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Oilers look to finish road trip at .500 with a victory in a post-Shatternkirk St. Louis

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Edmonton

@

St. Louis
33-22-8, 74 points, 1.194 p/g Ranks 30-22-9 69 points, 1.132 p/g
Pacific Division - 3rd Central Division - 4th
10th Points per Game 17th
14th Special Teams 7th
7th Shots on Goal 28th
9th Goals Against per Game 23rd
6 PM MDT
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Radio - 630 CHED
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The opposing view

PROJECTED
FORWARDS

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

DEFENCE

Andrej Sekera - Kris Russell
Oscar Klefbom - Adam Larsson
Darnell Nurse - Eric Gryba

GOAL

Cam Talbot
Laurent Brossoit


Four goals, a sloppy PK and one bad call

The Nashville Predators scored three times on the power play and got a decent bounce in the way of a blown offside call en route to their 5-4 victory over the Oilers.  Viktor Arvidsson had the game winner for the Predators midway through the third period while on the power play.  We will forget any of this ever happened going forward.

The Oilers face off against St. Louis tonight just one day after the Blues dealt defenceman Kevin Shattenkirk to the Washington Capitals.  Can the Oilers finish their six game roadie at .500?

Let's go to the tape.

The Oilers are saying

That's Oilers' coach Todd McLellan on Viktor Arvidsson's last goal and the controversy that surrounded it.

Yes, it was offside.

The opponents are saying

That's Blues GM Doug Armstrong on trading away defenceman Kevin Shattenkirk to the Washington Capitals.

What's the price of Kevin Shattenkirk these days?  A first rounder, a second rounder, and a prospect.  It's a price that was too rich for Edmonton's blood, and that's just the price for Shattenkirk the Rental.  Washington also received goaltender Pheonix Copley in the deal.

Have some of this

  • Getting no immediate player in the Shattenkirk deal will no doubt hurt the Blues' defence.  This is just fine by me.
  • LINE SWITCH:  Caggiula sits for Slepyshev.  Benning is switched out...for...Eric Gryba?
  • With the trade deadline looming, maybe the Oilers go out there and grab a backup netminder. Seeing as how it hasn't yet happened, it's a fair bet that Cam Talbot starts tonight for the Oilers  (31-18-7, .919 SV% / 2.40 GAA / 5 SO).  Jake Allen (22-17-3, .904 SV% / 2.68 GAA / 2 SO).  If I'm St. Louis, I'm not real wild about that .904 SV%.
  • Sometimes I feel I don't talk about Connor McDavid enough.  McDavid is the first NHL player to reach the 70-point mark this season, and he's actually at 71 with his two point performance against the Predators on Sunday.  That's good, right?
  • Sunday was Darnell Nurse's first game since sustaining an ankle injury in December.  He played 14:25 and had two shots.  Brandon Davidson and Eric Gryba were the scratches.
  • How's my main man Yakupov doing?  Well...we're twelve goals away from getting that third round pick upgraded to a second round pick acquired in that big trade.
  • Tyler Pitlick (knee) will be out for the Oilers. The Blues are without Robby Fabbri (knee)
  • #GOILERS