Edmonton Oilers (15-11-0, 3rd in North Division)
Ottawa Senators (9-17-1, 7th in North Division)
Where & When
Monday, March 8, 2021
Edmonton, AB, Canada
7:00 PM MST
Watch & Listen
TV - Sportsnet West
Stream - Sportsnet Now
Radio - 630 CHED
SBN Counterpart: Silver Seven Sens
Perfection is on the line tonight as the Oilers and their 4-0-0 record against Ottawa welcome those same, apparently surging, Senators to Rogers Place for their fifth meeting of the season.
Edmonton is fresh off a strong third period en route to a comeback win over their most hated rivals, the Calgary Flames, on Saturday while Ottawa is fresh off of beating those exact same losers 4-3 in OT just last night.
Mikko Koskinen (7-9-0, 0.897 SV%) will return to the crease for the Oilers while Matt Murray (7-11-1, 0.885 SV%) is projected to go for Ottawa despite starting last night.
OTT is 7-5-0 since last meeting EDM. They beat Calgary thrice in the last 11 days.— Bruce McCurdy (@BruceMcCurdy) March 8, 2021
They are definitely not a pushover
Ottawa appears to be less of a joke today than they were in weeks past. Edmonton seems to be thinking the same thing, opting to keep Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, and Kailer Yamamoto together for tonight’s game after their — admittedly, excellent — performance in the third period Saturday night.
Who’s on Third Line?
Archibald is out tonight. Day-to-day with an upper body injury.— Reid Wilkins (@ReidWilkins) March 8, 2021
Josh Archibald will miss out through injury. No word just yet on who will draw in for him on the third line. Dominik Kahun was an extra in yesterday’s practice but his status remains up in the air. Maybe that’s Joakim Nygard’s music? Tyler Ennis will make his return to the lineup tonight but not on L3, as he’s slated to skate to the left of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jesse Puljujarvi on the new-look second line.
I Like Big Butts
With a grin, Jesse Puljujarvi said around the net and in the corners he can be stronger and "use my big butt."— Reid Wilkins (@ReidWilkins) March 7, 2021
That’s our boy, Jesse Puljujarvi, talking about using his assets to create space in the trenches. Love that guy.
Make it Make Sense
Tippett on Puljuarvi: "He's probably our most consistent guy at getting to the front of the net, creating battles in front of the net."— Reid Wilkins (@ReidWilkins) March 7, 2021
Sure, OK, I’m with you.
Tippett just had a stern chat with the group about going to the net hard, said they aren’t creating enough chances off of getting to the net. Much more chill than the other day’s chat, but equally colourful in descriptors.— Ryan Rishaug (@TSNRyanRishaug) March 7, 2021
OK, great. Good identification.
But then why is Jesse Puljujarvi, their most consistent guy at getting to the net, missing out on top unit PP time in favor of Alex Chiasson, a guy they barely play in any other circumstance?!
Square that for me.