8:30 PM MST
TV: Sportsnet (NHL-Network / USA)
Radio: 630 CHED
GOOD NEWS, EVERYONE
This game is on TV. The actual TV! You can watch it if you’re in Alberta, or if you’re in Quebec, or if you’re in Newfoundland. Or Iowa. Or Florida. You get the idea. Tonight’s game isn’t restricted to anyone due to geography. It’s one way you’ll get to see that sweet Ostap Safin / Cooper Marody / Ty Rattie line we’ve been thinking about all day.
#Oilers D pairings are projected to be Garrison-Benning, Jones-Russell, Lowe-Jerabek & Lagesson extra, while the expected goalies are Talbot & Montoya.— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) September 18, 2018
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
Let’s take a quick look at what’s cookin’ for the Oilers tonight:
- TALBOT TIME - Mikko Koskinen didn’t burn up out there last night versus Calgary, he had a couple of first game jitters for the Oilers. I’m not sure if I’m buying into this whole “Chiarelli brought Koskinen in to challenge Cam Talbot” line, but it’s Talbot’s time to get out there and assure everyone that he’ll be more like 2016-17 Talbot rather than 2017-18 Talbot. Al Montoya will probably get in for a period tonight.
- CAGGIULA / BRODZIAK / KASSIAN - There’s a chance that this is your fourth line in 2018-19. It’s not overly sexy, it’s a 1986 Chevrolet Caprice Classic with 193,000 miles on it. Maybe it’ll start up, and maybe it’s got a heater that still works.
- KHAIRA / STROME / PULJUJARVI - Two players that are on the third line with a player who should probably be in the top six. I’ll let you figure out who I’m talking about.
- BENSON / MCLEOD / YAMAMOTO - Second game in two nights for this line. McLeod and Yamamoto lit up the scoreboard in Calgary. Got anymore in the tank?
- NOLAN VESEY is an extra forward.
- The defence is a sampler platter. Make it happen out there, boys.