at (24-32-8) (21-34-8)Rexall Place -- Edmonton, ABTV: MSG+ Radio: 88.7, 103.9 FM
[sny-box]The Least You Should Know About the Oilers... Despite having the 29th best record in the NHL, Edmonton has won 6 of 10... They played some goalie carousel at the trade deadline sending Ilya Bryzgalov to Minnesota for a fourth round pick and they acquired Anaheim's Viktor Fasth for a third and a fifth...[/sny-box]
When you look at the Oilers and Islanders there are certainly some (sad) similarities. Both teams have struggled since dynasties of the 1980s -- save for Edmonton's run in 2006 -- and both have been rebuilding since the first lockout. Both fanbases are also equally upset about trades; most of the Oilers blogosphere is upset about the team consistently trading for fighters, although the Fasth trade looks good on paper, and the Islanders, well, their deadline deal did not go over well (meanwhile in Montreal, a online retailer has swipe at Garth Snow in the description of their Thomas Vanek Canadiens jersey).
The Islanders will continue playing out the stretch run for the sixth time in the last seven seasons against these Oilers tonight in Edmonton. This is the second game of a four game road trip, which started with an overtime win -- grabner breakaway version -- in Winnipeg on Tuesday night.
Here's the best guess at tonight's lines sans MacDonald and Vanek. Nabokov will get the start in net with Mike Halmo and Matt Donovan also in the lineup.[sny-box]
|Scratches: Martinek, Carkner, Martin IR: Tavares, Nielsen|