Edmonton Oilers @ Minnesota Wild
25 NOV 2011 – 2:00 MDT
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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
Ladislav Smid – Tom Gilbert
Ryan Whitney – Jeff Petry
Theo Peckham – Colten Teubert
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.
Minnesota still hungover from American Thanksgiving celebration, Oilers throw wrench in Wild streak, first two lines carry the load again.
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