ENS Gameday Preview: Oilers @ Wild

ST PAUL, MN - JANUARY 16: Justin Schultz #19 and Ben Scrivens #30 of the Edmonton Oilers react as the Minnesota Wild celebrate a goal by Nate Prosser #39 during the second period of the game on January 16, 2014 at Xcel Energy Center in St Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

The Oil are back in action tonight in Minnesota to take on Devan Dubnyk and the Wild. As Snash already covered, the ending to Sunday’s game was bush league. An absolute hose job. Listen, I understand that the NHL has their rules about conclusive evidence, but use some common sense for me one time. The puck was under the glove, and the glove was in the net. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to put those two pieces together. You would think it’s time for the league to get out from the rock they’ve been living under and install some built in post/cross bar cameras or puck chips but nope, we’ll just go fuck ourselves.

The past is the past and it’s time for Friggin’ Todd and the boys to move onto Minny tonight. The Wild have gotten off to a decent start this year, but they will be in a dog fight for the playoffs all year because the Central division is a goddamn war zone.

Lineup

Hall – RNH – Klinkhammer

Pouliot – McDavid – Yakupov

Korpikoski – Lander – Purcell

Gazdic – Letestu – Slepyshev

Sekera – Fayne

Klefbom – Nurse

Gryba – Davidson

Talbot

The Nurse is in. That is all.

What Needs to Happen

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What Can’t Happen

The Wild have been known to have their way with Edmonton over the last number of years. They play a stingy defensive system and attack with speed which often gets the Oilers to panic and end up with the puck in the back of the net. They will need to make sure to get pucks out of their end when under pressure to avoid the costly mistakes that are all too common to Oil fans.

What is Going to Happen

Edmonton brings a good effort to the table after getting shafted on Sunday and rebound with a 5-3 win. Connor McDavid takes the Wild’s defense to pound town and him and Yak combine for 4 goals.

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