Oilers. Jackets. Battle of two big losers again, if I can put on my Mike Cammalleri hat for a moment. The Oilers have a bad habit of disappearing against bottom feeders. Hopefully after the big 5-0 loss versus 29th place Anaheim (at least at the time), the Oilers will be motivated not to have a new asshole torn by their boss again.
Taylor Hall, Sam Gagner and Ales Hemsky seem to have some magic going. Since the Nuge’s injury (which united the trio), Hall has had 4 goals, 1 assist in 6 games. Gagner has had 1 goals, 3 assists in that span. Hemsky has had 1 goal, 4 assists in that span. While those numbers aren’t superbly good, Hall has generated 27 shots, Gagner 12, and Hemsky 15 in that span. Hall is definitely giving his all to drag this team out of the depths of last place. Hemsky and Gagner have each played a pretty good game too. Between the three of them, they’ve accounted for about a third of this team’s shots in that 6 game span. I know I’d also recently in one of the games, 10 offensive chances were generated.. 6 by Hall, 4 by Hemsky. It’s obvious who is doing their part here… this team needs some other players to stand up though.
No word on lines, but I assume that Khabi will get this game tonight, since Dubnyk doesn’t seem to get consecutive games ever. He played pretty decently against the Kings though, so who knows.
Edit: Dubnyk does in fact start! No changes to the lineup at all.
Taylor Hall – Sam Gagner – Ales Hemsky
Anton Lander – Shawn Horcoff – Ryan Jones
Ryan Smyth – Ryan O’Marra – Magnus Paajarvi
Darcy Hordichuk – Josh Green – Ben Eager
Ladislav Smid – Jeff Petry
Theo Peckham – Corey Potter
Andy Sutton – Colten Teubert
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