Gonna have 20 this year. Stock photo courtesy NHL.com

GAME DAY: Edmonton @ Long Island

Edmonton Oilers @ New York Islanders

31 DEC 2011 – 11:00 AM MDT

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Eleven AM?

On New Year’s Eve?

How are we supposed to do this?


Mimosas! Photo courtesy Wikimedia Creative Commons

I’m going to take a stab and say that last game’s roster will ring true for the match-up in Long Island, with a couple of tweaks.

Here’s our guess:


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


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


Devan Dubnyk

Nikolai Khabibulin

  • Parenteau - Photo courtesy Wikimedia Creative Commons

    Changes I’d expect to see:  Petrell in for Hordichuk, Dubnyk for Khabibulin, Sutton in for Teubert.

  • Not expecting Ryan Whitney to be a player today, as it was reported that he was only on the ice for a little bit in yesterday’s practice.
  • THE BATTLE OF THE NOT SO PRETTY:  Islanders are floundering in the East at 12-17-6 (30 PTS).  Oilers are firmly planted in 13th in the West at 15-18-3 (33 PTS).  Why not Edmonton today?  WHY NOT
  • QUICK, who’s leading the Islanders in scoring?  Why it’s PA Parenteau, of course.  Parenteau is having a career season, and currently sits at 30 points (6-24-30) in 35 games.  Gotta admit, I wouldn’t have gotten that in five guesses.
  • Andy Sutton is finally back after his eight game suspension.  I’d never thought I’d be as excited as I am to announce that, but he’s an upgrade over the status quo.  Ring out 2011 with two points, it’s a great way to kick start the afternoon.  And the evening.





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