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GAME PREVIEW: Game 36/56 Edmonton Oilers @ Toronto Maple Leafs

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Oilers look to split two game series with Leafs after OTL on Saturday night

Edmonton Oilers v Toronto Maple Leafs Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images

Edmonton Oilers (21-13-1, 3rd in North) @

Toronto Maple Leafs (22-10-2, 1st in North)

29 March 2021

Scotiabank Arena

5 PM MST

TV: Sportsnet

Radio: 630 CHED

SB Nation Opponent: Pension Plan Puppets

Up 3-1, the Oilers allowed two goals with under eight minutes remaining in the third as the Leafs sent this one to overtime. Auston Matthews would quickly put the Leafs up permanently as the Oilers would grab just one point en route to a 4-3 overtime loss. Leon Drasaitl would emerge with three points on the night (1-2-3) including a beautiful no-look pass to Tyson Barrie for a goal, Connor McDavid would end with a pair of assists and Mike Smith turned aside some giant saves though he would pick up an OTL for the first time this season.

The Oilers and Leafs will hook up for the final time in this regular season tonight. Can the Oilers pick up two points and inch closer to Toronto in the standings?

Let’s go to the tape.

THE OILERS ARE SAYING

“I thought we actually played fairly solid for the most part...We led by two with seven minutes left or whatever it was, you have got to just shut it down, so it’s on us.”

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That’s Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl on his club’s 4-3 OTL to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday.

The Oilers were rusty after being off for a week. They got some help from Darnell Nurse and Tyson Barrie along with a goal from Leon Draisaitl, but the Leafs were hitting posts like it was their job. The Oilers picked up a point on Saturday, they’ll look for twice that amount tonight.

THE LEAFS ARE SAYING

“I’m not going to sugarcoat it, I just didn’t have it tonight, and I think that’s what a really great team does is pick guys up...They picked me up tonight and just led the way. I’m really proud of the boys. Just the whole game though, I didn’t like my game one bit. We won the hockey game, so it makes it a little bit easier.”

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That’s Leafs goaltender Jacak Campbell on his performance in Toronto’s 4-3 overtime win on Saturday.

Campbell only faced 20 shots and turned aside just 17, but he remains perfect with a 6-0-0 record and a .945 SV% on the year. There’s a good chance we see him again tonight.

HAVE SOME OF THIS

  • NO TIME LEFT FOR YOU: Miss last night’s news? The Oilers are completing one of their postponed games from last week tomorrow night in Montréal. Yeah, I’m wild about the Oilers having to play the Habs on no rest after the Leafs. The other two games that were postponed will be tacked onto the end of the schedule in mid-May. Hoping that the Oilers have a playoff berth locked up prior to then, because the middle of May could be a nail biter.
  • This is the last regular season hook up for the Oilers and Leafs. Edmonton is probably quite happy to have it end. Should the Oilers win tonight, they’ll have 3 wins in 9 games. If they’re going to win one, tonight’s a good one to win.
  • Connor McDavid’s 2 point effort takes him to 62 points on the season. If he scores an average of two points in every game from here to the end of the regular season, he’ll eclipse the 100-points-in-56-games mark. Under further press ink is Leon Draisaitl. Draisaitl had a three point night to bring his season total to 53 points. 90 points would still be an astronomical number for Leon, and it’s very much within his reach.
  • Our player to watch last game for Toronto was Willian Nylander. Nylander had eight points in seven contests versus the Oilers this season. Nylander had a goal and an assist to make it 10 points in 8 games. He’ll remain the guy to keep an eye on tonight.
  • NET GAINS: For the Oilers, Mikko Koskinen ought to get the start tonight (9-10-0, .903 SV% / 3.11 GAA). The Maple Leafs are likely to counter again with Jack Campbell (6-0-0, .945 SV% / 1.48 GAA / 2 SO)