Lines, according to jersey colour, are:
Sam Gagner is absent.
Oscar Klefbom overcame some early nerves in his NHL debut on Tuesday to finish with a strong performance. He had one assist in 15:19 of ice time along with an even rating.
“It was very fun out there. It was a special feeling. Huge night for me,” the 21-year-old defenceman said after the game.
Coach Dallas Eakins talked about Klefbom and said that he felt the rookie got better as the game went on.
“He struggled a little bit early. I think it was a case of nerves. By the third he looked like an NHL defencemen. That's encouraging,” Eakins stated.
Klefbom was paired with Oilers captain Andrew Ference. He said that Ference helped him along the way.
“Andrew is unbelievably good. He was talking to me between shifts,” said Klefbom.
In a series of coincidences, Klefbom ended up making his NHL debut in the same arena and city in which he was drafted. He also went head-to-head with his best friend, Jonas Brodin.
“I talked to him about it but didn't think about it too much. But it's always good to play against your best buddy. But it felt a little weird.”
It looked like it might be a long night for Oilers goaltender Viktor Fasth in his debut with the team. He allowed three goals late in the opening period to get behind the eight ball.
“That is a tough start. He hasn't played a whole lot this year. I talked to Viktor after the game and told him that he battled hard,” said Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins after the game.
Fasth recovered nicely, stopping every shot the rest of the way and making enough saves in the shootout to lead the Oilers to victory.
Eakins said that after the Oilers acquired Fasth, his phone lit up with text messages from people saying that he was going to love the Swedish goaltender’s compete and battle level.
Fasth talked after the game about that fighting attitude.
“Some days the pucks go in and some days you can't make the save,” he began. “I had three goals early in the game and it couldn't get worse than that. You've got to fight your way through the game.”
Hall-Gagner-Perron, Yakupov-RNH-Eberle, Hendricks-Gordon-Joensuu, Gazdic-Smyth-Jones, Fraser-Schultz, Marincin-Petry, Klefbom-Ference, Fasth— Bob Stauffer (@Bob_Stauffer) March 11, 2014
Klefbom will play with Ference...Ference on the right side— Bob Stauffer (@Bob_Stauffer) March 11, 2014
Is a chance Larsen plays instead of Fraser but based on line rushes he appears to be odd-man out on D— Bob Stauffer (@Bob_Stauffer) March 11, 2014
Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins announced this morning on Twitter that goaltender Viktor Fasth and defenceman Oscar Klefbom will make their Oilers debuts tonight. For Klefbom, it will also be his NHL debut.
Fasth hasn't played in the NHL since November 18 against the Pittsburgh Penguins. He allowed three goals on 27 shots in that game. He played five games on a conditioning stint with the Norfolk Admirals, with a 3-2-0 record and 2.40 goals-against average along with a .922 save percentage.
Fasth and Klefbom will both make their @EdmontonOilers debuts tonight.— Dallas Eakins (@dallaseakins) March 11, 2014
Craig MacTavish will be speaking live to the media at 2:00 p.m. MST. You can watch it online at edmontonoilers.com and in the Oilers Mobile App.
UPDATE: The Press Conference is over. You can watch the archive here:
The Oilers have announced that goaltender Kurtis Mucha will be backing up tonight. He has been signed by the team to a one-day tryout contract.
The Oilers have placed defenceman Philip Larsen on waivers.
#Oilers place defenceman Philip Larsen on waivers.— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) March 3, 2014
Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins tweeted that Ben Scrivens will get the start in goal tonight against the Minnesota Wild. He also noted that Anton Belov will be playing, fresh off his performance with Team Russia at the Olympics.
Scrivens starts. Belov will play. Time for both teams to shake the rust off.— Dallas Eakins (@dallaseakins) February 27, 2014