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PRESEASON GAME THREAD: Edmonton Oilers @ Kolner Haie

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Oilers finish preseason with a tilt in Cologne before heading to Sweden to take on the Devils this Saturday

Edmonton Oilers v Buffalo Sabres
Final tuneup before regular season begins on Saturday
Photo by Kevin Hoffman/Getty Images

Edmonton Oilers @

Kolner Haie

8 AM MST

Lanxess Arena (Cologne, DE)

TV: Sportsnet (NHL-Network in US)

Radio: 630 CHED

REGULAR SEASON IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER

Finally, we’ve made it to the regular season. Well, almost. There’s this game in Germany, then the club heads up to Sweden for Saturday’s regular season debut against the Devils. Get your coffee on, it’s an early one today.

OILER LINES

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Connor McDavid - Ty Rattie

Milan Lucic - Leon Draisaitl - Kailer Yamamoto

Tobias Rieder - Ryan Strome - Jesse Puljujarvi

Zack Kassian - Kyle Brodziak - Drake Caggiula

Jason Garrison - Ethan Bear

Oscar Klefbom - Evan Bouchard

Darnell Nurse -Matthew Benning

Mikko Koskinen

Cam Tabot

THREE (and a half) THINGS

  • For better or for worse, what you’re going to see this afternoon is the crux of this year’s 23 man roster. Adam Larsson is hopeful for Saturday’s season opener, while Kris Russell is looking towards the club’s second game of the season to make his debut due to injury. This is it, you guys. Playoff bound?
  • Mikko Koskinen is likely to get the start in this morning’s contest. Can he take a big step forward and show that he’s the clear number two goaltender on this club?
  • CLOSE TO THE EDGE: The top line of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Connor McDavid and Ty Rattie is going to have to dazzle all year. Let’s see some of that today.
  • 12 -Yes, that’s the Ryan Jones suiting up for Cologne today. Jones spent a little more than four seasons in the Oilers organization from 2010 until the 2013-14 season. A quick stop in the Canucks organization came after, he’s now in his fifth season in Germany. Jones’ best was in 2011-12 when he posted a 17-16-33 statline.

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