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GAME THREAD: Edmonton Oilers @ Pittsburgh Penguins

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Will an Evgeni Malkin suspension help propel the Oilers to a two point night?

Edmonton Oilers v Montreal Canadiens
81 points on the season for 97
Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images

Edmonton Oilers (24-26-5) (5th, Pacific)

Pittsburgh Penguins (29-20-7) (4th, Metro)

600 PM MST

PPG Paints Arena

TV: Sportsnet

Radio: 630 CHED

SB Nation Opponent: Pensburgh

Oilers embark on three game road trip starting in Pittsburgh

LINES

Leon Draisaitl - Connor McDavid - Zack Kassian

Jujhar Khaira - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Jesse Puljujarvi

Milan Lucic - Brad Malone - Alex Chiasson

Tobias Rieder - Colby Cave - Ty Rattie

Oscar Klefbom - Adam Larsson

Darnell Nurse - Kris Russell

Brandon Manning - Kevin Gravel

Mikko Koskinen

Cam Talbot

THREE THINGS TO LOOK FOR

  • The Oilers are a solid six points out of a playoff berth, and they’ve got four teams between them and that elusive second wild card spot. They have a clunker on this road trip, and you can send that sea bag back to shore. The Oilers get the benefit of playing Pittsburgh without Evgeni Malkin, who is serving a one game suspension for swinging his stick at Philadelphia’s Michael Raffl. Is it enough to swing a victory for the Oilers?
  • Mikko Koskinen gets the nod for Edmonton tonight, looking for his 15th win on the season. Can he put together a complete sixty minute game?
  • Zack Kassian is atop the right wing chart with Connor McDavid to his left. Good on Kassian getting rewarded with some top line time after scoring a goal last game, but it’s incredible to see how bereft the entire right side is on this club. Woof. Can Kassian keep the goals coming?