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GAME THREAD: Edmonton Oilers vs. Florida Panthers

Oilers look to right the ship with a win tonight, but they’ll face a visit from Panthers who are ill-tempered after a loss in Calgary

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Edmonton Oilers (18-15-2), 7th, Pacific

Florida Panthers (26-8-5), 2nd Atlantic

20 January 2022

Rogers Place

7 PM MT

TV: Sportsnet

Radio: 630 CHED

SB Nation Opponent: Litter Box Cats

The Florida Panthers visit the Oilers for Edmonton’s first game since January 15th. The Oilers have won exactly two games since December 1st, and zero in over a calendar month. The Panthers are coming off a 5-1 loss to Calgary on Tuesday, and will likely be in a foul mood tonight. Will a hungry Oilers club take two points against an Atlantic division foe?

THREE THINGS TO LOOK FOR

  • IN GOAL: Mike Smith is injured, and Stuart Skinner is in Covid protocol. That brings Mikko Koskinen back to the crease tonight. Koskinen (12-7-1, .900 SV% / 3.19 GAA) will get his first start since January 3rd, a 4-1 loss to the Rangers. He’ll face a tough opponent in the Florida Panthers who are scoring over 4 goals a game on the season.
  • TOP SIX FIX? With Zach Hyman out in Covid protocol, Warren Foegele, Connor McDavid and Kailer Yamamoto are expected to be featured on the top line tonight. Brendan Perlini is likely to get a look in the top six along with Leon Draisaitl and Jesse Puljujärvi. The Oilers are averaging just about two goals in their last ten games, can this mix open the floodgates?
  • Kris Russell is back from IR. William Lagesson was waived on Tuesday in order to make some room. Lagesson made it to Bakersfield, as Cowboy rides once again.

Hey, let’s all have some fun out there tonight.