Saturday, September 21, 2013

Thoughts on Oilers Lines Vs Canucks

Tonight's Oilers Forwards: 
Smyth-Hall-Hemsky
Perron-Gagner-Eberle
Hamilton-Khaira-Yakupov
Jones-Acton-Brown

Oilers Defence:
Nurse-Petry
Grebeshkov-Belov
Fedun-Hunt

Oilers Goalies (1/2 game each):
LaBarbera 
Rimmer

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I'm interested in seeing this Oilers squad tonight. 

We will see another look of Hall with Smyth and Hemsky. Possible line come the start of the season. 

The 2nd line can also be a opening night line. Gagner with Perron and Eberle on his wings. Expect at least two goals from this line tonight. 

The 3rd line is interesting. Yakupov will have to play his ass of to not make this line a liability. He's going to have to crank it up. I bet he does. 

The 4th line is another possible opening night line. I'm expecting lots of crashing and banging out of these three. All three players need to have a statement game. HNIC is the best stage there is. 

Nurse continues to impress. He's taking the left side and will slot in with Jeff Petry. These two are going to play big minutes. 

Anton Belov makes his Oilers debut alongside fellow Russian Grebeshkov. I'm excited to see Belov play. Heard lots, but I don't recall watching him ever. 

The last pairing is Fedun and Hunt. Hunt been good and this is his chance to show off his skills. 

LaBarbera and Rimmer will share the goaltending duties tonight. Each will play half a game. 

Game starts at 8pm mountain time on CBC. 

-WRITTEN BY AN OPTIMISTIC SMOKIN' RAY BURNT-

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