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Limited engagement for the DRY line as Nugent-Hopkins is back to familiar territory with Connor McDavid

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Hopefully you enjoyed the limited engagement that was the DRY line on Wednesday night, because it might be a while before we see the band back together again.

The only line that produced a goal during the Oilers’ three game set against the Toronto Maple Leafs was broken up in practice today. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was back on the first line with Connor McDavid and Jesse Puljujärvi, while Dominik Kahun found himself on the second line with Leon Draisaitl and Kailer Yamamoto. The top line is still a force to be reckoned with, even if they didn’t show well against Toronto. If we can move on from the three game series with the Maple Leafs, we see there’s a game against Calgary on Saturday night followed by three games against the Ottawa Senators next week. I suppose it’s possible that Connor McDavid could go four games without scoring a point, it’s just that I wouldn’t bet on it.

The bottom six is where things get a little bit tricky. Specifically, the line of Devin Shore / Jujhar Khaira / Josh Archibald leaves me wondering what’s going on with Tyler Ennis. Shore is an OK option as a 13th forward, but Ennis was skating with the extras today. A Shore / Khaira / Archibald line really looks like the line blender is out and running. We’ll see if something similar is in play tomorrow night.

ON BLUE

Yeah I’m lost here. Caleb Jones and Ethan Bear on a pair is probably your best pair (not the fourth best pair) on defence among these four pairs, though it’s clear that Coach really likes Darnell Nurse and Tyson Barrie up top. A duo of Lagesson and Larsson is probably a third pair, and whatever you plan on doing with Kris Russell probably doesn’t belong in the same room as Evan Bouchard. I’d **love** to see more Evan Bouchard, but you’re really limiting yourself if you plan on teaming him up with Kris Russell. Russell is the eighth best player on that slate of defencemen, and it seems counterproductive to team him up with the young Bouchard.

The Oilers face off against the Calgary Flames tomorrow night at Rogers Place. Edmonton looks to get back into the business of scoring goals after scoring just one goal over the last 180 minutes of play.