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Oilers hit the road after closing out homestand with four game winning streak

Jonthan Bernier is 5-0-1 in his last six for the Ducks
Jonthan Bernier is 5-0-1 in his last six for the Ducks
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Edmonton

@

Anaheim
39-24-9, 87 points, 1.056 p/g Ranks 38-23-11, 87 points, 1.198 p/g
Pacific Division - 2nd Pacific Division - 3rd
19th Points per Game 11th
9th Special Teams 13th
7th Shots on Goal 9th
6th Goals Against per Game 9th
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The opposing view


PROJECTED
FORWARDS

Patrick Maroon - Connor McDavid - Leon Draisaitl
Milan Lucic - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Jordan Eberle
Benoit Pouliot - David Desharnais - Zack Kassian
Drake Caggiula - Mark Letestu - Anton Slepyshev

DEFENCE

Oscar Klefbom - Adam Larsson
Andrej Sekera - Kris Russell
Darnell Nurse - Matthew Benning

GOAL

Cam Talbot
Laurent Brossoit


Two Shutouts, Two Games

Edmonton has gotten especially great goaltending from Cam Talbot, who turned aside all 35 shots from the Los Angeles Kings en route to Edmonton's second consecutive shutout victory.  Patrick Maroon scored his 25th goal of the season just one minute into the period, while Milan Lucic registered a power play goal in the thirteenth minute of the first.  I do miss the recent games that saw the Oilers score seven goals, but if Talbot can keep everything out, that'll work just fine as well.  Talbot is playing the very best hockey of the season right now, and the Oilers are on a four game win streak.

With ten games remaining, he'll need to keep it up as the Oilers look forward to the second season.

A win in Anaheim will put the Oilers within two points of the Pacific-leading Sharks.  Can the Oilers keep the good times rolling?

The Oilers are saying

That's forward Patrick Maroon on Monday's dance with Kings' forward Jarome Iginla

Maroon has as many goals as Connor McDavid.  Physicality is wonderful, but I'll take more goals before fights with Jarome Iginla.

The opponents are saying

That's Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano on facing the Oilers.

IRON MAN

Please recall Andrew Cogliano.  If you do not recall, he was traded from the Oilers six years ago for a second round pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.  This pick became centre Marc-Oliver Roy.  Andrew Cogliano does not stop playing hockey.  He's never missed a game, and currently has 776 on his resume.  Cogliano currently ranks seventh on the Ducks with 31 points (14-17-31) this year.

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  • FUN FACT: In last month's quarter pole, John Gibson had more votes for the Vezina Trophy than some guy named Cam Talbot.
  • Chiarelli loves the big body game, which helps explain why Eric 'The Slegehammer' Gryba and Matt Hendricks saw the ice last game.  I'd expect Anton Slepyshev and Matthew Benning to be back tonight.
  • The Oilers have scored six power play goals in their last four games.  They now are the proud owners of the league's third best power play.  The Ducks' PK ranks fifth.
  • Barring an unforeseen circumstance, Cam Talbot (37-20-8, .922 SV% / 2.39 GAA / 7 SO) will start for the Oilers between the pipes.  Jonathan Bernier is 5-0-1 in his last six (15-7-3, .918 SV% / 2.49 GAA / 2 SO) and it's a fair bet to see him get the nod tonight.
  • Tyler Pitlick (knee) will be out for the Oilers. The Ducks are without goaltender John Gibson, forward Ryan Garbutt, defencemen Clayton Stoner and Simon Despres
  • A win tonight will bring the Oilers to within two points of San Jose and the Pacific Division lead.
    • #GOILERS