The Edmonton Oilers return home to round out the month of October with a visit from the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight. Coming off a subpar outing from most of the team except for Richard Bachman in Los Angeles on Sunday, the Oilers will look to get back on the winning track against a Leafs squad that is playing some good hockey of late.
The big news out of Oil Country today is the return of Sam Gagner after missing the first thirteen games of the season thanks to a nasty broken jaw he sustained in training camp. Interestingly enough Gagner is inserted on the team’s top line and will centre Jordan Eberle and Nail Yakupov.
The Leafs come to town with David Clarkson now a part of their lineup after serving his 10-game suspension for leaving the bench to take part in a fight with the Buffalo Sabres, also in the pre-season. Clarkson’s name was a popular one around Oil Country this summer when free agency arrived with many fans begging Craig MacTavish to open up the wallet and bring the rugged winger to the provincial capital. Alas Clarkson chose the Leafs and it will be interesting to see what type of reception he receives tonight.
Aside from having Gagner back in the lineup, there are still some questions as to the Oilers line combinations tonight, so let’s take a look at those now, courtesy of Ryan Rishaug via Twitter.