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GAME THREAD: Game 12/56 - Edmonton Oilers vs. Ottawa Senators

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Oilers look to win three straight for the first time in 2021 against a hapless Senators outfit still searching for their second win of the season.

Ottawa Senators v Edmonton Oilers Photo by Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images

Who

Edmonton Oilers (5-6-0, 5th in North Division)

-vs-

Ottawa Senators (1-7-1, 7th in North Division)

Where & When

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Rogers Place

Edmonton, AB, Canada

8:00 PM MST

Watch & Listen

TV - Sportsnet West

Stream - Sportsnet Now

Radio - 630 CHED

SBN Counterpart: Silver Seven Sens


The Oilers have a glorious opportunity to get their first three-game win streak of the season — and get back to 0.500 — tonight when they take on the objectively terrible Ottawa Senators. Mikko Koskinen (4-6-0, 0.895 SV%) will return to mind Edmonton’s net after a welcome night off and Marcus Hogberg (0-3-0, 0.845 SV%) will get the nod for Ottawa.

Mr. Nobot

Ottawa will once again be without Thomas Chabot for tonight’s matchup. He missed the first game between these two teams the other night, and his absence was notable. Ottawa doesn’t have enough good players with Chabot healthy, and without him? They’re a mess. Edmonton wasn’t even good and they scored eight goals. It could be another rough outing for the Senators if Edmonton plays even a little bit better tonight.

*UPDATE:*

Uh so obviously Chabot is in.

Old Man Bouchard

If you squint you can see Evan Bouchard’s name penciled onto the... second?!? pairing with... Kris Russell?!? Adjust your expectations accordingly. Imagine like if someone gave Rickie Fowler a hamburger to tee off with on #1, in lieu of the club or the ball. That should help.

Also, I’m not sure just who Caleb Jones hurt, but he’s clearly in short leash territory with Dave Tippett so far this season. He comes out for Slater Koekkoek tonight.

Three Things To Look For

  • How will Mikko Koskinen fare after a bit of rest? Koskinen looked to be wearing down a little bit given his busy start to the season, and now he’s a fair few percentage points below even his career average SV%. At some point, you’d hope that starts to rebound.
  • Jesse Puljujarvi’s status as ‘the best option at RW beside Connor McDavid’ is once again being debated. Hopefully tonight he takes the skin off the net and puts a couple of points on the board. For his sake. I want to see it, but I don’t need to see it. Not yet. I believe.
  • Gaetan Haas was good in his season debut on Sunday. Can he repeat that performance tonight and cement his status as the team’s best bottom six center?

LFG.