Edmonton Oilers (21-17-5) 4th, Pacific vs
Boston Bruins (24-7-11) 1st, Atlantic
04 January 2020
TD Bank Garden
1100 AM MST
Radio: 630 CHED
SB Nation Opponent: Stanley Cup of Chowder
The Oilers picked up a point in Buffalo, but they’ll face an even tougher task as they’re in Boston to take on the Bruins. The Bruins lead the Atlantic by eight points over the Leafs, while the Oilers are in the middle of things in the Pacific. Can the Oilers upset the Bruins for two points this afternoon?
Same lines as in Buffalo, Mike Smith will get the nod today.
Klefbom present and accounted for in today’s pregame skate. So, lineup at BUF:— Jack Michaels (@EdmontonJack) January 2, 2020
THREE THINGS TO LOOK FOR
- Mike Smith is getting his second consecutive start for the first time since November 21 and 23. Coincidentally, November 23rd was Mike Smith’s last win. Can Mike Smith shut the door against the Bruins?
- SECONDS: The second line of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Leon Draisaitl and Kailer Yamamoto generated a goal against the Sabres on Thursday night. Small sample size, but good things tend to happen with this trio on the ice. More please.
- AFTERNOON DELIGHT? Oh yeah, it’s an afternoon game. There’s a chequered history between the Oilers and day games, but it was Mike Smith who turned aside 51 shots for a big afternoon win in Pittsburgh. That’s got to be worth something, right?