ENS Gameday Preview: Oilers @ Lightning
Fresh off their first regulation win on the road since October (christ), the Oil are right back in action tonight against the Tampa Bay Lightning. A positive for Edmonton is that they’ve managed points in four straight games. And of course, the big negative is that our little buddy Nuge is expected to miss the next 6-8 weeks with a broken hand. Such is life as an Oilers fan. At this point it seems highly likely that we won’t get to see a single game this year that features Edmonton’s full, healthy lineup which is insane. Although if there’s one positive to take out of this, it’s maybe that everyone (Mark Spector) will finally realize how valuable first line centers are. If the Oilers deal Nuge, and Connor McDavid gets hurt again next year we’ll be stuck with Letestu as our 2C. It’s not the end of the world if Nuge or Leon have to play the wing because knowing the Oilers, we will never get through a season without our best players missing significant time with an injury.
The last time Edmonton faced Tampa Bay, we were up 2-0 heading into the third period. The boys then proceeded to score three goals on themselves to lose 3-2. This team, man.
Since the boys played last night there was no morning skate today so the lineup remains a mystery. Expect Matty Ice to center the 2nd line as that’s how he finished the game last night in Florida and for Tony Lander to draw in on the 4th line.
Anders Nilsson in the pipes. Hopefully he doesn’t suck as bad as he had lately.
What Needs to Happen
This is pretty much a scheduled loss tonight without RNH in the lineup. Second half of a back-to-back against one of the most dangerous teams in the East is a recipe for disaster.
If Edmonton has any hope of winning this game they will need to keep their game simple. They have to get pucks in behind Tampa’s defence and will need a lot of traffic towards the night. In order to get 2 points they’ll have to luck out with a couple of ugly goals.
What Can’t Happen
What Will Happen
You know the drill at ENS. We don’t predict losses.
Edmonton comes out with a valiant effort without RNH and respond with a 4-3 win in OT.
Leon Draisaitl picks up the slack and tallies 3 points. Yak with 2.