Edmonton Oilers (13-5-2) 1st, Pacific vs.
Dallas Stars (10-8-2) - 4th, Central
16 November 2019
200 PM MST
TV: Sportsnet West
Radio: 630 CHED
SIX MORE REASONS
Connor McDavid had a hat trick and three assists for the Oilers as they cruised to a 6-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins picked up a pair of goals, and Zack Kassian had one to make it a six pack on the night. Mike Smith turned aside 31 of 33 shots from Colorado, and everything went just about as good as you could hope for.
The Oilers are 21 games into the 2019-20 NHL season. They’re first in the Pacific. Read those last two sentences again, they feel good.
Today, the Oilers host a Stars club at an oddly timed 2 PM start. The Stars had a woeful start to the season, but have gone a spicy 8-1-1 as of late.
Oiler lineup:— Jack Michaels (@EdmontonJack) November 16, 2019
*Dave Tippett had alluded to some illness running through his team.
*Koskinen (6th in NHL in GAA & save pct) starts vs Dallas.
Stars expected lines in Edmonton:— Matthew DeFranks (@MDeFranks) November 16, 2019
Jim Montgomery said the Stars would skate seven defensemen during warmup, so we’ll see pairings then.
Bishop in net.
THREE THINGS TO LOOK FOR
- The Stars aren’t very good at scoring goals, but they’re very good at keeping them out of the net. Ben Bishop is sporting a .930 SV% right now, can the Oilers keep scoring like they did against the Avalanche?
- Mikko Koskinen gets back into the net after two games of Mike Smith. Koskinen has a nearly identical SV% of Ben Bishop (.928). Can he keep the Oilers afloat in this afternoon’s game?
- THE BIG GUNS: Not for nothing, but did you see Connor McDavid score three goals? Nugent-Hopkins score two? Even Zack Kassian picked one up. Everything’s better with six goals. Can the Oilers’ big guns keep putting the puck in the net this afternoon?
Let’s. Go. Oilers.