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PREVIEW: Oilers at Blues

Oilers continue four-game road trip in St. Louis versus the Blues

Thursday, 13.03.2014 / 2:40 PM / Boston Pizza Game Preview
By Marc Ciampa  - edmontonoilers.com
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PREVIEW: Oilers at Blues
Oilers continue four-game road trip in St. Louis versus the Blues
TV: TSN
RADIO: 630 CHED & Oilers Radio Network
PUCK DROP: 6:08 p.m. MDT
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INSIDE THE OILERS

Scrivens starts tonight. Also, Lander recalled, Gagner injury update and more from Wednesday's practice in St. Louis. 

>> READ MORE IN THE INSIDE THE OILERS BLOG


AT THE MORNING SKATE

SAINT LOUIS, MO - The Oilers continue their four-game road swing with a game in St. Louis tonight versus the Blues. 

The Blues are the top team in the NHL and the Oilers know they have a tough task ahead of them.

"It's a good measuring stick for us. We need to play the way we have lately to try and get the end result," said Ryan Smyth. 

Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins agreed with his player.

"It's an extremely tough test," said Eakins. "Like a handful of opponents in our conference. We've had some success getting points in our last 14 games."

SCRIVENS STARTS

Eakins tweeted before the morning skate that Ben Scrivens will be getting the start but other than that, the same lineup is expected.

The only other question mark is whether or not Sam Gagner will play. Anton Lander was recalled yesterday after Gagner suffered an injury late in the game against Minnesota. 

"I haven't checked back in with him. He made it through (the morning skate) so I'm hopeful," Eakins stated.

Lines:

Hall-Gagner-Perron
Yakupov-RNH-Eberle
Hendricks-Gordon-Joensuu
Gazdic-Smyth-Jones

Fraser-Schultz
Marincin-Petry
Klefbom-Ference

Scrivens

PRONGER VISITS 

A familiar face was at morning skate, former Oilers defenceman Chris Pronger.

Smyth talked about playing with Pronger in 2005-06.

"He made everyone around him better. Simplified things, called guys out when they needed to be called out. He was a great teammate."

-- Marc Ciampa, edmontonoilers.com


NHL.COM GAME PREVIEW

OILERS (23-35-8) at BLUES (44-14-7)

TV: TSN, FS-MW

Last 10: Edmonton 5-3-2; St. Louis 7-2-1

Season series: The St. Louis Blues are going for the season sweep of the Edmonton Oilers, having won two previous games, 6-0 and 5-2, in Edmonton.

Big story: In a matchup featuring a team with the most points in the NHL (St. Louis, 95) and a team with the fewest points in the Western Conference (Edmonton, 54), one team is heading toward the Stanley Cup Playoffs while the other will have a top draft pick. But each team is playing well: The Oilers have points in seven of 10 games; the Blues have won seven of 10.

Team Scope:

Oilers: Goaltender Viktor Fasth made his Edmonton debut Tuesday and settled down after allowing three first-period goals. He made 28 saves when the Oilers beat the Minnesota Wild, 4-3 in a shootout.

"I [gave up] three goals early in the game and it couldn't get worse than that," Fasth said. "Just have to battle your way through and fight your way into the game."

Edmonton has been making a habit of trailing early and coming back in the third period recently. The Oilers trailed 2-0 Thursday in a 3-2 overtime win against the New York Islanders and get a chance to play spoiler again against the Blues.

"It would have been real easy to pack it in and call it a night and get on to the next game, but our guys refused to do it," coach Dallas Eakins said Tuesday.

Blues: Goaltender Ryan Miller had been perfect in four games with St. Louis prior to a 3-2 overtime loss to the Dallas Stars on Tuesday.

"We're looking to play good hockey and make sure we are trending in the right direction coming into the playoffs and [Tuesday] wasn't a great step in that direction," captain David Backes said. "Back to putting in the work. We get another chance at it Thursday and hopefully a good two points as we look to get back on track."

Miller made 27 saves, allowing three goals; it was the first time in nine games St. Louis allowed at least three goals.

"This will be a good opportunity for this team to bounce back after a really nice stretch of five games," Miller said. "We were in the game [Tuesday] -- it could have gone either way -- now we have to really fight to get that feeling back."

Who's hot: Oilers forward Jordan Eberle has five points in five games. Forward Taylor Hall has five points over his past four games. … Blues wing Vladimir Tarasenko has an assist in three straight games. Miller has allowed nine goals in five games, and is 4-0-1 with St. Louis.

Injury report: Oilers defenseman Anton Belov (oblique) is on injured reserve. … The Blues have forward Vladimir Sobotka (leg) and defenseman Jordan Leopold (ankle) on IR.

-- NHL.com

  
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