Oilers at Wild: Game Day Centre
at MINNESOTA WILD (2-0-0)
Start Time: 6:08 p.m. MDT
Radio: 630 CHED, Oilers Radio Network and online at edmontonoilers.com.
Tonight, the Edmonton Oilers meet the Minnesota Wild in the first of four meetings at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Last season the Oilers won two of the first three meetings in the regular season but Minnesota won the last five times for a 6-2-0 record against the copper and blue. ...read the full game preview
Just The Facts...
OILERS TO WATCH: Wild killer Geoff Sanderson faces Minnesota for the first time in two seasons. In 15 career games against the Wild, Sanderson has scored 14 goals. Sanderson's line, along with Kyle Brodziak and Marty Reasoner, have been very effective defensively for Coach MacTavish. All three players are tied for the team lead with a +3 rating... Ales Hemsky is still looking for his first goal of the season. He's come close on several occasions and has made some great plays en route to his team-leading three assists in three games.
WILD TO WATCH: Minnesota's Derek Boogaard was a factor in many of the games last season between the Oilers and Wild. One of the club's goals tonight will be to neutralize the giant by not letting him be a factor... The Wild's line of Pavol Demitra, Wes Walz and Marian Gaborik is still trying to find its game this season. None of the three players have registered a point yet in 07-08.
OILERS RECALL JACQUES FROM SPRINGFIELD: Forward Jean-Francois Jacques has been recalled from the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League. He had a goal and an assist in two games this past weekend the AHL. ...more
ROSTER UPDATES: Edmonton – Dick Tarnstrom (charley horse) is expected to draw back into the lineup with Denis Grebeshkov headed to the press box once again. Ethan Moreau (ankle) is out. Mathieu Roy (concussion) is out; J-F Jacques will be inserted on the fourth line alongside Jarret Stoll and Sam Gagner. Depending on the game situation, Cogliano and Stoll will switch between lines two and four; Minnesota – Dominic Moore (abdominal strain) is out.
OILERS NO LONGER FODDER FOR BOOGIE MAN - The Edmonton Oilers have already shown through three regular season games that they are a faster, more offensively-oriented club than last season. That should make things a lot more difficult on Minnesota’s resident enforcer. ...more
Pre-Game Comments from... The Numbers From the Fans The Other Side
Wild.com Preview - Wild line combinations, keys to the game, quotes, stats and ...more
Pre-Game Video Interviews: Jacques Lemaire, Brent Burns, Nick Schultz
Best Wild Week Ever - Recapping the week that was in the State of Hockey. ...more
Odds and Ends
Audio tour of the new Oilers dressing room - Oilers Equipment Manager Barrie Stafford takes fans on an audio tour of the Oilers dressing room in this feature produced by Dan Tencer of 630 CHED. ...more
Oilers October Wallpapers - Always know when the Oilers are playing. Download your October wallpaper today. More Oilers wallpapers will be coming soon. ...view wallpapers.