Mikko Koivu - courtesy NHL.com

GAME DAY: Oilers @ Wild

Edmonton Oilers @ Minnesota Wild

25 NOV 2011 – 2:00 MDT

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F

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

D

Ladislav Smid – Tom Gilbert
Ryan Whitney – Jeff Petry
Theo Peckham – Colten Teubert

G

Nikolai Khabibulin
Devan Dubnyk

  • This is Edmonton’s third of four games on the road.  Edmonton’s solid 6-2 performance in Nashville was a welcome performance after a dud in Dallas.  Oilers stand at 1-1 on the trip, looking for a big boost this afternoon with a victory in Minnesota.  Edmonton’s winless streak in Minnesota is said to go back to March of 1946.  Wild centre Mikko Koivu currently leads the team with 15 points (3-12-15) in 21 games.

  • EXCELLENT NIBS AND NUBS – Notable line moves:  Paajarvi draws in at 4LW, Eager steps in as 4LW.  Gagner is now on the third line right, while Jones is opposite Gagner.  The top two lines remain intact.
  • SCRATCHES:  Plante, Petrell, Hordichuk
  • RYAN WHITNEY BACK INTO THE LINEUP – Good news:  Ryan Whitney is scheduled to be inserted back into the lineup after missing nearly a month with a sprained knee.  Although Whitney has played only four games with the Oilers this year, the Oiler blue gets instantly better with him back on the beat.  As a result, Alex Plante has been reassigned to OKC.
  • Nikolai Khabibulin (8-4-2, 1.86, .936) is expected to get the start this afternoon after a solid relief effort by Devan Dubnyk in Nashville.

 

PREDICTION

Is today the day Edmonton breaks the curse in Minnesota? (Eight ball courtesy Indra.com)

OILERS 5

WILD 2

Minnesota still hungover from American Thanksgiving celebration, Oilers throw wrench in Wild streak, first two lines carry the load again.

 GOILERS

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Tags: Alex Plante Darcy Hordichuk Devan Dubnyk Lennart Petrell Magnus Paajarvi Nikolai Khabibulin Ryan Whitney Sam Gagner

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