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It’s Hockey Night in Canada as the Oilers face the Ducks for first place in the Pacific. No foolin’.

Cam Talbot can tie a record held by Grant Fuhr with a win tonight.
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PLAYING FOR FIRST

Connor McDavid had a crazy shorthanded goal while Patrick Maroon had two goals (including the game winner) en route to Edmonton’s 3-2 win over the Sharks on Thursday night. Cam Talbot earned his 39th win of the season by stopping 38 of 40 shots, while the Oilers were able to slip three of 22 by Martin Jones. The win propelled Edmonton to second place in the Pacific. The Ducks slid out of Winnipeg with an overtime loss, and remain just one point ahead of the Oilers for the Pacific Division lead.

A regulation win will put the Oilers atop the Pacific by themselves. Can the Oilers keep the good times rolling with a victory tonight?

How To Tune In

Time: 8 PM MDT

TV: CBC

Radio: 630 CHED

What To Watch For From The Oilers

Edmonton’s Cam Talbot will be playing for his 40th win of the season, a number reached only only by Grant Fuhr during the 1987-88 season when Fuhr went 40-25-9 in 75 games. If Talbot and the Oilers are able to secure a win tonight, he’ll have an excellent chance to add one more victory to that total. The Oilers’ final four games will feature two matchups against the Canucks.

What to Watch For From The Ducks

From Anaheim Calling

It’s likely we’ll see John Gibson make his first start since March 10th in St. Louis and just his second start since February 19th. Jonathan Bernier, for all of his incredible play since assuming full-time duty with Gibson injured, appears to be showing some fatigue.

Gibson starts tonight as the Ducks play the first of a back-to-back.

Final Thought

If you had told me before the season that the Oilers had a chance to own first place in April, I would’ve called you a liar. Tonight, they’ve got that chance. No foolin’.