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It’s Game Five And Jesse Puljujarvi Looks Like He’s In The Top Six

Looks like some moves were made in today’s practice.

NHL: Edmonton Oilers at Winnipeg Jets
Pulju Comes Alive!
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The Oilers had a big third period last night en route to a 5-4 OT victory. Everything is just great. Dogs, cats living together. Sunshine, lollipops and rainbows. Oh, you should’ve seen it.

Okay, the Oilers are 2-2. That’s not bad, compared to when everybody was calling for everybody to be fired after the Bruins game last week. Speaking of Boston, they’ll be paying a visit to Rogers Place tomorrow night as the Oilers will finally play their first home game of the season. A win would go a long way for this team’s psyche.

Anyways, there looks to be a few changes in the lineup.

Hold up, is that Jesse Puljujarvi on the second line? Is that Milan Lucic on the third line?

  • GO TO THE NET: Jesse Puljujarvi scored a beauty of a goal last night. Not only did it tie the Oilers up 4-4, it was Edmonton’s second power play goal of the night. If we’re to glean anything from today’s practice, Jesse Puljujarvi looks to have gotten a bump to the top six. Good for him, good for the Oilers. He and Yamamoto get swapped for tomorrow’s matchup against the Bruins. Yamamoto hasn’t gotten on the scoresheet yet, though he’s drawn a few penalties so far. His new teammates? Ryan Strome and...
  • Milan Lucic took practice from the third line today. Lucic scored two points to start his season, but hasn’t hit the score sheet since. He’ll team with Strome and Yamamoto to see if they can get some things going.
  • I got all giddy when I saw Rieder’s name on the second line, but Gregor suggests that Rieder might just be there to hold a place for Drake Caggiula. Caggiula did not skate today (he’s a little “banged up” after last night’s contest against Winnipeg). Caggiula’s been hitting everything on skates lately (he had four hits last night), still I’d like to see Rieder take a spin with his countryman and Jesse Puljujarvi.
  • Would not be surprised to see Jason Garrison out tomorrow. He played just a tick less than 9 minutes, he’s just having a hard time keeping up out there. I’d be interested taking a look at Kevin Gravel soon. McLellan suggested that we might see a pair of Benning and Bouchard sometime, which isn’t something I planned on hearing before game 5.