ENS Gameday Preview: Ducks @ Oilers
Here we go again. That shit stain of a game on Saturday against the goddamn Jets stunk so bad. Typical HNIC game for the Oilers. Pretty much nothing happened outside of Matty Ice sniping a shorty to tickle our nuts before we naturally went on to lose in a shootout. I hate losing to the Jets. Let’s hope when ENS is posted up at the Rum Hut next year for the Winter Classic we’ll see a different outcome. In order to try and forget about that garbage loss the other night, the Oilers are back in action tonight as the Ducks roll into town. The last time Anaheim was here was back on New Years Eve, in a game which featured a classic 1-0 Oilers loss. Shocking, I know. There is no team in the league that has subjected their fans to so many liver killing home games in the span of ten years as our beloved Oil have. That’s why we love them though, right?
Anaheim enters tonight in the midst of a big time heater. After a very slow start compared to what everyone around the league expected, they are starting to round into form just in time for the home stretch of the season. They are 8-1-1 in their last 10, and at this point it’s probably safe to say they have locked up one of the 3 playoff spots in the Pacific Division. With that being said, the Ducks did play last night in Calgary so let’s hope their heavy legs play into Edmonton’s favour.
Pouliot – McDavid – Eberle
Hall – Draisaitl – Purcell
Kassian – Letestu – Yakupov
Hendricks – Lander – Pakarinen
Nurse – Fayne
Sekera – Schultz
Davidson – Gryba
It was an optional skate this morning so their is no word of an official lineup. It sounds like Lori Korpikoski will be out with the flu so Tony Lander draws back in for his first game in a couple of weeks. Shocked he hasn’t been fired down to Bakersfield yet.
Schultz remains in the lineup which is never a good thing.
The Iceman in the pipes.
What Needs to Happen
Like I said, the Ducks played last night in Calgary so there is no excuse for the Oilers not to have a good start. The last few games they’ve played they have definitely worked their way into them. They got dominated by the Leafs in the first period last week, and the first period against the Jets was ugly too. They need to make sure they’re ready to go from the start tonight because if Anaheim gets an early lead, they will button it down and make it nearly impossible for Edmonton to muster a comeback.
What Can’t Happen
What Will Happen
After being held off the score sheet on Saturday night, Connor McDavid gets things going early and makes Ryan Kesler wish he didn’t even show up tonight. Taylor Hall also tallies his first goal in 10 games en route to a 4-2 Oilers win.
Also, Darnell Nurse beats the wheels off of Kevin Bieksa after he shows his true cowardly colours by taking a run at McDaddy.