I expect the Oilers to turn a new page in Phoenix tonight. They struggled last year going 0-3-1 against the desert dogs, but I’ve got feeling (oooh-hooo) tonight’s going to be a good night.
The Coyotes are still without their starter Mike Smith who was injured during their game against the Blue Jackets, so Jason LaBarbera and Chad Johnson are sharing duties between the pipes. Raffi Torres is out on suspension so he won’t be super-manning any of our young stars.
It’s still early, but our talented youth have our powerplay ranking 2nd in the league and the team speed is bound to draw a penatly or two tonight. Certainly won’t complain if the crew can start producing more 5 on 5, but that will come.
Pair the potent power play with Devan Dubnyk standing on his head and success isn’t too far fetched. Taylor Hall has registered a point every game thus far, and I apologize for jinxing him.
Oh and uh, welcome back Khabibulun…
OILERS LINES (PROJECTED)
Hall – Nugent-Hopkins – Eberle
Yakupov – Gagner – Hemsky
Smyth – Horcoff – Petrell
Paajarvi – Belanger – Hartikainen
Smid – Petry
N. Schultz – J. Schultz
Whitney – Potter