsnet West
Radio: 630 CHED
The Oilers are streaking.
They’re on a two game winning streak, and the San Jose Sharks are the latest victims. The Oilers were able to take care of the Sharks by a 5-3 margin on Tuesday night in game that saw Ryan Strome two goals. Adam Larsson led all defencemen in ice time with nearly 22 minutes after coming back from an upper body injury. Cam Talbot picked up his twelfth win of the season, and the Oilers are on the loose.
The Oilers get some more help on defence this evening as Andrej Sekera makes his return. The Blues lost in Calgary last night. Can the Oilers take advantage of a tired Blues club?
Let’s go to the tape.
The Oilers are saying
"I feel as good as I need to feel to be playing at this level...I’m ready. I’ll go out, play hard and try to help this team win a game".
That’s Oilers defenceman Andrej Sekera on getting back into the lineup after missing all 34 regular season games (and one playoff game) after suffering a torn ACL. The Oilers will immediately benefit from Sekera being back in the lineup. Sekera was second among Oiler defencemen in ice time in 2016-17.
The Blues are saying
"If you've got a couple guys out of the lineup, that's one thing. That's no excuse. It's a matter of making sure that you're prepared to play the right way and to play that way for 60 minutes and we haven't been doing that.”
That’s Blues head coach Mike Yeo on his team dropping a 2-1 decision to the Calgary Flames last night.
You never want to lose hockey games, but Yeo’s Blues are looking pretty good so far. With 22 wins so far, the Blues are in second place in the Central Division, one point up on the surprising Winnipeg Jets. They’re right in the middle of the league when it comes to scoring goals (they’re clocking in at 2.94 per game right now), but they’re third overall when it comes to keeping them out of the net.
They could’ve done the Oilers a solid by taking care of Calgary last night.
Have some of this
Oilers D:— Bob Stauffer (@Bob_Stauffer) December 20, 2017
- SEKERA! You think they ever try to waive Eric Gryba? I don’t think they’ll come to this conclusion.
- DON’T LOOK NOW, BUT: The Oilers are scoring at a pretty good rate in the recent couple of games. Five goals against San Jose, three in Minnesota? Do they have four more today for a Blues team that’s pretty good at keeping them out?
- POWER PLAY PULJUJARVI: FORTY SECONDS! Jesse Puljujarvi got 40 seconds of power play time against the Sharks. Maybe he’ll get up over a minute tonight, I don’t know.
- IN NET: Cam Talbot will likely roll along for the Oilers (12-10-1, .903 SV% / 2.96 GAA 1 SO) after picking up his second straight win since coming back from injury. Look for the Blues to counter with Jake Allen (17-9-2, .911 SV% / 2.59 GAA / 1 SO) after Carter Hutton was in net in Calgary last night.
- PAY ATTENTION: Vladimir Tarasenko on the power play is bad for business. Especially with this club’s power play, which has struggled incredibly at home.
- SICK BAY: The Oilers are missing Oscar Klefbom (IR - upper body) while the Blues are without Jay Bouwmeester (undisclosed), Jaden Schwartz (ankle), Robby Fabbri (knee), Zach Sanford (shoulder) and Sammy Blais (lower body).