It has been so long since the last Oilers game (4 days off) that I got accustomed to no Oilers hockey, and almost forgot there was a game tonight.
Tonight the Oil face the Coyotes. The Coyotes sit just above the Oilers in the West standings at 9th place, with 2 more points. So I’d say this is an important game, not that they all aren’t.
We should see the return of both Taylor Hall and Corey Potter, which is fan-fuckingtastic news for a team that’s had a bit of a tough go in their last 10. The Oilers are in a small bind though… they have 24 bodies on their roster if Hall and Potter return. That means they need to send someone down. Who do they send down? Obvious choices are: Anton Lander, Lennart Petrell, Magnus Paajarvi, or Colten Teubert. Who goes? I say Paajarvi. Will he though? Wonder what Omark would suggest on this…
Devan Dubnyk will get the start tonight. Tom Renney says “he’s just tired”, in regards to Nikolai Khabibulin. Is it really a back-to-back start for Dubnyk if he had 4 nights of rest? I don’t think so. Anyways, this stuff about Khabi is definitely a concern. Perhaps they are just being overly cautious (which has been the theme with a few guys this year), but it doesn’t sound so good. But sure… rest him up. Hopefully Dubnyk can find his game again.
Gagner – Nugent-Hopkins – Eberle
Hall – Horcoff – Hemsky
Smyth – Belanger – Jones
Eager – Lander – Petrell
Smid – Gilbert
Whitney – Petry
Peckham – Potter
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