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PREVIEW: Oilers at Ducks

Wednesday, 04.02.2014 / 6:27 PM

Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com

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PREVIEW: Oilers at Ducks
Edmonton Oilers vs. Anaheim Ducks


INSIDE THE OILERS

 

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AT THE HOTEL

 

ANAHEIM, CA - The Oilers were outshot 52-23 by the Anaheim Ducks in their latest showdown on March 28, but Edmonton managed to defeat their opponents 4-3 in overtime.

Now the Oilers are coming off of a game last night against the Sharks in which they may believe they deserved a better fate with the way they battled in a 5-4 loss to the San Jose Sharks.

“I thought we battled pretty hard,” Taylor Hall said. “That’s a tough team in their building and they seem to play well a lot against us but, like I said, I thought we battled right until the end. A couple of mistakes cost us at the end of the game but for the most part we were in it and our line felt good.”

Hall had a four-point night against the Sharks as the Oilers top line combined for a 10-point game.

“It’s a lot of fun playing with those guys when we’re on,” Hall said. “When we’re working hard to get pucks back and when we’re playing well defensively, it seems to work out on the other end. It was just one of those nights where maybe we didn’t have as many chances as we usually have but everything went in and that’s always fun to see.”

The Oilers are looking to take some of the good things they did against the Sharks and transition them into the game against Anaheim tonight.

“I think we can take a lot of positives out of that game and I think that’s exactly what we’ve got to do coming into tonight,” Ryan Nugent-Hopkins said. “It’s a similar kind of team. They’re a little bit heavier a team and they have a lot of skill and right now, they’re fighting for spots in the playoffs. We know they’re going to come at us hard and it’s going to be the same effort needed from us tonight.”

BANGED UP

The Oilers are a pack of walking wounded lately with several players throughout the lineup playing hurt. The most recent casualty is rookie forward Tyler Pitlick who suited up and sat on the bench last night but didn’t play a shift in the loss to the Sharks. He is dealing with a hurt knee after blocking a shot off of it last week.

The Oilers have recalled Steve Pinizzotto from the Oklahoma City Barons today, presumably to play in Pitlick’s spot.

“When guys are out, other guys have to pick up their roles and try to fill that space,” Nugent-Hopkins said of the current state of the roster. “I thought we did a pretty good job of that and even though we’re a little banged up right now, we’ve done a pretty good job of keeping the work ethic and the compete up.”

SEARCHING FOR A VIKTOR-Y

Edmonton acquired goaltender Viktor Fasth from the Anaheim Ducks at the trade deadline and he has been wanting to play against his former team ever since. Unfortunately for Fasth, the goalie suffered a neck injury in practice that held him out of the last matchup.

Fasth is healthy now and will get the start against his former team in his former town. He seemed very excited this morning.

“I am,” he said. “It’s going to be fun. I had a good year here and made a lot of friends but that’s not what I’m facing tonight.

“Now it’s my enemies,” he laughed.

The Oilers will be working towards getting him the win tonight.

“He’s been great to us, he’s been a good teammate and I know he’s a very competitive guy and he’s going to take this game real seriously,” Hall said. “For us, we always want to help out guys that are playing their former teams and tonight’s a great challenge for us.”

-- Chris Wescott, edmontonoilers.com

 

NHL.COM PREVIEW

 

OILERS (26-41-9) at DUCKS (49-18-8)

TV: SNET-W, SNET-EDM; KDOC

Last 10: Edmonton 3-6-1; Anaheim 6-3-1

Season series: The Anaheim Ducks are 2-0-1 against the Edmonton Oilers this season, with both victories coming at Honda Center. The teams play again Sunday in Edmonton.

Big story: The Ducks need as many points as they can get in their final seven games in an attempt to hold off the San Jose Sharks in the race for first place in the Pacific Division and overtake the St. Louis Blues for the top spot in the Western Conference. They'll try to make up for leaving one on the table this past Friday night in Edmonton, when they outshot the Oilers 52-23 but lost 4-3 in overtime.

Team Scope:

Oilers: The line of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle was unstoppable Tuesday night at Rexall Place, torching the Sharks for four goals and 10 points. It still wasn't enough, though; the Oilers blew a 4-3 lead in the third period and left for Orange County with a 5-4 loss after overcoming a 3-1 deficit. The winning goal came on the last of San Jose's seven power plays.

"We knew coming in we couldn't take penalties, but for whatever reason, a couple that we probably shouldn't have taken and it comes back to bite us," Nugent-Hopkins said. "I thought we showed a lot of push back. The way we climbed back in the game was really big for us. We just have to take some momentum from it."

