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Oilers begin their difficult SE road trip with a game against Lightning in Tampa Bay tonight. Benson recalled, Neal placed on IR, and MORE!

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Morning, everyone!

The Oilers are in Tampa Bay tonight to play their second game without their captain Connor McDavid. Last time out Leon Draisaitl’s line, with Kailer Yamamoto and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, carried the mail en route to a 4-3 victory over Chicago. But Tampa Bay is a different animal altogether. It’ll require a few more hands on deck to get out of this one with any points.

Tyler Benson was recalled yesterday and looks to draw in tonight, as the Oilers placed James Neal on injured reserve retroactive to January 30 and McDavid and Nygard also out.

Bob Stauffer continues to float former Oiler Anton Slepyshev’s name out into the ether as a possible addition for next season, noting that Oilers GM Ken Holland spoke to him at some point this season about the possibility. Slepyshev’s having a career year in the KHL this season and just yesterday tied CSKA’s franchise record for longest point streak (14 games).

Speaking of Ken Holland, the Oilers are barreling toward the Trade Deadline, and likely need to bolster their lineup if they want to do any damage come Spring. Who might Holland be looking at?

Jesse Puljujarvi. That’s it, that’s the tweet.

It’s GAMEDAY out East tonight, so you know what that means — early puck drop and, of course, our GAME PREVIEW and GAME THREAD posts dropping later. Wheel it back around and we’ll see you then!

From Us

Oilers recall Tyler Benson; James Neal placed on IR (Copper and Blue)

Hot Links: Wednesday, February 12 (Copper and Blue)

Leon Scores Four Points, Oilers Take Two Points In 5-3 Win Over Blackhawks (Copper and Blue)

Tracking the western conference (Copper and Blue)

From Elsewhere

2019-20 Game 57: Oilers At Lightning (Lowetide)

A Look Ahead (Oilersnation)

Oilers Looking At Anton Slepyshev? (Oilers Rig)

Weekly Rumours: Oilers Staying Out Of The Rental Market? (Oilersnation)

Oilers Youngster Yamamoto Has Been A Huge Spark For NHL Leading Scorer Draisaitl (Sun)

It’s Leon Draisaitl’s Time To Shine (Oilersnation)

31 Thoughts: Will NHL Players Suit Up At 2022 Winter Games? (Sportsnet)

Jesse Puljujarvi’s Season In Finland Shows The Book Isn’t Closed On Him As A NHL Player (Oilersnation)

For Money

10 Overlooked Trade Targets For The Oilers Before The 2020 Deadline (Athletic)