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Oscar Klefbom is back. Is it enough to stop Edmonton’s five game winless streak?

Edmonton Oilers v Florida Panthers
FINALLY
Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images

Edmonton Oilers (23-24-5) (6th, Pacific)

Chicago Blackhawks (20-24-9) (7th, Central)

700 PM MST

United Center

TV: Sportsnet West

Radio: 630 CHED

SB Nation Opponent: Second City Hockey

Oilers get Oscar Klefbom back not a moment too soon.

LINES

Milan Lucic - Connor McDavid - Ty Rattie

Tobias Rieder - Leon Draisaitl - Alex Chiasson

Jujhar Khaira - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Zack Kassian

Brad Malone - Kyle Brodziak - Jesse Puljujarvi

Oscar Klefbom - Adam Larsson

Darnell Nurse - Kris Russell

Kevin Gravel - Matt Benning

Cam Talbot

Mikko Koskinen

THREE THINGS TO LOOK FOR

  • See what happens when you put Oscar Klefbom back into the lineup? The defence pairs look almost passable. Klefbom will play in his first game since blocking a shot that broke a finger back nearly two months ago on December 11th.
  • Drake Caggiula will face off against the Oilers for the first time since being dealt to the Blackhawks at the end of 2018. He’s got four points (1-3-4) in ten games since being dealt.
  • SCOREBOARD WATCHING: Oilers need to win tonight. They also need the Canucks to loses, the Blues to lose, it would be helpful if the Ducks could keep losing, and what the hell, the Wild could lose too and I wouldn’t lose much sleep over it.