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New York Islanders @ Edmonton Oilers Game Preview

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Islanders fighting for a playoff spot as Oilers look to go 2-0 on the current homestand.

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Edmonton
30-23-11, 71 points, 1.11 p/g Ranks 35-22-8, 78 points, 1.2 p/g
Metropolitan Division - 5th Pacific Division - 2nd
15th Points per Game 10th
23rd Special Teams 16th
10th Shots on Goal 8th
25th Goals Against per Game 9th
7 PM MDT
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Radio - 630 CHED
Rogers Place

The opposing view

PROJECTED
FORWARDS

Patrick Maroon - Connor McDavid - Leon Draisaitl
Milan Lucic - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Jordan Eberle
Drake Caggiula - David Desharnais - Zack Kassian
Matt Hendricks - Mark Letestu - Jujhar Khaira

DEFENCE

Oscar Klefbom - Adam Larsson
Andrej Sekera - Matthew Benning
Darnell Nurse - Eric Gryba

GOAL

Cam Talbot
Laurent Brossoit


Wing Tip

Edmonton scored four goals to defeat the Detroit Red Wings at home on Saturday night.  Connor McDavid had a goal and an assist, while Cam Talbot turned away 22 shots en route to a 4-3 victory.  Edmonton survived a late surge by Detroit when Dylan Larkin scored a power play goal to bring the Wings to within one goal, but Edmonton held on long enough for two points.  

A win tonight would give the Oilers 80 points on the season, which would be the first time in eight years they reached such a lofty number (85 in 2008-09)

The Oilers are looking to create space between themselves, Ducks, and the Flames.  Can the Oilers keep the homestand humming along with a W?

The Oilers are saying

That's Oilers forward Connor McDavid on taking two points against the Red Wings on Saturday night.

A win tonight will give the Oilers eighty points on the season.  That doesn't sound like a lot, but the last time the Oilers had eighty points was in 2008-09, when they finished with 85 points on the season.

The opponents are saying

That's Islanders forward Josh Ho-Sang on making good decisions with the puck, and playing his game.

Ho-Sang has been somewhat of a lightning rod throughout his young Islanders career.  While trying to make the team in 2015, he overslept and was punished by getting demoted back to his junior club in Niagara.  It happened again in Bridgeport.  People are upset that he wears number 66.

When Ho-Sang isn't oversleeping or getting people up in arms about a uniform number, you'll see that he's quite a dynamic young hockey player.  He's got 36 points in Bridgeport (AHL) in 48 games played (10-26-36), good for second behind veteran Bracken Kearns.  We'll get a chance to see Ho-Sang in just his fourth career game tonight.

Have some of this

  • John Tavares leads the Islanders in scoring with 54 points (24-30-54) in 64 games this season.  Here, you'll see him peel around John Klingburg en route ver des nouvelles aventures.
  • The Islanders might get some help on defence tonight if Edmontonian Johnny Boychuk finds his way back after a foot injury.  He's day-to-day.
  • Does anyone know why Kris Russell got scratched against the Red Wings?  I'm fine with this if it happens again tonight.
  • CAM AS YOU PLEASE - All Talbot, all the time.  Look for Talbot to start tonight  (33-18-7, .919 SV% / 2.39 GAA / 5 SO).  Thomas Greiss (21-13-4, .916 SV% / 2.57 GAA / 3 SO) got the hook after twenty minutes in a 5-2 loss to Calgary, and it's a fair bet that he'll get another go tonight.
  • Tyler Pitlick (knee) will be out for the Oilers.  Don't know about Benoit Pouliot, as I think the team left him at the hardware store sometime in February.  Johnny Boychuk is questionable for the Islanders, as is Alex Quine.  Mikhail Grabovski and Casey Cizikas are out indefinitely.
    • Flames are rollin'.  Sharks add two more points to the top with a win in Winnipeg last night.
    • #GOILERS