Feb 28, 2012; Toronto, ON, Canada; Florida Panthers defenseman Ed Jovanovski (55) looks on from the bench against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. The Panthers beat the Maple Leafs 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE

GAME DAY: Edmonton @ Florida

Edmonton Oilers @ Florida Panthers

23 MAR 2012 – 5:30 MDT

Oilers have collected 3 of 4 points on this road trip.  Can they pick up two more tonight?

I see what you’re doing here.

  • Oilers have collected points in seven of their last ten games (4-3-3).  They’re in Sunrise tonight to take on the Panthers in a crazy looking Southeast division, where Florida has the third seed in the east by way of leading the division with 85 points.  Washington teeters on the brink with 81 points (eighth in the West), and Winnipeg sits below Buffalo with 76.  Needless to say, Florida will be somewhat interested in winning this game to try and create space between themselves and the Capitals.
  • With 11 points in their last possible 20, the Oilers have a chance to tie Montréal in the standings with a victory tonight.  Looking at the draft board, there’s a significant change in the weather from the top two picks to the 4-5-6.  Honestly?  I’m looking for the Oilers to play as well as they can from here on out.  If the Oilers somehow finish the season and are fourth or fifth come draft time, it ought to put more pressure on management to make a move that will immediately help the team out.  If this team picks fifth or sixth, there’s a better than 90% chance that the pick is at least a year away from the NHL.
  • With Khabibulin making the start in Tampa last night, it would stand to reason that Devan Dubnyk would see the start versus the Panthers.  Dubnyk has reached .500 on the season, and will have a chance for his 18th victory tonight.  Add that to a nice(er) .913 SV%, and certain folks are hopping the fence.  Dubnyk has a legitimate shot at 20 wins this season.  Last guy to do that for the Oilers was Roloson in 2008-09.  Yes, that’s three years.
  • Stephen Weiss is a crafty guy.  He’s craftily leading the Panthers in scoring right now with 53 points (18G-35A) in 71 games.  Crafty.

PREDICTION

Must. Stop. Puck. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE

 Dubnyk leaps for his 18th victory tonight, most for the Oilers since Roloson in 08-09.

OILERS 4

PANTHERS 3

GOILERS

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