Edmonton Oilers (30-30-7) (5th, Pacific)
Toronto Maple Leafs (41-21-5) (3rd, Atlantic)
5 PM MST
TV: CBC, Sportsnet
Radio: 630 CHED
SB Nation Opponent: Pension Plan Puppets
The drive for five is on. The Oilers will have to make it happen against a tough Atlantic Division foe, and they’ll need to do it with a goaltender who hasn’t made a start since mid-February when he was in Philadelphia. No sweat, right?
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins / Connor McDavid / Zack Kassian
Alex Chiasson / Leon Draisaitl / Sam Gagner
Ty Rattie / Colby Cave / Josh Currie
Tobias Rieder / Kyle Brodziak / Jujhar Khaira
Oscar Klefbom / Adam Larsson
Darnell Nurse / Kris Russell
Andrej Sekera / Matt Benning
THREE THINGS TO LOOK FOR
- Everybody is out today. Notably: Milan Lucic is out, Ty Rattie gets a bump to 3LW in his absence. Mikko Koskinen is ill as well, so bring on the dancing Anthony Stolarz. It will be Stolarz’ first start since being dealt to the Oilers in a deal that saw Cam Talbot go to Philadelphia. U of A’s Kenny Cameron was to back up Stolarz, but Koskinen will be there if things get wonky.
- Zack Kassian looks for his fifth goal in five games. Normally I would advocate against Kassian on the top line, but he’s getting it done for now. Ride the wave, young man.
- The Oilers are out of the second wild card berth by 7 points. They can shave two off that number with a win tonight. Minnesota got shellacked by the Panthers yesterday by a 6-2 score. Now’s your chance to make up some ground.
Let’s. Go. Oilers.