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EDMONTON OILERS (3-3-0) vs.
TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING (2-1-2)
at Winnipeg, Manitoba
Pre-Game Video & Audio | 2009 Oilers Preseason Stats | 2009 NHL Preseason Standings
Start Time: 6:38 p.m. MDT
Television: TSN (HD) in Canada, NHL Network (HD) in the US
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The Oilers took the ice this morning to practice before jetting off to Winnipeg to face theTampa Bay Lightning.
The first line showed Sam Gagner, Ethan Moreau and Andrew Cogliano playing together. Second line had Dustin Penner, Rob Shremp and Jordan Eberle together. Quinn teamed up Robert Nilsson, Gilbert Brule and Ryan Stone for the third line and Liam Reddox, Steve MacIntyre and Zack Stortini rounded out the fourth line.
" Previous camps you always knew who the top two lines are and you know who the third line is. This year there's not really defined four lines to be honest with you."
"This has been the hardest camp I've been to as far as the work ethic and practices and teaching. Its been hard. It's definitely been a different camp I'd say." Rob Schremp commented about this years camp.
Defensive pairings were Denis Grebeshkov and Steve Staios, Taylor Chorney with Tom Gilbert and Lubomir Visnovsky together with Ladislav Smid. Jeff Deslauriers is expected to start in goal for the Oil.
The Edmonton Oilers head to the airport today to visit Winnipeg where they will meet the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Tampa Bay and Edmonton will face each other only once in the regular season coming in Tampa Bay on December 9th. Last season, the Oilers defeated the Lightning 5-3 on February 24th in the only matchup of the year.
The Tampa Bay Lightning will be playing their fourth game in four nights. Their road trip began on Monday in Regina where they faced the Ottawa Senators. The following night they flew south to Everett, Washington to play the Phoenix Coyotes for the first time in franchise history. After downing the Coyotes 2-1, they were off to lovely Loveland, Colorado last night, to give the Coyotes another chance. The Coyotes were up for the challenge and took the Lightning into a shootout and were victorious in the 4-3 final. Ryan Malone, Steven Stamkos and Vincent Lecavalier all scored for the Lightning in the losing effort.
Tampa Bay's lineup tonight will look much the same as the team that dressed last night against the Coyotes. Vincent Lacavalier, Alex Tanguay and Steve Downie will play together on the top line while Ryan Malone, Steve Stamkos and Martin St. Louis will form the second. Mike Smith is scheduled to get the start and should play the entire game.
Oilers are coming off of an exciting high scoring game last night in Edmonton hosting the Alberta rivals, the Calgary Flames. The game saw Curtis Glencross of the Flames score just 1:34 into the first period. The goal was assisted by who other than the 41 year old Theo Fleury to poke the fire in Rexall. Oilers Dustin Penner answered back for the Oil three minutes later and things unraveled from there.
After two periods of play the shots were 24-16 in favor of the Flames who lead the Oilers by a score of 4-2. Mike Comrie slid in a power play goal 13 minutes into the third period but 40 seconds later, Fredrik Sjostrom scored for the Flames crushing the Oilers hopes of coming back. Flames took the second of two preseason games 5-3 in Edmonton.
Prior to this battle of Alberta, the Oilers dropped their last two games in Saskatoon against the NY Islanders and in Vancouver where they danced with the Canucks and lost 3-1.
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