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GAME PREVIEW: Game 27/56 Edmonton Oilers vs Ottawa Senators

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Oilers host the Senators for the first of three

Toronto Maple Leafs v Edmonton Oilers
Reunited?
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Edmonton Oilers (15-11-0, 3rd in North) vs.

Ottawa Senators (9-17-1, 7th in North)

08 March 2021

Rogers Place

7 PM MST

TV: Sportsnet West

Radio: 630 CHED

SB Nation Opponent: Silver Seven

PATCHING OVER THE FLAMES

Like a minty burst of mouthwash, the Oilers took their recent frustrations out on the Calgary Flames this past Saturday night. The Oilers were down on two separate occasions, but they fought back with goals from Jesse Puljujärvi, another from Kailer Yamamoto and a late one from the Captain to put the club over the hump. Mike Smith turned aside 34 shots en route to his seventh win of the season, and the ugly trio of games versus the Leafs is all but an ugly afterthought. The Oilers are back in the win column, and they’re taking on a Senators club that defeated those same Calgary Flames last night.

One win is nice. Can the Oilers get back on a run with a win tonight?

Let’s go to the tape.

THE OILERS ARE SAYING

Jesse Puljujärvi is rewarded with the club’s first goal. It’s his seventh goal of the season and it was right in Jacob Markstrom’s kitchen after a nifty little play by Kris Russell at the point. Russell held the puck for a split second before putting it on net. Puljujärvi was there to clean it up to bring the Oilers back to even late in the second period.

THE SENATORS ARE SAYING

“Something we talked about before the game, that first five, 10 minutes to keep it as simple as possible...We haven’t started very well on the road, and that was something we addressed”

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That’s Senators forward Connor Brown after Ottawa’s 4-3 shootout victory over the Flames last night.

Ottawa dug themselves a ginormous hole to begin the season by going 1-8-1, but they’ve quietly put together five wins in their last eight games.

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  • The DRY line came, and the DRY line went. If yesterday’s practice looks anything like today, Coach Tippett might be getting the band back together. The first line of Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid is going to be a quick shot in the arm for a club that is probably still reeling a bit from their lacklustre goal total against the Leafs. I don’t think it’s much more than a temporary slide for Draisaitl and McDavid to help get the goal party going again. Tippett will look like a genius if that second line clicks.
  • Tyler Ennis should be an every game player on this club. Shore is a fun energy option but Ennis shouldn’t sit again on this year’s club. Dominik Kahun getting crossed off the list for Shore doesn’t look right either, but Kahun hasn’t put up a point since February 23rd when he scored a pair against the Canucks and is coming off an injury.
  • As previously mentioned, the Senators aren’t looking bad in recent games. They’ve won five of their last eight, they’ve taken it to Calgary three times, and they’re scoring goals. If they can learn how to surrender less than four goals a game (they’re last in the league at 3.89), they’ll be doing OK.
  • ONE TO WATCH: Ryan Dzingel is back for his second tour of duty with the Senators. Coming from Carolina, Dzingel made his second Senators debut on Thursday and scored a goal against the Flames. He scored another one in Ottawa’s 4-3 shootout win over the very same Flames.
  • NET GAINS: Mikko Koskinen was in the starter’s crease during practice yesterday, and it’s a fair bet he gets a turn tonight (7-9-0, .897, 3.39 GAA). Matt Murray picked up the win last night in Calgary (7-11-1, .885 SV% / 3.66 GAA), it’ll be Joey Daccord (0-1-0, .909 SV% / 2.51 GAA) if the Senators rest Murray.
  • STANDINGS: A win tonight would vault the Oilers back into second place over the idle Jets. Winnipeg will face the Leafs tomorrow.
  • SCRATCHES: For the Oilers, Zack Kassian is still week to week, while William Lagesson is still listed as day-to-day. The Senators will be without goaltender Marcus Hogberg who is listed as week-to-week, while Derek Stepan is out for the season with a shoulder injury.