ENS Gameday Preview: Oilers @ Ducks

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It’s November 11th and your Edmonton Oilers come into tonight’s match up with the Ducks tied for second last place in the league. We’ve seen this story before. It’s the same old story, just another year. The goaltending has been below average, the defense is a dumpster fire, and the Oil are down by three goals within the first 10 minutes of seemingly every game they play. One thing that has changed though is that once the game is out of reach, Edmonton has actually shown signs of being a competent hockey team, which they did not do in the Dallas Eakins era. Coming off a couple of days break, Edmonton better be ready from the get-go tonight.

As for the Ducks, they were the sexy pick of pretty much everyone to come out of the Western Conference at the end of this season. They started off with just one win in the month of October, but have rattled off 4 Ws in their last 5 games. I would not put it past the Ducks to still win the Pacific Division at this point because everyone else sucks.

Lineup

Hall – RNH – Draisaitl

Purcell – Lander – Eberle

Pouliot – Letestu – Yakupov

Gazdic – Miller – Pakarinen

Nurse – Sekera

Klefbom – Fayne

Reinhart – Gryba

Nilsson

It is pretty obvious that Toddy Mac and the coaching staff are trying to assemble three scoring lines and I like the balance, however, when two of the 3 centremen on the scoring lines are Tony Lander and Mark Letestu, that could pose a problem. We’ll see how it goes.

Anders Nilsson in the pipes.

What Needs to Happen

The Oilers need to put together a full 60 minutes of good hockey tonight. No more being down by a hundred goals ten minutes in and having to chase every game. Especially against a team like Anaheim where if you spot them an early lead, they can put it into cruise control.

If Edmonton has a hot start and keeps it rolling all night, this should be a very good game.

What Can’t Happen

What is Going to Happen

Call me crazy but I smell a W tonight. The Oil come out of the gates strong and continue through to the final buzzer with a hard fought 4-3 win. Hallsy with 4.

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