ENS Gameday Preview: Lightning @ Oilers
Time to go streaking babay!!
The Oilers are back in action tonight as the Tampa Bay Lightning roll into the concrete jungle for the final time. Unfortunately for the Lightning, they’re coming into face probably the hottest 17 win team in hockey. Edmonton has won two straight after a couple of electrifying games against the Coyotes and Hurricanes and have no signs of slowing down on home ice. With Calgary losing last night, two points for the Oil tonight will help kick this weekend off on the right foot.
Since appearing in the Stanley Cup Final last spring, many people assumed they would be a juggernaut in the Eastern conference for years to come. Unfortunately for them, their big ego coach is too busy giving all of the minutes to guys he coached in the minors and now suddenly come the offseason, the Bolts may be without one of the best goal scorers in the league, as well as a third overall pick. Currently Tampa sits outside of the playoff picture out East, and if they end up losing both Stamkos and Drouin it will be interesting to see how if they end up recovering.
Hall – Draisaitl – Purcell
Pouliot – RNH – Eberle
Hendricks – Letestu – Korpikoski
Klinkhammer – Lander – Pakarinen
Sekera – Davidson
Nurse – Schultz
Hunt – Gryba
Toddy Mac staying with the hot lineup. Iiro the Hero is back in on the fourth line as JJ Khaira is back down in the AHL.
Talbot in the pipes.
What Needs to Happen
The Oilers need to play a similar game that they did against the Hurricanes. They played a solid defensive game and didn’t give up many chances. They need to make sure they do the same thing against the Bolts. Tampa has the offensive firepower to make them pay so Edmonton has to be responsible with the puck in all three zones tonight.
What Can’t Happen
What is Going to Happen
Edmonton comes out firing tonight. Both of their top two lines are ready to roll and they each add two goals. Hallsy with a 3 point night and Cam Talbot stays hot.
Oil win 5-2.