Preseason Preview: Coyotes @ Oilers

 Phoenix Coyotes @ Edmonton Oilers

27 SEP 2011 – 7:00 MDT

Lines and some extra gargle after the jump

Your Edmonton Oilers Lineup – Lines Courtesy 630 CHED

Smyth/Horcoff/Hemsky

Hall/Nugent-Hopkins/Eberle

Tyrvainen/Belanger/Jones

Green/Lander/Keller

Sutton/Gilbert

Smid/Fedun

Chorney/Petry

Khabibulin

Danis

  • Do not adjust your sets.  If you think the first line looks eerily similar to the last time Edmonton was within sniffing distance of the playoffs, you are absolutely correct.  Ryan Smyth will be paired up with old linemates Shawn Horcoff and Ales Hemsky.  Hemsky is seeing his first game action since a(nother) shoulder injury sustained last year.  When Hemsky plays, he’s awesome.  When he’s injured, everyone wants him out of town.
  • The combined age of line two is less than a lot of people I know.  Nugent-Hopkins will centre with Hall and Eberle on his wings.  A lot of voices called for this to be the first line when the season starts.  Let’s watch everyone’s back out there tonight, gentlemen.
  • Some good news to pass along to everyone this morning about Ryan Whitney.  At least, it looks good on paper.  Or, the Internet.  While we’ve got Ales Hemsky suiting up for the Oilers tonight, it at least appears that Ryan Whitney is getting somewhat closer to resuming on-ice activities.  Whitney says he’s not pain-free (and by this Tom Gazzola tweet, you shouldn’t expect him to play tonight), but Whitney has expressed a pretty good desire to get into at least one preseason match.  He’ll have that opportunity Saturday Night if his ankle is feeling up to it in Vancouver.
  • Ben Eager spoke to the media today regarding his injury suffered at the hands of an excitable Kirill Tulupov at the Joey Moss Cup.   Eager says he’s going to ride the stationary bike tonight.  Tulupov is now in OKC on a tryout.
  • Anton Lander will start at 4C.  With the exception of one truly awful giveaway in the Oiler end, I can say that his preseason has been good.  Really, really good.  Hint, hint.  Speaking of which…
  • Via @Ryan_Batty at the Copper and Blue:  Sam Gagner has an ankle sprain, which lists him as week-to-week.  That’s really unfortunate for Sam Gagner, and it’s really unfortunate for the Oilers.  Cue the firey Nugent-Hopkins / Lander debate in three, two…
  • Nikolai Khabibulin to get the start against his former team.  I can’t remember the time that Khabibulin had back-to-back wins.  If it’s in the preseason, so be it.

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Tags: Ales Hemsky Anton Lander Ben Eager Jordan Eberle Kirill Tulupov Nikolai Khabibulin Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Ryan Smyth Shawn Horcoff Taylor Hall

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