Photo courtesy Andy Devlin / Edmonton Oilers

GAME DAY: Wild @ Oilers

Minnesota Wild @ Edmonton Oilers

30 NOV 2011 – 7:30 MDT

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Ryan Smyth – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Jordan Eberle
Sam Gagner – Shawn Horcoff – Ales Hemsky
Magnus Paajarvi – Eric Belanger – Ryan Jones
Darcy Hordichuk – Ryan O’Marra – Lennart Petrell

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Ladislav Smid – Tom Gilbert
Ryan Whitney – Jeff Petry
Theo Peckham – Andy Sutton

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Nikolai Khabibulin
Devan Dubnyk

  • Mikko Koivu - courtesy NHL.com

    Fourth of six meetings between these two clubs this year.  Oilers have points in all three contests, going 1-0-2.

  • BACK ON BLUE: Andy Sutton returns for the first time since sustaining a groin injury against Ottawa a couple of weeks back.
  • Mikko Koivu still leads the Wild with 19 points (4-15-19) in 24 games.
  • SANS TAYLOR:  Without Taylor Hall in the lineup for the next few weeks, the Oilers are forced to do a bit of line juggling.  Up comes Ryan O’Marra from the OKC Barons to centre line four.  O’Marra has eight points (4-4-8) in 20 games with the Barons this year.  O’Marra has played in a couple dozen games for the Oilers over the past two seasons.  Paajarvi gets in on 3LW, while Sam Gagner will play left wing for line number two.  Got all that?
  • Nikolai Khabibulin will once again start in the blue paint for Edmonton tonight.  Khabibulin is 9-5-2 with a 1.88 GAA and a .936 SV%.  I’m still blown away that we are nearly two months into the season and those numbers have held up so well.  Khabibulin looks to make it ten wins on the season tonight.

PREDICTION

Oilers pick up where they left off in last week’s 5-2 victory.  Except today, it’s with Ryan O’Marra.  Boom

OILERS 5

WILD 2

GOILERS

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Tags: Andy Sutton Magnus Paajarvi Nikolai Khabibulin Ryan O'Marra Sam Gagner Taylor Hall