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GAME PREVIEW: Edmonton Oilers vs. Minnesota Wild

Oilers look to keep the good times rolling with Minnesota visit.

NHL: Edmonton Oilers at Chicago Blackhawks
Kris Russell has amped up his shot blocking capability with his new nine foot twig seen here.
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Edmonton Oilers (6-3-1)

Minnestoa Wild (6-3-2)


Rogers Place

TV: Sportsnet West, Sportsnet Oilers

Radio: 630 CHED

SB Nation Opponent: Hockey Wilderness


Zack Kassian would score his first goal of the season to get the Oilers on the board, it was Connor McDavid who would score his eighth of the season to put it away by a 2-1 margin in OT. Since clunking out to an 0-2 start, the Oilers are 6-1-1 in their last eight. That’s not too bad at all.

The Oilers look to keep the good times rolling with a visit from Minnesota. A win tonight would put them atop the Pacific Division for the time. Go ahead, re-read that last one.

Let’s go to the tape.

The Oilers are saying

Leon did a great job of getting the puck over...


That’s Connor McDavid on Leon Draisaitl’s set up that led to Sunday’s overtime winner in Chicago. Incredibly, the goal is McDavid’s first OT winner since joining the Oilers. It is his eighth goal and seventeenth point of the young season.

The Wild are saying

That’s Zach Parise after Minnesota’s 5-2 loss to the Canucks last night.

The Wild’s loss to Vancouver put a stop to a five game win streak.


  • Jason Gregor reports that Ty Rattie will resume skating with the club, he’ll be a little bit longer before he’s able to play. Who comes out for Rattie when he’s ready to go? More importantly, when the hell does Jesse Puljujarvi get back in?
  • NET GAINS: Devan Dubnyk was in the net for Minnestoa’s 5-2 loss at the hands of the Canucks last night (?!), expect Alex Stalock to get the nod (1-1-0, .879SV%, 3.45 GAA). Cam Talbot is likely to play in his tenth contest of the year (5-3-1, .909SV% / 2.67 GAA)
  • FUN FACT: Zach Parise is averaging a point per game in eleven games for Minnesota (3-8-11)
  • Special teams: Edmonton PP 11th overall (9/36, 25%) / PK 20th overall (25/33, 75.8%) Minnesota PP 26th overall (5/36, 13.9%) PK 7th overall (41/48, 85.4%)
  • SICK BAY: Andrej Sekera (ankle) is out indefinitely. Ty Rattie (middle body) is still out for at least a few days. For the Wild, Matt Hendricks (leg) is out.