Bits And Pieces - Lightning @ Oilers Preview

Edmonton has seized nine points out of their last possible ten, thwarted only by a marathon shootout loss against Anaheim on Tuesday. Tonight, they look to get back on track against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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Tampa Bay Lightning @ Edmonton Oilers – Game 28

10 DEC 2010 – 7:00 MST / 9:00 EST

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Things to look for:

  • Callups Linus Omark and Ryan O’Marra will make their season debuts for the Oilers.  Here’s hoping for heroics on the fourth line as opposed to headaches.  According to the Oilers website, captain Shawn Horcoff is expected to be out “several weeks” with a knee injury sustained in Tuesday night’s OTL to Anaheim.
  • Another strong game will be asked of the goaltending tonight.  Nikolai Khabibulin played well last game versus the Ducks (including a marathon shootout that lasted nine rounds) and will be looking for the W.
  • Tampa Bay’s goaltenders do not have impressive numbers, but their high octane offence is what helps keep them in the win column.  Mike Smith is 8-5-0, but carries a .872 SV%, while Dan Ellis is 7-5-3 and holds a .878 SV%.  If Edmonton can keep Steven Stamkos from improving on his 40 points in 28 games so far this season, it could be an interesting night.
  • Hall-Gagner-Eberle will be Edmonton’s first line.  If they can get a quick one to start, it could rattle either Lightning goaltender and set off a chain reaction.  Think big, people.

Enjoy the game, and GOILERS.

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