Mikko Koskinen will start game 2 against the Blackhawks.
Game one was not kind to many Oilers. The defence was lacklustre, the goaltending was suspect, and the Blackhawks took advantage quickly. While the Oilers got on the board early in game one, Chicago took over almost immediately afterwards.
After Mike Smith yielded his fifth goal on 23 shots, he was replaced with Koskinen. Koskinen allowed one goal for the remainder of the game, and will rightly get the start tonight in game 2.
Bob Stauffer didn’t exactly come out and say that someone was going to replace Zack Kassian on the top line, but he did hint that either James Neal or Josh Archibald may see more ice time. I’d imagine Archibald has the inside track ahead of James Neal, who would more likely be a bottom six option.
Will we see the Ryan Nugent-Hopkins / Leon Draisaitl / Kailer Yamamoto line reunite? We’ll find out in a little more than seven hours. Oilers have to hit the ground running tonight or else they could be looking down the barrel of an 0-2 series