January 20 2017 02:23PM
The Edmonton Oilers will close their six-game homestand on a five-game winning streak. They did not play well on Wednesday despite defeating Florida, and head coach Todd McLellan and the players are looking to respond with a much better effort.
McLellan has chosen to start Cam Talbot, the right move in my eyes, and he said tonight's game will have some impact on who starts in goal tomorrow in Calgary. However, the Oilers are focused solely on the Nashville Predators, and once again they need to take advantage of an injury-depleted lineup playing their second game in as many nights.
January 19 2017 02:00PM
The Oilers didn't play a great game last night, but they won. "We won't be perfect all season and putting two points in the bank is important. Come April, it won't matter how this game was played, we'll only know we have the points in the bank," explained head coach Todd McLellan.
He makes a great point, but he also mentioned there is an aspect his team still needs to learn.
January 18 2017 06:55PM
The Panthers are without Nick Bjugstad, Jonathan Huberdeau and Aleksander Barkov. They lost 5-2 in Calgary last night. They are 27th in GF/G at only 2.28 and they are 24th in SA/G at 31.5. They are not close to the 103-point team of last season and the Oilers need to continue their run against teams below them in the standings.
The Oilers are looking for their first four-game home winning streak since December 2-11th, 2015 and this is another game they should win.
January 12 2017 01:35PM
Adam Larsson experienced it last Saturday, playing his first game in his old city against his former team. "It was awkward, and I think tonight will be much easier for me," he said.
Tonight Taylor Hall will return to Edmonton for the first time, and after playing the Oilers on Saturday, Hall thinks tonight will be easier for him, although he admitted it has been different being back in Edmonton for the first time since the trade.
"I've never stayed in a hotel in Edmonton," he laughed. "The game isn't about me. We need a win and hopefully we can start the road trip on a good note."
January 11 2017 02:30PM
"Last night wasn't our best effort, mine in particular, so we have to move forward and focus on tomorrow," Cam Talbot said today after practice. Talbot hasn't had many off nights, but last night was one of them. It was a game where his teammates should have bailed him out and scored five or six, because on many nights he's been a main reason they've won games.
Talbot didn't shy away from his off-night. He owned up to it and he discussed with me what went wrong.