GAME DAY: Senators @ Oilers

Ottawa Senators @ Edmonton Oilers

17 NOV 2011 – 7:30 MDT

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 Lines and game preview follow the jump.

Lines courtesy of 630 CHED and Dan Tencer.  Thanks!

F

Taylor Hall – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Jordan Eberle
Ryan Smyth – Shawn Horcoff- Ales Hemsky
Anton Lander – Eric Belanger – Ryan Jones
Ben Eager – Sam Gagner – Lennart Petrell

D

Ladislav Smid – Tom Gilbert
Andy Sutton – Corey Potter
Theo Peckham – Jeff Petry

G

Nikolai Khabibulin

Devan Dubnyk

  • TIME TO WIN: What cures a three game slide?  How about a little motivation?  If you look to your left, you’ll see the Vancouver Canucks are breathing whatever Canuck fans breathe down your neck. The Wild are leading the Northwest Division by a three spot.  Edmonton has a game in hand over the Wild (and two over the Canucks).  Tonight’s the time to put it back together.  How do you do that?
  • OMARK WATCH:  Linus Omark sustained what’s being called a leg or knee injury during OKC’s game versus the Rockford Ice Hogs last night.  There goes my quest to get him pulled up yesterday.
  • Remember how Ottawa was going to be one of the last teams in the league?  They’re at least treading water in the Northeast with a 9-9-1 record, tied for 8th in the conference.
  • Sam Gagner left practice yesterday with what’s being called a ‘stiff back’.  He didn’t practice today, but is pencilled in as the 4C tonight.  That of course, puts Anton Lander in as 3LW.  And Paajarvi?  Eh. Your guess is as good as mine.
  • The word on the street lately has been ‘secondary scoring’.  Tonight’s the night.  Right?  Hey, where are you going?
  • Nikolai Khabibulin gets the nod for the Oilers, while Craig Anderson is the likely go for the Senators.

PREDICTION

OILERS 3

SENATORS 2

GOILERS

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  • CANUCK_4_LIFE

    Well, I can see by the excitement of the early season success of the “Kids” that you and “Oil fan” are pumped up. Well now your on your way to losing three in a row and now your clenching your theeth a bit and talking yourself into being positive. I mean this is just my observations but, ok first off, Do you think the veteran presence is enough to steady the youth throughout the Oil lineup when the offensive output throughout the lineup is tested through the ebbs and flows of a long NHL season? Do you think that the long time goaltending question has really been answered both in the starting and backup positions? (as we know you need a capable backup these days). Then as the season progresses and the games start to become more intense, as the focus shifts to the playoff seating (as you know this happens earlier every year) the pressure of every game being so important and being in a high pressure “traditonal hockey” market will the wieght of expectations that you know are out there be too much for these young men? Ha! Rehtorical question, of course it isn’t strong enough and there are still questions between the pipes and these kids know pressure but, they don’t know this pressure. I mean come on do we really need two teams in Alberta? I think not lol :P Relax “Oil Fan” I’m just grinding your gears, btw I was referring to the “Lames” south of you earlier there. From the West Coast I know I don’t have much to hold on to as we haven’t won the cup yet, but we’re close. Nobody enjoys a good Northwest Division battle more than me, but I guess we’ll have to wait and see the results tonight! Go Sens! #TheREALcanuckNation GO CANUCKS GO
    Peace C4L

    • OilOnWhyte

      @CANUCK_4_LIFE Season? Veteran presence?

      I’d like a chance for the bottom six to regress towards the mean. Oh, and Ryan Smyth can go on doing his thing for the next sixty games as well.

      Cordially,
      Jeff

  • Realoilfan

    The pressure the young kids will feel will be the same as in world junior’s, memorial cups etc… no one in Edmonton expected a play-off seat this year any way. if we improve (which we have0 and if we can get another decent draft pick or two, we will be 1-2 years away from not only making the play-offs and going deep. as far as the goaltending is concerned…have you seen the numbers that Khabi and Dubnyk have posted so far? granted we’ll see how they look by the end of the season, if Khabi can stay healthy, but right now we have the best goalie in the league. I’m sure @oilonwhyte will have something to say as well.thanks for the comments man! it is always nice to see that people have feed back and are reading the posts.

    • OilOnWhyte

      @Realoilfan Secondary scoring is my bag right now. Let the kids play, they’ve received a good deal of sheltered minutes and as long as they continue heir performance, let them have those minutes.

      As far as secondary scoring goes, a goal from Belanger would be a nice start.

  • Stop yelling “shoot”

    I wouldn’t worry about the kids being able to play under pressure, I’m more worried about why better yet how Tom Gilbert has the coaching staff and league fooled into thinking he’s a good d-man. The only hit i’ve seen him throw this year was on Dustin Penner (which isn’t that impressive). He’s a team worst -6, which im sure is only going to get worse. Yeah big deal he eats up a lot of minutes, big deal he does nothing! If I had my way he be sent packing on the next train outta town. So now with Barker going down for 3 months, Whitney still out and Peckham playing less than stellar Gilbert will continue to “shine”. I just don’t get it. See you at the game tonight! First game this year in my own seats.