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What To Watch For From The Oilers
The Oilers are a rested team who will be going back to Rogers Place after tonight to play the next eight games. Can they send a reeling Blues club to a loss just one day after losing a key defenceman to a trade?
What To Watch For From The Blues
Losing Shattenkirk will no doubt send a jolt through St. Louis’ defence. They’re holding onto the second wild card spot in the West right now, but the Kings are just two points behind. The Blues are minus five in goal differential on the year, and losing Shattenkirk will cause havoc unless Robert Bortuzzo can hold it all up.
The Oilers have enjoyed much of the season in the upper crust of Pacific Division. They’ve been second or third for much of the year, and regardless of what happens in tonight’s game, they’ll still be in third place, though Calgary is just four points behind. An Oilers win (and a subsequent Flames loss to the Kings) would put some more breathing room between Edmonton and Calgary, just in time for the Oilers to begin their eight game homestand.