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GAME PREVIEW: Game 24/56 Edmonton Oilers vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

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Oilers will need to do a lot better than zero goals to challenge Toronto

Toronto Maple Leafs v Edmonton Oilers Photo by Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images

Edmonton Oilers (14-9-0, 2nd in North) vs.

Toronto Maple Leafs (15-4-2, 1st in North)

01 March 2021

Rogers Place

8 PM MST

TV: Sportsnet One, Sportsnet West, Sportsnet Oilers

Radio: 630 CHED

SB Nation Opponent: Pension Plan Puppets

ZERO IS NOT A GOOD NUMBER TO HAVE

Zero is a pretty popular number these days. The Oilers yielded zero goals to the Canucks on Thursday night, it was Toronto’s turn to hang the zero on Edmonton on Saturday. Edmonton failed to solve goaltender Jack Campbell even once in their 4-0 loss. Campbell put up 30 saves to seal the deal, while four different Maple Leafs lit the lamp en route to a win.

The Oilers look to turn the tables on Toronto and get back in the win column tonight. Scoring some goals would go a long way, can the Oilers make it happen?

Let’s go to the tape.

THE OILERS ARE SAYING

“We weren’t sharp enough,...They played a strong game, and we weren’t sharp enough to win. We got beat. You have to use this as a lesson, same as those games we were winning in different ways. We had a couple of chances early, but we weren’t sharp and didn’t capitalize on anything”

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That’s Oilers head coach Dave Tippett on his club’s 4-0 loss to the Maple Leafs on Saturday night.

All the credit in the world goes to Leafs goaltender Jack Campbell. Campbell hung a doughnut on 30 saves after missing a month with a leg injury. Oilers couldn’t get much going, and it showed on the scorecard.

THE MAPLE LEAFS ARE SAYING

“Our power play gets one, and we don’t take any penalties and we were able to do a good job and not give anything easy for their top guys. That was really good. And we scored a goal in each period too, and we got three goals from three different lines. We got great goaltending, our power play was perfect, and our penalty kill didn’t have to work today, so it’s a real good win for us today.”

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That’s Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe on his club’s 4-0 win on Saturday.

William Nylander opened the scoring for the Maple Leafs in the first period. It was Toronto’s only power play, and the only power play in the game.

HAVE SOME OF THIS

  • Mike Smith looked human after yielding four goals in Saturday’s loss. I’d expect Mikko Koskinen to get the nod tonight, though neither goalie can do much if the club doesn’t score at least a couple. Michael Hutchinson (2-1-0, .924 SV%) will go for Toronto tonight.
  • Coach Tippett went back to six defencemen in Saturday’s game, it came at the expense of Evan Bouchard. There’s at least one defenceman I can think of that can probably be sat with some comfort in favour of Bouchard. Hint: He’s playing more ice time than Caleb Jones.
  • KEEPING UP WITH CALEB JONES: Caleb Jones played 16:27 on Saturday which is quite a bit more than he played his last game when he racked up less than eleven minutes of ice time, though it was tied with Adam Larsson for fewest minutes among all defencemen. I’ve got to think that Jones has to be working up to that second line on a full time basis in the next game or two.
  • The club needs to put Bear with Nurse ASAP. Darnell Nurse and Tyson Barrie are great if every fourth shot is a goal for the good guys. When that dries up, it’s going to be a red light district in the Oiler end.
  • SCRATCHES: For the Oilers, Zack Kassian is week-to-week and Slater Koekkoek is out long term. William Lagesson is day-to-day. Auston Matthews and Frederik Andersen are day-to-day for the Maple Leafs, while Wayne Simmonds is week-to-week with a wrist injury.