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Oilers look to shake off the rust after an uninspired performance in Tampa Bay

Jaromir Jagr is fourth on the Panthers in scoring with 34 points (11-23-34)
Jaromir Jagr is fourth on the Panthers in scoring with 34 points (11-23-34)
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Edmonton

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32-20-8, 70 points, 1.2 p/g Ranks 28-20-10, 67 points, 1.034 p/g
Pacific Division - 2nd Atlantic Division - 4th
9th Points per Game 12th
13th Special Teams 14th
8th Shots on Goal 5th
7th Goals Against per Game 13th
5:30 PM MDT
TV - Sportsnet
Radio - 630 CHED
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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
Matt Hendricks - Mark Letestu - Iiro Pakarinen

DEFENCE

Oscar Klefbom - Matthew Benning
Andrej Sekera - Kris Russell
Brandon Davidson - Eric Gryba

GOAL

Cam Talbot
Laurent Brossoit


Uninspired

A lone goal from Iiro Pakarinen was not enough as the Oilers fell flat against the Lightning in Tampa last night.

Ondrej Palat scored Tampa's first goal four minutes into the first period.  Palat would ring once more just sixteen seconds into the second.  The Oilers would draw to within one as Iiro Pakarinen scored his first goal of the season midway through the period, but Nikita Kucherov would be the next to score for the Lightning.

The Oilers did have a goal called back to everyone's favourite offside rule, but Tampa got the lead early and didn't let off the gas.

The Oilers will face Jaromir Jagr and the rest of the Panthers tonight in Florida.  Can the Oilers shake last night's performance and take two points tonight?

The Oilers are saying

That's Oilers goaltender Laurent Brossoit on Lightning forward Ondrej Palat's two goals.

Laurent Brossoit started last night's game, and it's probably one he won't remember with much fondness though you can't pin this loss on him.  Brandon Davidson's stick blew up at Tampa Bay's blue line, immediately turning the puck over to  Nikita Kucherov.  Kucherov to Palat, and Brossoit didn't have much of a chance.  Brossoit was eaten alive on the second goal as Kris Russell couldn't get it out of his own zone, turning it over to Tyler Johnson.  Johnson to Palat, and...well, you know.

The opponents are saying

That's Panthers forward Jussi Jokinen.  Jokinen has four goals in his last six games.

The Panthers are playing with confidence, as they hover around that third playoff spot in the Atlantic.  They're just one point behind the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Have some of this

  • Oilers score just one goal last night, but it belonged to Iiro Pakarinen.  Pakarinen's goal was his third point in four games  (1-2-3).
  • Adam Larsson registered an assist on Pakarinen's goal, but he left the game in the third.  He's probably going to be out tonight, so adjust your line cards accordingly.
  • After Brossoit got the start in Tampa Bay, Cam Talbot will go for the Oilers (30-16-7, .921 SV% / 2.35 GAA / 5 SO).  The Panthers will likely go with Roberto Luongo (16-14-6, .915 SV% / 2.69 GAA / 1 SO).
  • Tyler Pitlick (knee),  Jujhar Khaira (wrist) and Darnell Nurse (ankle) will be out for the Oilers.  Adam Larsson is unlikely to go tonight.   As of this writing, the Panthers have no one listed on their report.
  • Even after last night's loss, rOilers can snatch second place with a win tonight.
  • #GOILERS