01 APR 2012 – 6:00 MDT
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- There was a concern that the Leafs were trying to move into Edmonton’s tank territory last night. Not bloody likely, as they improbably defeated the Sabres and have very nearly put the kibosh on Buffalo’s playoff hopes.
- In favour of Ladislav Smid (neck) and Jeff Petry (face), the Oilers will have Colten Teubert (a real emergency callup, not one that has to go back to OKC after arriving in Edmonton) and Cam Barker on the blue tonight. It’s been a while for Cam Barker. Let’s go to Tom Renney for a baffling quote:
“Cam’s an NHL defenceman, and Teubert’s on the verge of that. We may play them together. The biggest thing is playing team defence.” -Renney
— Edmonton Oilers (@NHL_Oilers) April 1, 2012
That clears things up. Right?
- One of the stories you might be interested in following tonight is the quest of Devan Dubnyk. Dubnyk looks for his twentieth victory on the season, a feat that no goaltender has been able to do in an Oiler sweater since Dwayne Roloson in 2008-09. Dubnyk was 6-2-1 with a .938 SV% in the month of March. Go get ‘em, #40.
- Nothing slows Teemu Selanne down. Selanne currently leads the Ducks with 64 points (25-39-64) in 78 games. After today, the circus begins as to whether or not tonight’s game is his last home game as a Duck. If he leaves after this year, it’s on his own terms, playing the game at a very high calibre. Selanne recently eclipsed the 1400 point mark and has averaged over a point per game in his long career.
Eh, go on. There’s only a few more games in the year. Cam Barker scores a goal tonight. Weirder things have happened.
Oilers 4, Ducks 3.
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