Head Coach Dallas Eakins confirmed that the Oilers would start goaltender Ben Scrivens in the home opener against Calgary tomorrow night. The team will then turn around and give Viktor Fasth the start in game two.
“I’ve talked to both of our goalies,” Eakins said. “They fully understand that they are equals. I warned them that a lot of necessary thought from people not in our dressing goes into what this means. I told them that we are starting our best goalie in game one and we’re starting our best goalie in game two. Viktor is going to come right back in Vancouver.”
The Oilers are of the mindset that they have two quality NHL goaltenders. On Tuesday, Eakins said he would love to see both play so well that they split the games right down the middle.
Just because one of them starts the home opener, doesn’t mean it has any more significance than the next game.”
“We think that game one is of equal importance to game two, to game 12, to 13, to 72 or 80,” Eakins said. “They’re all worth the same. We have two goalies that can certainly handle any one of those 82 games.”
Some lineup notes for the Oilers ahead of tomorrow night’s home opener include the naming of the starting goaltender. Ben Scrivens will get the first start in net tomorrow against Calgary, while Viktor Fasth will start against Vancouver on Saturday.
Oilers Head Coach Dallas Eakins said that barring illness, everyone would play.
Benoit Pouliot’s (hip flexor) prognosis looks better. Pouliot skated Wednesday morning after missing practice on Tuesday, and says he feels good.
Oilers winger Benoit Pouliot did not skate yesterday, but was on the ice today for practice. Head Coach Dallas Eakins said he was dealing with a hip flexor injury on Tuesday. Pouliot says it was feeling much better today.
“I’m feeling good,” Pouliot said. “It’s been a long week, I haven’t really skated that much as I’m trying to stay off of it and trying to heal whatever is going on. But I felt great this morning and hopefully tomorrow I will feel the same way.”
Pouliot says he does not know the exact origin of the injury, he’s just trying to make sure it doesn’t affect him much longer.
“Just a bad hip. I guess it happened when skating or maybe I got hit, I have no clue. One day it was really sore and I just tried to get it better so it doesn’t keep going for a few games or a few days.”
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Benoit Pouliot did not skate yesterday (hip flexor) but is on the ice today.
Benoit Pouliot (hip flexor) is on the ice this morning #Oilers— Chris Wescott (@TheChrisWescott) October 8, 2014
“I hope they both play well enough that they both play 41 games,” Head Coach Dallas Eakins said. “I hope they both play so well that we just are able to split it. I hope that happens. Will it? I don’t know. Unless something happens and somebody falls off, which could happen, or somebody springs ahead then we will deal with it then. Knowing the two guys and how competitive they are and how supportive they are of each other, I think you’re going to see a real even match and I’m hopeful that they can both do the job.”
Scrivens played 21 games for the Oilers last season, posting a 3.01 GAA and .916 save percentage. Fasth played seven games, recording a 2.73 GAA and .914 save percentage.
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Selected third-overall in this year’s draft, Leon Draisaitl is set to begin his rookie season in Edmonton. Oilers Head Coach Dallas Eakins spoke on Sunday about what he expects from Draisaitl and what his observations were of the 18-year-old.
“I think his size, he’s not going to get pushed around on the ice, that’s for sure,” Eakins said. “The other thing was his ability to make NHL plays and seem calm to do it. I think he showed us all flashes of what he’s capable of. The challenge for a player coming out of junior is to be able to do it every night. That should be part of the process for him, but that should be his goal that he’s going to have a positive impact on the game every night. Is he going to have hiccups along the way? Absolutely. He’s a teenager. We’re ready to help him right away and, in the end, he was better than our other options right now.”