Edmonton Oilers @ Dallas Stars
21 NOV 2011 – 6:30 MDT
Lines and faint echos of ‘We Want Ten!’ are after the jump.
Thanks to Dan Tencer and 630 CHED for tonight’s linecard.
Ryan Smyth – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Jordan Eberle
Taylor Hall – Sam Gagner – Ales Hemsky
Anton Lander – Shawn Horcoff – Ryan Jones
Darcy Hordichuk – Eric Belanger – Lennart Petrell
Ladislav Smid – Tom Gilbert
Theo Peckham – Jeff Petry
Taylor Chorney – Colten Teubert
- So Sheldon Souray is playing for Dallas tonight. Souray has been mum to the media today, and you’ve got to believe he’ll be gunning for the net tonight. Gonna be honest, I’m still a bit sour on how the entire Souray debacle ended, but he’s got his team, and we’ve got ours. Souray has had a pretty nice start to his season going 4-9-13 in 19 GP to go with a +/- of 9. Here’s hoping the Oilers have some significant carryover from Saturday’s 9-2 drubbing over Chicago.
- LINE CHANGES: Alright, ready? Paajarvi catches the bench once more. I’m not sure how you can mess with a lineup that scored nine goals, but Paajarvi was left off the scoresheet in Saturday’s massacre. (Of note: Paajarvi, Belanger and Gagner were the only Oilers who didn’t get a point versus the Blackhawks) He and Ben Eager will both be in the press box for tonight’s contest. Darcy Hordichuk and Lennart Petrell will fill out the fourth line tonight. Hordichuk will see NHL action for the first time since the third game of the season. A hat trick in Saturday night’s game gets Taylor Hall bumped up to line two, and that’s where the forwards sit. If this lineup is good for eight, or even seven goals, I’ll be fine. I’m a fair judge.
- Defence stays the same. Smid-Gilbert, Saturday’s +10 combination of Peckham-Petry, and the Law Offices of Chorney-Teubert. Names you can trust.
- Nikolai Khabibulin looks for his ninth win of the season tonight in Dallas. Even with a few regular season losses, Khabibulin’s numbers are still sparkling at 8-3-2, 1.76 GAA and .938 SV%.
Dallas is on a five game skid. If the Oilers are able to score a few goals early, it could spell big trouble early for the Stars.
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