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Sounds like Sheldon Souray is out (still suffering the effects of being slammed into the end boards by Jarome Iginla while chasing after a puck), but Steve Staios is in. Jim Matheson has a good write-up in the Edmonton Journal about Iginla taking Souray into the boards on Thursday.
The Canadiens are coming off a huge 7-1 loss to the Canucks. Look for them to try and redeem themselves with a better compete level tonight.
Here are the projected line-ups for tonight:
Edmonton Oilers Projected Line-Up
Montreal Canadiens Projected Line-Up
Oilers go to the wire, again. They held a 3-0 leading for a while and I thought they might run away with it until Gionta scored. The goal that didn’t happen (the one that was disallowed because it didn’t actually go in) was just one of many spectacular saves by The Wall. He’s starting to show his worth. It’s been like a slow warm up with him. The first game he was pretty shakey and scared us. The next game he was good, but not quite there. Against Calgary he was quite good, but still a few got by him (albeit all tip ins). But tonight, the score was 3-0 for a while because of Khabibulin’s spectacular play. Some great saves tonight, and I’m starting to see why we signed this guy.. even if he is overpriced.
So again, I’ll say it… we’re 2-1-1 now this year, and could have easily been 4-0… and this would be a lot more telling of how this season has started than when we started 4-0 last year. The Oilers are off to a great start so far.. I’m really liking what I see of this team. You’re going to eat crow, MacT lovers!