Tonight marks the second game in the back-to-back contests for the Edmonton Oilers as they are in the midst of a three-game road trip. After pulling out an impressive 3-0 shutout victory over the Predators in Nashville last night, the boys in copper and blue will shoot for two in a row tonight in Columbus when they battle the Blue Jackets.
The big story surrounding the Oilers is newly acquired netminder Ilya Bryzgalov. Last night’s 33-save performance has earned him a second straight start despite head coach Dallas Eakins stating earlier this week that Bryzgalov and Devan Dubnyk would split the two games this week. It’s difficult to argue with Eakins’ decision after he said he would ride the hot hand when Dubnyk was playing well.
Tonight’s contest is the second meeting of the year between the Oilers and Blue Jackets, the first coming back in Edmonton just over one week ago. It was all Edmonton in that contest to the tune of a 7-0 white washing and revenge has to be on the minds of the Blue Jackets tonight.
But Columbus can still play some quality hockey and should not be taken lightly despite their 13th position in the Eastern Conference. Just ask the Toronto Maple Leafs who were victims of a 6-0 beating courtesy of the Blue Jackets last week, in Toronto yet.
On to the lineups and notes.