31 JAN 2013 – 8:30 MST
- LINE CHANGES – Shawn Horcoff is out with what’s being called a “strained neck” after getting blindsided by Shane Doan last night in Phoenix. The Oilers have recalled centre Anton Lander from the OKC Barons and sent Magnus Paajarvi down. Leapin’ Lennart Petrell is a game time decision with a foot injury (likely sustained from blocking a shot in last night’s game). If he’s unavailable after the pregame skate, expect the Oilers to run with seven defencemen.
- Remember the brief romance I had with the fourth line? That lasted about two games.
- Oilers will look to cool off San Jose’s red hot Patrick Marleau. Marleau has torched Western Conference goalies for fourteen points (9-5-14) in six games. Marleau is having such a torrid start to the season, there was a line over at Bodog with 10-1 odds as to whether or not he’ll hit 50 goals in 48 games. Don’t know if he’s up to the task, but it’s probably in Edmonton’s best interest to get a body on Marleau as he had three goals when the Sharks visited Rexall last week.
- Expect Sharks to go with Antti Niemi between the pipes, while if I had to take a guess, Devan Dubnyk will get the start for Edmonton. Dubnyk has played quite well for the Oilers. Even if you factor in last week’s stinkfest against the Sharks, Dubnyk is still sitting on a 2.75 GAA with a .916 SV%. He was nineteen seconds away from a shutout in last night’s game versus the Coyotes. Give him the start tonight, then give him a couple days off. Let Khabibulin run wild against the Avalanche on Saturday.
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