The team takes their morning skate, prior to tonight’s trip to Edmonton. (Via Canucks)
Hockey Night in Canada is back! Sort of! The team plays on the road for the first time this preseason tonight, when they make the short trip to Edmonton. If you’ll recall, their last outing – on Wednesday night against the very same Oilers – was a rather unfortunate one, in which they were blitzed early and often.
Read on past the jump for a look at the expected lineup, and some notes in advance of tonight’s game.
Puck-drop: 7 PM PST
L4: Jensen (*)-Gaunce-Lain
In net: Eddie Lack, Joe Cannata
(s/t to Brad Ziemer).
(*) David Booth was expected to make his first appearance in a game since March 16th. Unfortunately, he left the ice just 5 minutes into the morning skate. It was announced that he experienced groin stiffness (insert your own joke). Nicklas Jensen is expected to replace him in the lineup. On a more positive note, Chris Higgins, Alex Edler, and Jordan Schroeder will in fact be making their preseason debuts. Speaking of debuts, John Tortorella will be making his debut behind the bench tonight.
While many of the regulars that were in the lineup last time out won’t be this time around, there’s still plenty of intrigue in terms of guys looking to make an impact. As Brad Ziemer wrote (linked below), time is running out for some of the fringe guys to impress the coaching staff. There are only 3 more preseason games following this one, and the regular season is a short 11 sleeps away.
Here’s the expected lineup for the Oilers tonight:
Meanwhile, former Canucks backup goaltender Jason LaBarbera will be in net for the Oilers in this one.
As always, I recommend you follow us on Twitter if you’d like some snark with your hockey. We’ll try to get a recap up by tomorrow morning, but I can’t make any promises. It’s Saturday night after all..
- The Tale of the Tape from the team’s website helps set tonight’s game up
- Jason Botchford on whether John Tortorella waited to long to start implementing his system
- Nicklas Jensen has had a rough start to the preseason after an impressive showing in Penticton
- The youngsters are running out of time to make an impression, via Brad Ziemer
- Pass it to Bulis is all over the Camp Cuts beat, that’s for sure!