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GAME PREVIEW: Edmonton Oilers vs. Philadelphia Flyers

Tail end of a back-to-back features a visit from Philadelphia

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Edmonton Oilers (17-12-3) (4th, Pacific)

Philadelphia Flyers (12-13-4) (7th, Metro)

7:00 PM MST

Rogers Place

TV: Sportsnet West

Radio: 630 CHED

SB Nation Opponent: Broad Street Hockey

HANG ON NOW

In a game that I was afraid would turn into a lopsided event, the final event wasn’t so lopsided after all. Simply the idea that the Oilers could’ve emerged from last night’s event with two points is sort of a high. The Jets were up 3-1 very early in the second period when the Oilers got goals from Darnell Nurse and Jujhar Khaira. They actually had the lead after two periods when Alex Chiasson scored to make it 4-3 late in the second frame. Mark Scheifele would score midway through the third to tie it at four, while Josh Morrissey scored in OT for the Jets. The Oilers hang on for a point, and they’ll look to get two tonight versus Philadelphia.

Let’s go to the tape.

The Oilers are saying

We went really hard at the blue lines and that kind of cost us a little bit. But we got a point here and that’s not the worst thing

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That’s Oilers forward Ryan Spooner on last night’s 5-4 OT loss to the Jets. Spooner scored the game’s opening goal, his third of the season.

The Oilers are going to have to juggle their D corps while Oscar Klefbom and Kris Russell are out with injuries. It’ll be, uh, interesting to see the combos that are made over the next few games.

The Flyers are saying

You try to let their play dictate it. Usually if they have a great camp, sometimes you can start them and see what happens. If they struggle in the training camp, you know that they aren’t going to be ready for the season and you need to get them down.

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That’s new Flyers GM Chuck Fletcher on goaltending prospect Carter Hart. After a less than auspicious start, Hart has won his last three games in Lehigh Valley.

SHOCKING BIG NUMBERS

You will be shocked to realize (read: not shocked at all) that goaltending is once again suspect in the City of Brotherly Love. Brian Elliott leads the pack with a SV% of .911, it gets progressively worse from there. Alex Stolarz is putting up a .889, Michal Neuvirth has .719 in two games, and Alex Lyon’s GAA is 12. Yeah, he played just one period so far, but 12’s a big number.

Have some of this

  • The D-line blender is in full effect. Kevin Gravel (20+) and Matt Benning (18+) both had some top four minutes. Darnell Nurse did his best Oscar Klefbom impression, he had 31:04 ice time last night. That’s a tonne of ice time. Like I say, if they keep scoring 6 or 7 goals per game, things are going to be great.
  • The Oilers faced two high powered offences in Colorado (3.6 GPG) and Winnipeg (3.58 GPG). How do the Flyers fare? Right in the middle, 15th overall. (3.10 GPG). Claude Giroux is the heavy hitter with 38 points in 29 games (11-27-38).
  • NET GAINS: Mikko Koskinen (10-3-1, .927 SV% / 2.20 GAA / 3 SO) goes for his eleventh win on the season tonight. The Flyers are likely to counter with Anthony Stolarz (2-1-2, .889 SV% / 3.80 GAA).
  • SICK BAY: The Oilers are without Andrej Sekera (ankle), Oscar Klefbom (hand) and Kris Russell (undisclosed). The Flyers will miss Brian Elliott (lower body) and Michal Neuvirth, whose family is about to grow by one.