I should caution that it’s just pre-season and they’ve only played 2 games, but let’s all snicker that the Canucks are sitting at the basement of the Pacific currently. OK, it’s not likely they’ll stay there very long. The Oilers and Canucks meet yet again, this time at Rexall. The Oilers won the last one pretty handily, by a score of 4-1 after what looked like the start of a repeat of the last game of the season. After Luongo was mercifully yanked, the came calmed down. Eriksson played a perfect period, stopping 9 of 9 shots he faced. You have to wonder if he’ll get the start tonight (or another backup) since the Oilers seem to have Luongo’s number, as of late.
The Oilers just tweeted out the lines.. they are below. I am really excited to see Jujhar Khaira in non-grainy, HD goodness. He is one of the more promising players coming up in the Oilers system. He’ll play with Yakupov on one side, which could make for a good threat, and Ryan Hamilton on the other side. The top line as of late looks to be the Hall centered line of Smyth-Hall-Hemsky. They haven’t been putting up much for points yet. That’s been a task filled by Jordan Eberle.. a guy who undeservedly had been oddly kicked around in several fan trade ideas this off-season.. wtf??). He’s got 4 points in 2 games so far. And how about Martin Marincin?? He has himself a couple goals already too, also in 2 games. As such, he’s been able to stick around past the first couple of cuts. There have been some interesting, unexpected things happening this off-season. Part of that has been the play of Jesse Joensuu (3 points in as many games, including 2 goals). He’s been earning himself some good reviews from most people.
As for Hall and Hemsky and Smyth.. the points aren’t there yet, but they will come. They are also playing the tough minutes / tough competition, allowing the other lines to put up their numbers. They’ve been doing this well too. Again, I caution that it’s only been a couple of games, but I love what I see of that line so far, even though I wonder how long Smyth can ride with Hemsky and Hall.
Tonight will be our first look at Anton Belov! I’m excited about that. He will play with Denis Grebeshkov. To steal MacT’s quote, that could be a pair that will be “dangerous at both ends of the ice”. It all depends on how honed Belov’s D game is, as I don’t think Grebeshkov is going to be the defensive guy for that pairing.
I am liking the lines I’ve seen so far. I think if I had to put a top 9 together for the opener, I’d go with:
I will likely be around for game day chat tongiht if anyone else shows up!
OILERS LINES (OFFICIAL)
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