The Oilers need a few wins right about now, and tonight seems as good a place as any to try and get a little stew goin’.
Edmonton lost to a better, deeper, and more facially hairy squad in St. Louis last time out. The Penguins are doing what they do, humming along to the tune of three straight wins coming in, posting twenty of them so far this year despite being without luminary Sidney Crosby for half of their games and counting.
Mike Smith gets the nod for the home team tonight in the first of two in two nights for his club, and will be looking to find a bit of form after dipping below 0.900 SV% recently. He was phenomenal in the reverse fixture, but that was quite a few pulls ago.
Pittsburgh is without Crosby, Justin Schultz and Stefan Noesen tonight, while Edmonton’s Matt Benning continues to miss out with a head injury.
Watch & Listen
Edmonton Oilers (19-14-4) vs Pittsburgh Penguins (20-10-4)
7:00 PM MST - Rogers Place, Edmonton, AB
Radio: 630 CHED
SBN Counterparts: Pensburgh
Projected Oilers Lines
Oiler lineup vs PIT:— Jack Michaels (@EdmontonJack) December 20, 2019
Smith (51 saves in Pitt Nov. 2) will start vs Penguins.
Projected Penguins Lines
Lines from practice in Edmonton yesterday before their call-ups today:
Guentzel - Malkin - Rust
Aston-Reese - McCann - Kahun
Simon - Blueger - Tanev
Galchenyuk - Blandisi - Lafferty
Johnson - Letang
Pettersson - Marino
Riikola - Ruhwedel
#Pens HCMS:— Josh Getzoff (@PensJG) December 20, 2019
- Jarry starts
- Anticipate DiPauli & Czuczman to be here on time for game; all lineup decisions are game-time
- all injured players back in PGH are “doing well”; Dumoulin is the only one of the group not skating. No target return date for any of the injured players