Tonight is an exciting night for “the Nuge”. It was originally reported that he was playing with Hemsky and Smyth tonight, but it turns out he’ll be playing with what is possibly going to be the line of the Oilers future one day. The bookends for Ryan Nugent-Hopkins tonight will be none other than Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle. This should make for a very exciting, dynamic trio. It would seem that RNH is a very responsible forward. I think Taylor Hall has a tendency to try to back check hard as well too. It’s hard not to think that these guys will get killed against most teams’ top lines, but now is the time to give it a test.
Smyth and Hemsky will be centered tonight by Shawn Horcoff, a line of the past which has said to still have great chemistry. I know Hemsky was pretty stoked about playing with “The Nuge” (and vice versa.. probably more so), but these guys should pick up where they left off quite easily.
Khabibulin will get the start and we can only hope that he builds off of the performance that we saw vs. Calgary.
Tonight’s game is a webcast, folks, which mean’s you’ll have to watch it on the Oilers Website.
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