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GAME DAY: Capitals @ Oilers

Washington Capitals @ Edmonton Oilers

27 OCT 2011 – 7:30 MDT

Lines and the such after the jump

Lines courtesy official Oilers Twitter.  Thanks!

F

Hall- Nugent Hopkins – Eberle

Smyth – Horcoff – Jones

Paajarvi – Belanger – Gagner

Eager – Lander – Petrell

D

Peckham-Potter

Smid-Gilbert

Barker-Sutton

G

Khabibulin

Dubnyk

  • A TEST:  The Capitals…are coming to Rexall Place.  These very Capitals have yet to be defeated in regulation or otherwise in seven contests, staying a perfect 7-0-0.  The Oilers?  They have H.O.P.E, or at least H.P.E right now.  And the Nuge.  And Nikolai Khabibulin playing out of his mind right now.  And a couple of mullets.  Piece of cake, right?
  • Nikolai Khabibulin draws his fourth consecutive game.  What planet are we on?  Just the one that has Khabibulin playing like a monster right now.  Khabibulin is undefeated in regulation, sporting a 3-0-2 record to go with a 0.97 GAA and a SV% of .963.  Everything is normal.  Carry on.
  • As expected, Theo Peckham is in the lineup as Ryan Whitney recovers from his sprained knee suffered versus the Canucks last game.
  • THE NINTH GAME is upon us.  Anyone who’s even casually been following the Oilers would suggest that returning Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to Red Deer would be crazy.  I’d be somewhat surprised (read:  very surprised) to see him go back, but if he did, it would be to preserve a year of his contract.  I’d still bet a dime that he’s not going anywhere.

PREDICTION

OILERS 4

CAPITALS 3

GOILERS

Need a monstrous game from Khabibulin.  Does he have it in him?

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