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Game 3 Pregame News And Notes

News and notes before tonight’s contest between Edmonton in San Jose

Vancouver Canucks v Edmonton Oilers
Griffin Reinhart
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The Oilers are in San Jose for the third game of the Western Conference Quarter-Finals. Here’s a quick update of what’s happened in the last day and a half.

  • After blocking a shot in game 2, Oscar Klefbom’s status was up in the air for game 3. McLellan confirmed that Klefbom is expected to go for the Oilers tonight. Klefbom says he’s good to go as well. This is a huge coup for an Oiler club who really can’t afford an injury to Klefbom (or anybody else on the blue line, for that matter).
  • Because you haven’t seen him since training camp, you’ll be absolutely besmirched \ to know that the Oilers have recalled Griffin Reinhart from Baskersfield. The Condors’ season is now over, and Reinhart was called up yesterday likely for insurance purposes should Oscar Klefbom not be able to go. Thankfully, Klefbom is in and ready.
  • If you thought any steam was left on the Gustavsson train, goaltender Nick Ellis was also recalled from Bakersfield. Ellis isn’t expected to get into any game action anytime soon, and we’re not about ready to relive 2006 anytime soon.
  • As of about 4 PM, there’s no word whether or not Joe Thornton will be in the lineup for today’s game. San Jose’s being real quiet about everything, which leads me to believe they’re going to somehow find a way to slip him in. Thornton suffered a leg injury earlier in the month after a check from Vancouver’s Michael Chaput.
  • Expect the same lines as Friday’s 2-0 shutout win. Let’s roll.