Well, it’s officially a winter wonderland here now. The hockey season can start for real now. What Oilers team will we see tonight? The one that has been near perfect in the early goings? Or the one that has seemingly forgotten what they were doing during that time. The long rodeo road trip is over, finally time for a home game… let’s hope that the Oilers get things back on track starting now. Taylor Hall has been suffering without a goal for 8 games now. Perhaps with Tom Renney being able to get the match up he wants, Hall might start scoring again. I’m not sure if that really is even the problem, or if he’s just suffering from a plain old sophomore jinx. At any rate, I hope he snaps out of it soon, as this team really needs him to score. On the flip side, this team really needs Nikolai Khabibulin to making those impossible saves again, as he’s looked more mortal as of late.
Tonight Sam Gagner will watch from the press box. Anton Lander draws back in on the fourth line, with Ben Eager and Lennart Petrell playing book-ends. Eric Belanger bumps back up to line 3, with Magnus Paajarvi and Ryan Jones manning the wings. The rest of the line up remains untouched.
Prediction: I’m starting to think I’m bad luck. I’ll just keep it quiet tonight and we’ll see what happens.
OILERS LINES (PROJECTED)
Hall – Nugent-Hopkins – Hemsky
Smyth – Horcoff – Eberle
Paajarvi – Belanger – Jones
Eager – Lander – Petrell
Smid – Gilbert
Sutton – Potter
Peckham – Petry
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