Connor McDavid’s first, most, and least successful (read: only) NHL coach makes his return to Edmonton tonight as Todd McLellan’s LA Kings get their season underway tonight on Hockey Night In Canada.
Leon Draisaitl and Mike Smith were heavily involved in the Oilers’ win over the Vancouver Canucks and look to repeat their performances tonight. McDavid was dealing with a bit of rust early on but still managed to split and separate two helpless defenders en route to the GWG.
Tomas Jurco and Patrick Russell will make their season debuts tonight for Josh Archibald and Alex Chiasson who will both miss out due to illness.
Saturday night’s haven’t been too kind to the Oilers in recent years, so let’s hope Dave Tippett can get his group ready for primetime tonight. Join us in the comments throughout!
Watch & Listen
Edmonton Oilers (1-0-0)
Los Angeles Kings (0-0-0)
8 PM MST - Rogers Place, Edmonton, AB
TV: Hockey Night In Canada
Radio: 630 CHED
SBN Counterparts: Jewels From The Crown
Projected Oilers Lines
Leon Draisaitl – Connor McDavid – Zack Kassian
Joakim Nygard – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – James Neal
Jujhar Khaira- Colby Cave – Patrick Russell
Markus Granlund – Gaetan Haas – Tomas Jurco
Darnell Nurse – Ethan Bear
Oscar Klefbom – Joel Persson
Kris Russell – Matt Benning
Projected Kings Lines
Alex Iafallo – Anze Kopitar – Dustin Brown
Ilya Kovalchuk – Adrian Kempe – Jeff Carter
Austin Wagner – Blake Lizotte – Tyler Toffoli
Kyle Clifford – Mike Amadio – Trevor Lewis
Tobias Bjornfot – Drew Doughty
Alec Martinez – Matt Roy
Ben Hutton – Sean Walker