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GAME THREAD: Game 29/56 - Edmonton Oilers vs. Ottawa Senators

#Oilers look to sweep the #Senators for like the third time this season on Friday night.

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


Edmonton Oilers (17-11-0, 3rd in North Division)


Ottawa Senators (9-19-1, 7th in North Division)

Where & When

Friday, March 12, 2021

Rogers Place

Edmonton, AB, Canada

7:00 PM MST

Watch & Listen

TV - Sportsnet West

Stream - Sportsnet Now

Radio - 630 CHED

SBN Counterpart: Silver Seven Sens

The Edmonton Oilers welcome the Ottawa Senators back to Rogers Place for the last time this season, and look to keep rolling after scoring a converted touchdown’s worth when they last met on Wednesday night.

Oh Baby

First and foremost, please join me in congratulating our main man, Jeff Chapman, on the birth of his son Bowie:

Keep your eyes peeled a few years down the line, prospect people.

Can’t Bear It

The rumor mill has been churning them out recently and Ethan Bear’s name has taken more than a few laps lately. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman joined Oilers Now’s Bob Stauffer to hopefully talk some sense into a man who is apparently fine with dealing a young, cost-controlled RHD who succeeded in top pair minutes last year.


Well, it took an injury but at least Caleb Jones is back in. Unfortunately for Evan Bouchard, though, William Lagesson will keep his place:

Look, I like Lagesson fine enough, and last game the numbers were quite kind to him when I checked at the second intermission. But he’s riding a 110+ PDO right now, on the ice for 6 goals for and only 2 against — good for 75% GF% — with an xGF% of only 49.46%.

I’d have them both in every night myself, but if Tippett isn’t going to do that then it’s hard for me to love seeing Lagesson take some of Bouchard’s reps away.

Run It Back

Same forward setup as last game. Devin Shore and Pat Russell retain their places while Dominik Kahun continues to miss out. I get the sentiment behind keeping a winning team together. I also believe in dressing your best players.