ENS Gameday Preview: Oilers @ Bruins

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The Oilers are set to try for their 6th straight win tonight as they kick off a four game road trip in Boston. The current Edmonton winning streak actually began with a shootout win over the Bruins at the Jungle a couple weeks ago, but I don’t expect everyone’s memory to reach that far back. Too many wins ago. Matty Ice and Mark Letestu combined for both Oilers goals and Jordan Eberle added the shootout winner. Tonight the streak has come full circle and you can be sure Boston will be looking to put and end to it.

The Bruins enter tonight with a 16-9-3 record. They have been better than many people expected them to be after Don Sweeney went full Tambo this summer and traded a couple of pretty useful players for pretty much nothing. If the Oilers are seriously going to stay in this race, they need to be able to win these kind of games on the road. Playoff implications indeed. What a life.

Lineup

Hall – Draisaitl – Purcell

Khaira – RNH – Eberle

Hendricks – Letestu – Korpikoski

Gazdic – Lander – Pakarinen

Nurse – Sekera

Nikitin – Schultz

Davidson – Gryba

Talbot

No changes up front to report but Oscar Kelfbom is out with a finger injury so Nikita Nikitin will make his season debut fresh off his recall from the AHL. Nikitin-Schultz pairing. Good…good.

Cam Talbot makes his first start in the pipes since November 27th.

What Needs to Happen

Well the last time these two teams met, the Oilers managed to win without any production from their top six forward units. If they want to win tonight they’ll need their skilled players to show up. But based on how Hallsy and Leon have been playing in the last couple games I don’t think that will be a problem.

What Can’t Happen

Nikitin life….

Jultz life…..

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What is Going to Happen

Despite the very obvious shortcomings on defence, the Oilers rally and find a way to win. With two points tonight, Edmonton can gain sole possession of third place in the PAC-7 (Pacific Division). Playoff implications on a hundred billion.

Nuge and Eberle get on the score sheet while Taylor Hall adds two more goals. Cam Talbot is solid and the Oil earn a hard fought 5-2 win over the Bruins.

Puck drop @ 5:00PM.


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