First off, I didn’t do the pic above.. credit goes to @zackhennawi on Twitter. So send him your props if you had a good laugh at this like I did. Very appropriate… this team doesn’t really have an enforcer at all, so there are a few jokes that the enforcer is Gagner since he isn’t afraid to fight anyone, and will generally hold his own. Last night, “Samnorris” took on Brenden Dillon, who is 5″ taller and has about 20 lbs. on him. It wasn’t much of a fight though, but still good to see him stand up for himself. Also good to see Mark Fistric not only nail Jaromir Jagr with a big hit, but knock Antoine Roussel on his ass after he tried to goad Ryan Nugent-Hopkins into a fight. Note to Roussel: if you’re going to try to fight a star player, make sure you’re the biggest guy on the ice at the time. I’m guessing that by going after the Nuge he was hoping that Taylor Hall would oblige him again (which he likely would have, had Fistric not been there to restore calm).
So, after a 5-1 road win, how do you follow this up? With another win, of course. The Oilers have always been piss poor at stringing wins together, however. This is another one of many tests for them. They got a point in a bad game in Chicago… they won big in Dallas.. now win one in St. Louis, and you’re back in the race. A win tonight, and the Oilers will bump into 10th spot, just above Dallas. Every game counts this year, especially now… they have to be smelling blood and wanting this bad in order to have a hope at the playoffs. Everyone suspected this road trip would kill them, especially after a fairly pathetic home stand.
Again, I’ll throw out.. “hello… Peckham?”. I’m going to guess that Potter will be out for this one after having his face mashed on the dasher. Will Dubnyk get the nod again after a rock solid game yesterday? Wouldn’t be his first back to back this year.
Update: Whitney and Peckham will play as Corey Potter is out, as is Mark Fistric (elbow).
OILERS LINES (GUESSTIMATED)
Hall – Nuge – Eberle
Jones – Gagner – Hemsky
Smyth – Belanger – Yakupov
Eager – Vande Velde – Petrell
N. Schultz – J. Schultz
Smid – Petry
Whitney – Peckham
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