Philadelphia Flyers (9-11-7) @
Edmonton Oilers (11-14-2)
730 PM MDT
Rogers Place, Edmonton AB
TV: Sportsnet One
Radio: 630 CHED
SB Nation Opponent: Broad Street Hockey
The Oilers escaped Calgary with a 7-5 victory after a wild third period. The Oilers looked to be in control with a 6-1 lead early on in the third, when the Flames scored four goals in seven minutes to cut the lead to a 6-5 margin. The Oilers held on and were the benefactors of a late empty net goal.
The Oilers will try and tighten up in a game versus Philadelphia tonight before heading out on the road to Montréal this Saturday. Can the Oilers take down the struggling Flyers?
Let’s go to the tape.
The Oilers are saying
"Leaving here, I felt there was unfinished business. I felt like I had a lot of success here and I felt this would be a good place for me to kick things off again. In the back of my mind, I felt my heart did belong here. It is a big deal for me to come back here. It means a lot to me. My family is here, I'm from Alberta, and it just brings back a lot of fond memories. I'm really excited to get going. There's no better place I could have ended up"
That’s Oiler defenceman Brandon Davidson after being claimed on waivers by the Oilers on Sunday.
Brandon Davidson is everything you want a guy on the third pair to be: pretty inexpensive and effective. He’s been in and out of the lineup since he was traded to Montréal, appearing in just 16 games this season.
The Flyers are saying
"That's our job. I mean you gotta handle those things. That's where you get to where you are. You don't get there by winning games, you get there by losing. You gotta know how to lose and you got to handle it, and know that you're doing the right things and sooner or later it will come back your way. The guys did a great job tonight to allow that to happen."
That’s Flyers goaltender Brian Elliott after the team’s 5-2 victory in Calgary on Monday. The Flyers have had plenty of practice ‘handling those things’, as they’ve lost 15 games out of 24 so far on the season (9-11-4)
Have some of this
Brossoit says he’s starting vs Philly.— Ryan Rishaug (@TSNRyanRishaug) December 5, 2017
- I don’t have the notes in front of me, but if Brossoit doesn’t handle this start, I think you’ll see a new goaltender on the team before they play Montréal on Saturday.
- WHAT’S GOING ON WITH THE FLYERS? They’re not killing it on offence (22nd in the league), and they’re about average in goals allowed (13th). They’ve finely crafted the unique art of losing one goal games. as they’ve lost seven so far this year. If the Flyers could have half of those OTLs as wins, they’d be much closer to the Penguins and a playoff berth instead of last in the Metro division.
- Look for the same lines that played in Calgary to be the very same lines that McLellan goes with tonight versus the Flyers. Can’t argue with seven goals for, hey?
- Laurent Brossoit (1-4-1, .872SV% / 3.81 GAA) will likely face off against Philadelphia’s Brian Elliott (7-6-6, .908 SV% / 2.92 GAA).
- SICK BAY: The Oilers are missing Andrej Sekera, (ACL) Adam Larsson (upper body injury) and Cam Talbot (see: Larsson) from the lineup. The Flyers are without Radko Gudas (suspension)