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Anaheim Ducks @ Edmonton Oilers Game Preview

A win tonight will put the Oilers in first place of the Pacific Division

A two goal performance from Patrick Maroon ties him for second on the Oilers alongside Leon Draisaitl
A two goal performance from Patrick Maroon ties him for second on the Oilers alongside Leon Draisaitl
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42-23-12, 96 points, 1.246 p/g Ranks 43-25-9, 95 points, 1.234 p/g
Pacific DIvision - 1st Pacific Division - 2nd
8th Points per Game 9th
12th Special Teams 9th
20th Shots on Goal 8th
7th Goals Against per Game 4th
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The opposing view


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


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


Cam Talbot
Laurent Brossoit

A Way To First?

The Oilers pinned three goals on San Jose, including this ridiculous shorthanded goal by Connor McDavid en route to a 3-2 victory.  Edmonton's win coupled with Anaheim's overtime loss to the Jets brings the Oilers to within one point of the Ducks, who are atop the division with 96 points.

A regulation win will put the Oilers atop the Pacific with just four games left in the season.

Let's go to the tape.

The Oilers are saying

That's Patrick Maroon after Edmonton's 3-2 victory over the Sharks on Thursday night.

While Connor McDavid had the beauty shorthanded marker, Pat Maroon had two goals of his own.  Maroon's 27 goals on the season are tied for second place with Leon Draisaitl, just one behind Connor McDavid.

The opponents are saying

That's Ducks forward Corey Perry, who had an two goals in Anaheim's 4-3 overtime loss to the Jets on Thursday.

Perry's two goals put him at 51 points on the season, good for third on the Ducks behind Ryan Kesler and Ryan Getzlaf.

Have some of this

  • Ryan Getzlaf had four assists against the Rangers earlier this week.  That's half as good as Sam Gagner versus the Blackhawks.  Getzlaf leads the Ducks with 66 points (14-52-66) in 69 games.
  • Connor McDavid's ridiculous goal furthers his lead to 91 points on the season.  He leads Patrick Kane by four points (87) and Sidney Crosby by seven (84).
  • A win for the Oilers will give Cam Talbot his fortieth of the year.  (39-21-8, .921 SV% / 2.37 GAA / 7 SO).  Look for John Gibson (23-16-8, .921 SV% / 2.28 GAA / 5 SO) as the Ducks play their first of a back-to-back.
  • The Oilers will be without Tyler Pitlick (knee).  The Ducks are without forward Ryan Garbutt (shoulder) and defenceman Simon Despres (concussion)