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Edmonton Oilers @ Tampa Bay Lightning Game Preview

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The roadie rolls on. Today, the Oilers are in Tampa to play their first game in two nights.

Ben Bishop starts against the Oilers tonight.
Ben Bishop starts against the Oilers tonight.
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32-19-8, 70 points, 1.22 p/g Ranks 26-24-8, 60 points, 1.034 p/g
Pacific Division - 2nd Atlantic Division - 7th
8th Points per Game 21st
13th Special Teams 14th
6th Shots on Goal 16th
7th Goals Against per Game 17th
5:30 PM MDT
TV - Sportsnet West
Radio - 630 CHED
Amalie Arena

The opposing view


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


Oscar Klefbom - Adam Larsson
Andrej Sekera - Matthew Benning
Kris Russell - Eric Gryba


Cam Talbot
Laurent Brossoit

Talbot Shines Again

Cam Talbot turned aside 38 shots and Milan Lucic scored a big game winning goal on Friday night as the Edmonton Oilers scored a road victory in Chicago. Matthew Benning got his first NHL goal when a weird bounce off of the skate of Trevor Van Riemsdyk careened behind Corey Crawford.  The Oilers were heavily outshot, but Talbot held on as the Oilers emerged victorious in Chicago.

Tied with the Ducks in points (but with two games in hand), the Oilers are in Florida to take on the Lightning tonight. Can the Oilers continue their march to the second season?

The Oilers are saying

That's Oilers winger Matt Hendricks on team accountability.

Hendricks didn't score in Chicago, but he has three points in the two games before that (2-1-3).

The opponents are saying

That's Lightning head coach Jon Cooper on Jonathan Drouin.

Drouin had an unbelievable goal in overtime against the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday night.  Go on, take a look. Drouin is currently third in team scoring with 36 points(17-19-36)

Have some of this

  • LOOCH: It's no secret that Milan Lucic has struggled 5 on 5 this season.  His game winning goal against Chicago was a relief and a half.  Some more of that, please.
  • An empty net goal for Connor McDavid is his twentieth of the season and sixty-seventh of the year.  That's two more than Sidney Crosby.  This McDavid character should be OK.
  • Kris Russell will likely get back into the lineup. He's been out for the last five games with an injury,
  • A situation is arising with the Oilers playing two games in two nights.  Cam Talbot will likely go for the Oilers (30-16-7, .921 SV% / 2.35 GAA / 5 SO).  The Lightning will go with Ben Bishop (15-12-3, .910 SV% / 2.60 GAA / 1 SO).  Will the Oilers counter with Laurent Brossoit tomorrow if Talbot starts tonight?
  • Tyler Pitlick (knee),  Jujhar Khaira (wrist) and Darnell Nurse (ankle) will be out for the Oilers. The Lightning are missing Steven Stamkos (knee) and Ryan Callahan (hip)
  • In second place with two games in hand.  Sure looks nice.