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Oilers explode for five goals on Tuesday versus Coyotes. Can they continue the good times against Philadelphia?

Forty points (23-17-40) so far for Wayne Simmonds, good for third on the Flyers.
Forty points (23-17-40) so far for Wayne Simmonds, good for third on the Flyers.
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Edmonton
27-23-7, 61 points, 1.07 p/g Ranks 30-19-8, 68 points, 1.193 p/g
Metropolitan Division - 5th Pacific Division - 3rd
19th Points per Game 10th
16th Special Teams 13th
7th Shots on Goal 6th
24th Goals Against per Game 7th
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The opposing view

PROJECTED
FORWARDS

Patrick Maroon - Connor McDavid - Jordan Eberle
Milan Lucic - Leon Draisaitl - Anton Slepyshev
Drake Caggiula - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Zack Kassian
Iiro Pakarinen - Mark Letestu - Matt Hendricks

DEFENCE

Oscar Klefbom - Adam Larsson
Andrej Sekera - Matthew Benning
Brandon Davidson - Eric Gryba

GOAL

Cam Talbot
Laurent Brossoit


Finally, Goals

Four games went by with two total goals until Tuesday's five goal outburst against the Coyotes.  Leon Draisaitl scored the team leading 21st goal of the season, while Patrick Maroon nailed his 20th.  Oscar Klefbom had a goal, Mark Letestu had a powerplay goal, and Matt Hendricks scored his third of the season, which will probably keep him in the lineup tonight.  The Oilers picked up their 30th win of the season, and they can tie their entire 2015-16 win total with a win against the Flyers tonight.

The Oilers are saying

That's Oilers defenceman Oscar Klefbom, who had a three point affair (1G-2A) against the Coyotes.

KLEFA BLOWIN' IT UP

A confident Klefbom is a good Klefbom.  Klefbom's 9 goals lead all Oiler defencemen, and his 23 points rank him second among Oiler defencemen.

The opponents are saying

That's Flyers forward Michael Raffl on his fifteen game goalless drought.  Raffl has just eight goals this season, which is three more than former Oiler Chris VandeVelde.

Have some of this

  • Oilers to benefit once again from a team on the second half of a back-to-back.  The Flames defeated the Flyers by a 3-1 score last night, with Nick Cousins scoring Philadelphia's only goal.  The Oilers took advantage of Arizona's second game in as many nights, can the Oilers do it again to Philadelphia tonight?
  • LINE BLENDER:  Five goals is going to be a difficult number to go against.  Unsure of the status of Benoit Pouliot, who suffered an injury during practice on the 12th.  If he's good to go, I'm unsure as to who McLellan hooks.
  • Two more assists for Connor McDavid on Tuesday, and he's up to 63 points on the season.  That's back on top of the NHL's points chase, just two ahead of Sidney Crosby (61) and San Jose's Brent Burns (61).
  • Oilers lost a wild one to the Flyers by a 6-5 margin back in December.  Jonas Gustavsson took the brunt of that one.  Gustavsson has played six games in Bakersfield since being demoted.  I'd say it's worked out for everyone.
  • Cam Talbot will likely go for the Oilers (28-16-7, .920 SV% / 2.36 GAA / 5 SO).  Michal Neuvirth was in net for Philadelphia's loss to Calgary last night, and I'd expect the Flyers to counter with Steve Mason (16-17-6, .900 SV% / 2.90 GAA / 1 SO)
  • Tyler Pitlick (knee), Kris Russell (undisclosed), Jujhar Khaira (wrist) and Darnell Nurse (ankle) will be out for the Oilers. Benoit Pouliot (undisclosed) is questionable right now. The Flyers will be without forward Travis Konecny (lower body) and defenceman Michael Del Zotto (leg)
  • The Ducks are inactive tonight.  Oilers can pull up alongside the Ducks with two points tonight.
  • #GOILERS