Game Three Preview: Oilers at Stars

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Game: Edmonton Oilers (0-2-0) @ Dallas Stars (1-1-0)

Location: CT American Airlines Arena, Dallas, Texas

Time: 6:30 PM MT

Where to find it: TV: Sportsnet – Radio: 630 CHED

Edmonton Oilers Preview:

It’s crazy to think that the Oilers have only scored one goal* in two games, but the matter of fact is that we needs goals to win. Crazy concept, I know. There have been some great chances for the team to score through the first two games so there is no lack of trying. Loosening up on the sticks may help out a little bit.

*- We didn’t really score a goal.

Taylor Hall is feeling ill and is questionable tonight, per Todd McLellan so there has been some juggling of the lines. I’m looking forward to seeing what Yakupov can do beside McDavid and Korpikoski in the Top 6.

McDavid has really impressed me through two games. He does lots of things that you don’t see experienced NHLers do and he does them at full speed. His anticipation on the play is what gives him a major advantage. Although he has been held pointless, I think that he is doing a lot of good things out on the ice.

Systematically, the Oilers have played well and are looking more comfortable as things progress. We have to remember it is a slow process and things will have to work themselves out.

The revolving defensive door besides Gryba continues with Brandon Davidson sliding into play.

The otherside:

Dallas moved Patrick Eaves to the top line with Jamie Benn and Seguin, and Cody Eakin to the third line with Mattias Janmark and Ales Hemsky, at practice Monday. Forward Valeri Nichushkin, pointless in two games, alternated at right wing with Colton Sceviour on the fourth line. Lindy Ruff did not reveal his starting goaltender, but Antti Niemi skated late with goaltending coach Jeff Reese, an indication Kari Lehtonen could get the call. Ruff’s message Monday was defending with passion two days after the Stars lost 6-3 to the Colorado Avalanche. –

Line Combos c/o Daily Faceoff:


Benoit Pouliot – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Teddy Purcell
Lauri Korpikoski – Connor McDavid – Nail Yakupov
Anton Slepyshev – Anton Lander – Rob Klinkhammer
Matt Hendricks – Mark Letestu – Luke Gazdic

Oscar Klefbom – Justin Schultz
Andrej Sekera – Mark Fayne
Brandon Davidson – Eric Gryba

Anders Nilsson


Jamie Benn – Tyler Seguin – Patrick Eaves
Antoine Roussel – Jason Spezza – Patrick Sharp
Mattias Janmark – Cody Eakin – Ales Hemsky
Travis Moen – Vernon Fiddler – Colton Sceviour

Alex Goligoski – John Klingberg
Johnny Oduya – Jason Demers
Jyrki Jokipakka – Jordie Benn

Kari Lehtonen (unconfirmed)

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