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Preview: 2011 Joey Moss Cup

Team Blue takes on Team White at Rexall Place today at 2:00 p.m. MDT

Sunday, 18.09.2011 / 3:15 AM / Boston Pizza Game Preview
By Marc Ciampa  - edmontonoilers.com

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Game-Time: 2:00 p.m. MDT
Webcast: edmontonoilers.com
Radio: 630 CHED

Following the first day of on-ice activity at Edmonton Oilers Training Camp Saturday, the squad will go head-to-head at Rexall Place today. Game time is 2:00 p.m. and tickets are only $10, or $12 at the door.
If you can't make the game, we'll have it streamed LIVE right here at edmontonoilers.com or you can listen on 630 CHED

TEAM BLUE*

23 Linus Omark - 93 Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - 91 Magnus Paajarvi
28 Ryan Jones - 68 Tyler Pitlick - 46 Ryan Keller
75 Antti Tyrvainen - 67 Gilbert Brule - 51 Philippe Cornet
16 Darcy Hordichuk - 42 Ryan O'Marra - 37 Lennert Petrell

13 Cam Barker - 77 Tom Gilbert
41 Taylor Chorney - 86 Kirill Tulupov
87 David Musil - 81 Taylor Fedun
78 Martin Gernat - 48 Alex Plante

30 Olivier Roy
38 David LeNeveu

KILLER COMBO: The line of Linus Omark, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Magnus Paajarvi is a real eye-opener for fans. Omark and Paajarvi often played together last season to some success. The man down the middle was usually Sam Gagner. Now, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will be playing the pivot between the two Swedes in his first appearance at Rexall Place in front of Oilers fans with an Oilers uniform on. 

Nugent-Hopkins skated on Saturday with Ryan Smyth and Jordan Eberle so it will be interesting to see how he meshes with two very different players in Omark and Paajarvi.

KEEP AN EYE ON: Finnish agitator Antti Tyrvainen put up three points during the recently-completed Young Stars Tournament in Penticton, BC to rank among the top 10 of all point-getters. Today he plays with Gilbert Brule and Philippe Cornet on what should be a high-energy line for Team Blue.

ON THE BLUELINE: Oilers fans will be curious to see how Cam Barker does, particularly in a defence pairing with Tom Gilbert. The duo could see a lot of one another during the season. ... Also, within this Team Blue group, hard-hitting Russian tryout defender Kirill Tulupov looks to earn a spot. 2011 draft picks David Musil and Martin Gernat (who will play for the Oil Kings this upcoming season) will also be on display.

BETWEEN THE PIPES: Olivier Roy and David LeNeveu will man the pipes for Team Blue today. Oilers fans are familiar with Roy - drafted in 2009 - after his stint with Team Canada at the World Juniors this past January. LeNeveu suited up for the Springfield Falcons last season and has 21 games of NHL experience. 

TEAM WHITE*

4 Taylor Hall - 57 Anton Lander - 14 Jordan Eberle
94 Ryan Smyth - 20 Eric Belanger - 56 Teemu Hartikainen
55 Ben Eager - 54 Chris VandeVelde - 61 Tobias Rieder
60 Tanner House - 66 Ryan Martindale - TBA

5 Ladislav Smid - 24 Theo Peckham
25 Andy Sutton - 44 Corey Potter
80 Martin Marincin - 88 Brandon Davidson
82 Jeremie Blain - 58 Jeff Petry

34 Yann Danis
1 Tyler Bunz

KILLER COMBO: Oilers fans will be excited to see the line combination of Taylor Hall, Anton Lander and Jordan Eberle at the Joey Moss Cup today. Hall and Eberle played with one another quite often last season with a lot of success. It will be interesting to see how Lander meshes with the duo. 

Lander picked up three goals in Penticton in only two games and often looked dominant against his peers. The Swede put up 11 goals and 26 assists in 49 games last season with Timra of the Swedish Elite League and will be trying to crack the Oilers opening night lineup.

KEEP AN EYE ON: All eyes will be on Ryan Smyth as he makes his return to Rexall Place in front of the fans - wearing the team's brand-spanking-new white road jerseys no less. His line should cause all sorts of trouble for Team Blue netminders Roy and LeNeveu with another player known for making goaltender's lives miserable in Teemu Hartikainen. ... Now that the obvious choice is out of the way, 25-year-old Tanner House could make a surprise push for a roster spot in camp. In six games with Oklahoma City last season after being signed out of the University of Maine, House put up five points and a +3 rating. The 6'1" native of Cochrane, Alberta was a point-per-game player in his collegiate career.

ON THE BLUELINE: Martin Marincin and Brandon Davidson provide an interesting defence combo for Edmonton. Davidson, 20, got into a regular season and a playoff game for the Oklahoma City Barons last year after joining the team following an outstanding junior campaign with the Regina Pats. Davidson will be turning pro this season. Marincin got into a regular season game for OKC after a dominant season on the blueline with the WHL's Prince George Cougars. He had 14 goals and 56 points in 67 games.

BETWEEN THE PIPES: Oilers fans will get a look at Yann Danis and Tyler Bunz for Team White. Danis played last season in the KHL but before that put up very respectable numbers for the New Jersey Devils - 2.05 goals-against average and .923 save percentage. Tyler Bunz was brilliant in his one start in Penticton, making 23 saves for a shutout win.

* - Lineups are tentative and subject to change.
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