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Apr 2, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; Edmonton Oilers defenseman Mark Fraser (5) collides with Anaheim Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin (23) at Honda Center. The Ducks defeated the Oilers 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Edmonton Oilers vs Anaheim Ducks Game Preview

The Edmonton Oilers commence their final homestand of the season with a chance to play one of the top teams in the league and hurt their chances at winning the Pacific Division.

 

ducks-logo(50-19-8, 108 points) 1st Pacific Division

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Logo_Edmonton_Oilers-vintage2_bigger(27-42-9, 63 points) 7th Pacific Division

6:00 PM

Rexall Place

TV:  TSN;  RADIO:  630 CHED

 

MATCHUP HISTORY

This is the fifth and final meeting of the season between the Oilers and Ducks.  It is also the third meeting in the last 10 days.  Anaheim won the first two games, but they have split the last two.  Andrew Ference scored the OT winner on March 28 in Edmonton, to give the Oilers a 4-3 win.  Anaheim beat Edmonton 3-2 on Wednesday in Orange County.

 

LAST GAMES

Edmonton scored in the last minute to force extra time, and went on to beat the Coyotes 3-2 in a shootout, while the Ducks fell 5-2 to the Nashville Predators on Thursday night before embarking on this road trip.

 

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Corey Perry, ANH – Perry has topped the 40 goal mark for the second time in his career.  Currently sitting at 41 goals and 78 points, but even more impressive is his +32 rating, by far a career high. He has 30 points in 35 career games against Edmonton.

 

Sam Gagner, EDM – The Oilers’ centre was the hero in the Phoenix game, scoring the tying goal in the final minute and adding a sweet shootout move to score the lone goal of the skills competition. It has been a tough season for Gagner, who just reached the 10 goal mark with the one he scored in Phoenix.

 

TOP 3 STORYLINES FOR THE GAME

1. Flying High – The Ducks can put a stranglehold on the Sharks for first place with a win.  They are currently 1 point up with 2 game in hand on the teal and black, and a win would pretty much allow the Ducks to avoid the dreaded matchup with the Kings in the first round.

2.  Young GunsJordan Eberle, Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins are on fire. Hall has 12 points in his last 10, Eberle 11 in his last 8 and Nugent-Hopkins 9 in his last 8.

3.  Spoiler – The only thing Edmonton has to play for is pride and the fact they can spoil their opposition’s chances on any given night.  They did it to Phoenix, and they can do it again against the Ducks.

Tags: Corey Perry Edmonton Oilers Game Day Preview Jordan Eberle Sam Gagner Taylor Hall

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