Edmonton Oilers (14-9-0, 2nd North Division)
Toronto Maple Leafs (16-4-2, 1st in North Division)
Where & When
Monday, March 1
Edmonton, AB, Canada
8:00 PM MST
Watch & Listen
TV - Sportsnet West
Stream - Sportsnet Now
Radio - 630 CHED
SBN Counterpart: Pension Plan Puppets
The Edmonton Oilers, who had their five-game winning streak snapped with gusto on Saturday night to the tune of a 4-0 shutout loss, are back in action tonight against the very team responsible, the North Division leading Toronto Maple Leafs. Early signs point to Mikko Koskinen () getting the start for Edmonton tonight but we’ll confirm closer to puck drop. Frederik Andersen was back on the ice for Leafs practice yesterday, so he could draw in as he works his way back from injury.
Today's @MapleLeafs practice lineup in Edmonton:— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) February 28, 2021
Andersen, Hutchinson, Woll
Matthews, who is nursing a wrist injury at the moment, was on the ice for practice but appeared to be taking reps with the extras rather than his usual charges. The Leafs didn’t even miss him the other night but, still, the Leafs should be more gettable with their best player sidelined. He still hasn’t been ruled out as of publishing time, but it’s been reported that he stayed late after practice which lowers the chances he goes tonight. Stay tuned.
Is Leon Draisaitl OK?
From TSN’s Ryan Rishaug during the last game:
Draisaitl sitting at 13:14 of ice time. He’s been missing some practices, and getting extra days off recently. Pretty clear he’s bothered by something right now, his usual explosiveness not quite there— Ryan Rishaug (@TSNRyanRishaug) February 28, 2021
A situation worth monitoring for sure. He’s well enough to suit up but he doesn’t necessarily look right and, at least anecdotally, hasn’t been shooting as often as we’ve come to expect lately.
Lucky Number Evan
First go-round Oilers D:— Bob Stauffer (@Bob_Stauffer) March 1, 2021
Koskinen in starters net
Evan Bouchard sat, IMO inexplicably, for both Kris and Patrick Russell on Saturday night. Bouchard’s had some wobbly moments, as you might expect from a guy getting his first real taste of every-night action in the NHL, but he possesses skills that should see him in the lineup every single night.
It looks like that the Oilers finally found their number one defenseman! Actually seriously, Bouchard is really playing very well! Even small sample size still, there is no reason to scratched him again how Tippett did it in the last game. pic.twitter.com/y6NMI3CB5M— Andy & Rono (@HockeyStatsCZ) March 1, 2021
This is good. Even better is that Caleb Jones retains his place on P2. Less exciting is Tyson Barrie retaining his place on P1. But, we’re getting there.