21 FEB 2013 – 7:30 MST
Television: Sportsnet West
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- LINE CHANGES – The top six is back to where it began. Yakupov is back on the Gagner-Hemsky line, while the bottom six gets a bit of a re-work. A third line will feature Smyth-Belanger-Eager, and a fourth line will showcase Hartikainen-Vande Velde-Paajarvi.
- Theo Peckham makes his season debut tonight paired with Mark Fistric. Ryan Whitney is scratched.
- Former Oiler defenceman Tom Gilbert will play against Edmonton for the first time in his career
- Zach Parise currently leads the Wild with 12 points (7-5-12) in 15 games.
- Devan Dubnyk is back between the pipes for Edmonton, surely looking to improve off his last start versus Colorado. Dubnyk is 5-4-3 with a .918 SV% and a 2.76 GAA. Minnesota will counter with Niklas Backstrom, who is 5-4-2 with a .912 SV% and a 2.39 GAA.
- FUN FACT: Backstrom is 22-3-1 lifetime against the Oilers.
This is the fourth game in a five game homestand. Oilers need to start picking up points before their nine games away from Rexall.
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