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Five Items to Observe
1, With any luck , Connor McDavid.
McDavid came down with the flu Tuesday and did not enjoy in opposition to Arizona and was not at the crew follow Wednesday. That is what occurs when you are shaking arms with hundreds of little ones with working noses at an autograph session at West Edmonton Mall Monday even if you have a bottle of Purell to clean up your arms beside you. We’re not certain if he’s investing his days close to the toilet or his tonsils are acting up, but the Oilers are -2 with out him this yr. In Dallas and in opposition to Arizona Tuesday and they’ve scored a few plans.
2. Casey at the bat
The Isles have just one of the best fourth-traces in the league with Casey Cizikas who remarkably has a job large 15 plans in the center with Cal Clutterbuck and tough dude Matt Martin, who left briefly for the Maple Leafs but acquired no traction there. That line has 26 plans and exhibits the depth of the Islanders who have eight fellas with double figures in plans and 9 with at the very least 20 points. Cizikas has no power-enjoy plans in a split-out period.
3. Superior goaltending
No matter if they are participating in Robin Lehner, who defeat the Oilers 5-2 very last Saturday in Brooklyn or his compadre Thomas Greiss, they have two fellas No. 1 and No. 2 in plans in opposition to ordinary and No. 1 and No. 3 in conserve proportion. Greiss has the best conserve proportion (.930) in 30 video games and Lehner the major plans in opposition to ordinary of 2.08 in 32. Lehner is 3rd in conserve proportion (.929) and Greiss is 2nd in plans in opposition to ordinary (2.20). They have seven shutouts, tied with Blues for league large.
4. Likely Coach of the Year
Islanders bench manager Barry Trotz won it in Washington in 2016 and was runner-up to Dave Tippett (Arizona) when Trotz was coaching Nashville in 2010. He’s turned the Isles close to with a a lot sounder defensive model soon after they were being all operate ’n gun very last yr. A lot more fascinating very last period, extra wins this yr. With Isles in Calgary on Wednesday, Trotz was a few wins from 800. Only a few coaches — Scotty Bowman, Joel Quenneville and Oilers Ken Hitchcock — have hit the 800 earn plateau. Trotz has coached 1,582 video games in his 20 NHL seasons. Only Bowman, Quenneville, Al Arbour, Hitchcock, Trotz and Paul Maurice have attained 1,500 NHL video games.
5. No alter in net
Even however Mikko Koskinen has dropped eight straight, the Oilers are not completely ready to go to Phildelphia trade pickup Anthony Stolarz just still. Stolarz has to enjoy at the very least 30 minutes in 10 video games involving now and conclusion of period or he gets an unrestricted absolutely free agent. The Oilers have 23 video games left. Koskinen hasn’t gotten any operate support (six plans in the very last four, eight in the earlier five video games) and Oilers are still in the playoff mix. There isn’t a back again-to-back again right up until Toronto-Ottawa Feb. 27-28 to get Stolarz into a game.
Mathew Barzal vs Group That Need to Have Drafted Him
The Oilers gave up their 16th over-all decide in 2015 to the Islanders for defenceman Griffin Reinhart, who is languishing in the Vegas farm technique these days. Folks say they weren’t heading to acquire Barzal there in any case which is crazy —they appreciated Swede Joel Eriksson Ek, a defensive centre in today’s NHL — but whichever, it was a reduced point for the Oilers scouting staff, which also could have taken Brock Boeser, Kyle Connor or defenceman Thomas Chabot. And Barzal, who was 2nd-line centre very last yr and won the Calder with 85 points, is the No. 1 centre this period with John Tavares gone to Toronto. Barzal is on pace for 70 points in a extra structured Trotz technique.
Oilers: PP- 38-175 21.7 percent (11th). PK-44-184 76.1 percent (29th)
Islanders: PP-28-173 16.2 percent (24th). PK- 32-162 80.2 percent (18th)
Oilers: Jujhar Khaira, Jesse Puljujarvi
Islanders: Andrew Ladd, Thomas Hickey
Game Working day Lines (projected)
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins-Leon Draisaitl Zack Kassian
Tobias Rieder Colby Cave Alex Chiasson
Milan Lucic Kyle Brodziak Josh Currie
Sam Gagner Brad Malone Ty Rattie
Oscar Klefbom Adam Larsson
Darnell Nurse Kris Russell
Andrej Sekera Matt Benning
Anders Lee Brock Nelson Jordan Eberle
Tom Kuhnhackl Matt Barzal Josh Bailey
Anthony Beauvillier Val Filppula Leo Komarov
Matt Martin Casey Czikas Cal Clutterbuck
Nick Leddy Johnny Boychuk
Adam Pelech Ryan Pulock
Devon Toews Scott Mayfield
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Oil Spills podcast: Trade deadline techniques with Edmonton Oilers in market method
The Edmonton Oilers are without a doubt sellers for the 2019 NHL trade deadline coming up on Feb. 25. They dealt goalie Cam Talbot to the Philadelphia Flyers for Anthony Stolarz in purchase to obvious salary cap space for defenceman Andrej Sekera, who returned to the Oilers lineup from personal injury.
But can the Oilers beneath interim common supervisor Keith Gretzky moderately do a lot else apart from give players absent for middling draft picks to consider to obvious salary off the guides?