The Oilers face the Blue Jackets tonight and for the first time this season. The Jackets have struggled almost all year, but they’ve shown a pulse in their last half-dozen-ish games.
In news recently for the Blue Jackets is Allan Walsh’s ripping of Columbus Blue Jackets coach Scott Arniel for his handling of Derick Brassard. Walsh is Brassard’s agent and has been very vocal in the past for other clients as well too. Some chatter out there suggests that the Oilers should take a crack at trading for him, to which I’ll say “no, thank you”. Too much money, too long a term, and nowhere near good enough production even if he did have a hot rookie year.
This one should be a game that the Oilers power through fairly handily, but we all know how those “easy” games can go. Hopefully the Oilers take the Blue Jackets more seriously than the Flames did last night! The Oilers are currently sitting in 11th in the conference, but are right in the mix. Every win is important from here on out.
Doobie starts tonight.
OILERS LINES (PROJECTED)
Smyth – Nugent-Hopkins – Eberle
Gagner – Horcoff – Hemsky
Paajarvi – Belanger – Jones
Hordichuk – O’Marra – Petrell
Smid – Gilbert
Whitney – Petry
Peckham – Sutton
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