Preseason Preview: Flames @ Oilers

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24 SEP 2011 – 6:00 MDT

Lines and a healthy does of malaise after the jump

Your Oilers Tonight – Lines courtesy 630 CHED

Hall – Nugent-Hopkins – Hartikainen
Jones – Gagner – Keller
Green –  Belanger – Pitlick
Tyrvainen – Lander – Martindale

Barker – Tulupov
Sutton – Gilbert
Peckham – Petry



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  • Your first rounders will be together for a test run on line one.  Teemu Hartikainen helps fill out the top line.
  • I beat a dead horse like no one on the Internet.  That being said, we’ve got another round of Nikolai Khabibulin for what likely will be half a game.  You’re only as good as your last start, so let’s see what you’ve got in the tank, Khabi.  Another performance of .700 SV% will likely turn whatever whispers you might hear into loud voices.
  • Every time I see Kirill Tulupov’s name, I can’t help think how angry Ben Eager has got to be.

That hit is what’s keeping Eager out of the lineup as he continues to recover from a concussion and whiplash.  Tulupov is going to be paired up with new Oiler Cam Barker on line one.  You’ll also see Andy Sutton in his first Oiler action tonight.

  •  Belanger starts tonight as the 3C  – a position he should open up as when the season starts.  Anton Lander is tonight’s 4, where he’ll try and work some magic with Antti Tyrvainen and Ryan Martindale.
  • Look for Sam Gagner to keep up with his performance at the dot tonight.  Gagner was a faceoff machine against the Canucks the other night.  While I’m very happy with a faceoff win percentage of 50 or more, Gagner finished well, well above that total.

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Tags: Anton Lander Antti Tyrvainen Kirill Tulupov Ryan Martindale Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Taylor Hall Teemu Hartikainen

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