Ducks: Anaheim is nothing if not resilient. The Ducks enter the night one point ahead of San Jose for the division lead because they refused to give up on a game that looked lost.

The Ducks trailed the Winnipeg Jets 4-0 late in the second period Monday night, but rallied to force overtime and won the game on Stephane Robidas' goal 16 seconds into OT.

Coach Bruce Boudreau told the media Tuesday he believed his team could beat the Jets, but stopped short of saying the greatest comeback in team history will carry over.

"I don't think those thoughts," Boudreau said. "I think it's great in the moment. It gives you confidence from now on you're never out of a game. But I had those thoughts once [while coaching] Washington; down 4-1 in a playoff game, we won in overtime. I said it's a team of destiny, and then we lost in the second round. So that destiny didn't last too long.

"I don't want to put the same kind of burden on this team. You don't want to have to win 5-4 games, because you can't survive in the playoffs."

Who's hot: Hall had a four-point night in San Jose and has seven points in his past four games. Eberle had a goal and two assists against the Sharks, giving him six points in five games. … Ducks forward Corey Perry has goals in back-to-back games and six points in his past five games. Center Ryan Getzlaf has seven points in that span.

Injury report: Edmonton is without defenseman Andrew Ference (pectoral tear) and forwards Nail Yakupov (ankle), Jesse Joensuu (ankle) and Ryan Jones (torn PCL). … The Ducks are missing defenseman Cam Fowler (knee), though Boudreau said he may be able to return next week. Defenseman Marc Fistric (lower body) had an MRI on Monday

-- John Kreiser, NHL.com
2013-2014 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Apr 06 '14 ANA 2 at EDM 4 J. Schultz
Apr 02 '14 EDM 2 at ANA 3 F. Beauchemin
Mar 28 '14 ANA 3 at EDM 4 - OT A. Ference
Jan 03 '14 EDM 2 at ANA 5 B. Lovejoy
Dec 15 '13 EDM 2 at ANA 3 D. Penner
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
T. Hall70264773-174061
J. Eberle75263460-131864
D. Perron73262955-148272
R. Nugent-Hopkins75183553-142264
S. Gagner6392534-283711
J. Schultz6992029-181412
A. Hemsky5591726-132021
N. Yakupov63111324-333641
R. Smyth67101323-154251
B. Gordon7181321-152011
M. Arcobello4141418-7811
A. Ference7131518-186301
J. Petry7561016-233810
P. Larsen25369-5810
M. Hendricks72527-910701
A. Belov52167-133200
R. Jones52246+04001
J. Joensuu42325-161611
M. Marincin39055-21600
C. Potter16055+02100
L. Gazdic67224-812700
N. Schultz60044-112400
W. Acton25213-32100
O. Klefbom12123-4000
T. Fedun4202-1000
M. Fraser37112-167100
L. Smid17112-61600
T. Pitlick8101-2000
A. Lander22011-8400
B. Eager7011+1200
D. Grebeshkov7011+0200
M. Brown8000+11900
B. Hunt3000-3000
R. Horak2000-1000
R. Hamilton2000-2000
S. Pinizzotto1000-1000
L. Omark1000-1000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
B. Scrivens3714-15-48611042.55.922
D. Dubnyk3211-17-2948853.36.894
I. Bryzgalov205-8-5576223.01.908
V. Fasth104-4-2282562.89.891
J. LaBarbera71-3-0191463.28.870
R. Bachman30-2-17833.02.916
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
R. Getzlaf72315384+302957
C. Perry76413778+336579
N. Bonino71202747+101671
M. Perreault63182240+143241
A. Cogliano76211839+162405
C. Fowler6763036+151442
D. Penner49131932+222852
K. Palmieri65121729+103604
S. Koivu61101828+44201
H. Lindholm7262127+283411
D. Winnik7042327+32301
T. Selanne6091625+51243
P. Maroon5681725+109112
J. Silfverberg4781321+31211
M. Beleskey5061420+64502
S. Vatanen4661319+72220
B. Lovejoy7251116+223102
F. Beauchemin6541115+263511
E. Etem297411+3412
S. Robidas325510+101811
B. Allen63099+197300
D. Smith-Pelly16178+5200
L. Sbisa27156-24300
T. Jackman35415-210100
M. Fistric34145+92800
A. Grant2202+3200
R. Rakell14022-2200
P. Holland4101-1200
N. Yonkman2011-1000
D. Steckel6000+0000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
J. Hiller4829-11-711313042.41.913
F. Andersen2619-5-0567462.27.925
V. Fasth52-2-1151312.95.885