ENS Gameday Preview: Stars @ Oilers
The mighty Oil are back in action tonight as the red-hot Dallas Stars roll into the City of Concrete. After a very solid win over Boston on Wednesday night, the Oilers are looking to string consecutive victories together for the first time since October 21. Such is life. Edmonton had a good effort against the Bruins and will need to continue that tonight otherwise the Stars could blow this wide open.
Dallas comes into tonight’s game with a 20-5-1 record and are coming off a win last night in Vancouver. Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn are playing out of this world right now. Easily the best duo in hockey. If the Oil have any hope in winning this one, they will need to shut down those two.
Hall – Draisaitl – Eberle
Purcell – RNH – Pakarinen
Hendricks – Letestu – Korpikoski
Khaira – Lander – Gazdic
Nurse – Sekera
Klefbom – Fayne
Schultz – Gryba
Toddy Mac is going with the same lineup as the one that got him a win over the Bruins a couple of nights ago. Brandon Davidson is day-to-day so Eric Gryba remains in the lineup to take penalties.
Anders Nilsson is back in the pipes as he is seemingly starting to take over the #1 role in the crease.
What Needs to Happen
Dallas played last night in Vancouver, and on Wednesday night in Calgary. This will be their third game in four nights and the Oilers need to take advantage of it.
They will need to be ready to go early and get pucks behind Dallas’ defence. If they can wear the Stars down early and jump out to a lead, they’ll need to button down the defence and make smart decisions with the puck and they should be fine. But unfortunately they don’t make a lot of smart decisions with the puck so we’ll see what happens.
What Can’t Happen
What is Going to Happen
We’re going streaking. Edmonton hops out to a hot start and ride it out to a 6-2 victory. The first line gets on the board tonight with Hallsy and Ebs tallying 2 goals each.