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Edmonton Oilers @ Carolina Hurricanes Game Preview

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Ten games to go in the season.

NHL: Carolina Hurricanes at Edmonton Oilers
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is third on the Oilers in scoring with 38 points in 54 games.
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Edmonton Oilers (31-36-5) (6th, Pacific)

Carolina Hurricanes (31-30-11), (6th, Metro)

5 PM MT

PNC Center

TV: Sportsnet West

Radio: 630 CHED

SB Nation Opponent: Canes Country

BREAKDOWN:

Ty Rattie was your lone goal scorer in Sunday’s 3-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Oilers finish 1-1 in the Sunshine State. Midway through this four game roadie, they make a stop to see their old friends from 2006.

Let’s go to the tape.

The Oilers are saying

“Right now, they are a better team than we are, and we know the work that we have to do to catch up. It can be done, and it will be done. Both teams played a back-to-back, and I thought they had a little more in the gas tank than we did”

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That’s Oilers head coach Todd McLellan after his club’s 3-1 loss to the Lightning on Sunday afternoon.

The win clinched a playoff berth for Tampa.

The Hurricanes are saying

“We were on our toes early. We were getting in their zone and sustaining some pressure. I think we had a little bit of a bitter taste in our mouth from [Saturday] night, so we wanted to come out strong in the first period”

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That’s Hurricanes defenceman Jaccob Slavin on Carolina’s 4-3 victory against the Islanders on Sunday.

The win stopped a three-game losing streak for the Hurricanes. Carolina isn’t mathematically eliminated from the postseason, but they’re a distant nine points away from the second wild card and their time is running out.

Have some of this

  • VS TAMPA: Ty Rattie: 13:24 TOI, 1:43 PP. Jesse Puljujarvi: 12:04 TOI, 0:00 PP. I guess it’s better than the 9:53 Puljujarvi had against Florida. With the club seemingly depending on 98 in the not-too-distant future, maybe he’d get a few more looks with some players. Hey, good on Ty Rattie for his goal. That’s two in two games.
  • McDAVID WATCH - No points for McDavid on Sunday afternoon. He’s got 89 points with ten games to go. This game against Carolina and Thursday’s game in Ottawa could be big.
  • GOAL TROUBLE - Carolina ranks just 26th overall in goals scored per game (2.65). Couple that with some shaky goaltending (.904 for Cam Ward, .889 for Scott Darling) and you’ve got a story that’s not all that different from Edmonton’s 2017-18.
  • SHOULDER THE LOAD - Oscar Klefbom will get shoulder surgery and will be shut down for the season. Let’s forget about 2017-18 and get to next year already.
  • Expect Cam Talbot to get the nod tonight. (26-27-2, .908 SV%, 2.98 GAA). Scott Darling (12-17-7, .889SV%, 3.08 GAA) will go for the Hurricanes.
  • SICK BAY: Andrej Sekera (foot) is day-to-day. Oscar Klefbom (shoulder) is out for the season. Zack Kassian (undisclosed) and Kris Russell (undisclosed) are day-to-day. For the Hurricanes, Noah Hanifin is out with a concussion.