The Oilers are coming off of a very disappointing 2-1 decision to the Vancouver Canucks 48 hours ago. Tonight, the preseason continues with the Calgary Flames visiting Rexall Place and the young Oilers will try to post a "w" in the column.
With an abundance of talent within the ranks of the Oilers, Head Coach Tom Renney has decided to place the 2010 and 2011 #1 draft picks on the same line with Teemu Hartikainen on the right side. Renney had this to say about his decision to put the aforementioned trio on the first line. "We want to see if there's some synergy there, and maybe a glimpse in to the future - we don't get too far ahead of ourselves. As far as I am concerned, it's another opportunity to evaluate another combination of people."
"I'm excited to play with Hall and Nugent-Hopkins, It's a good opportunity to show my skill and help them as well. I should be good. said Hartikainen.
Here is the rest of tonight's line-up.
Ryan Jones - Sam Gagner - Ryan Keller
Josh Green - Eric Belanger - Tyler Pitlick
Antti Tyrvainen - Anton Lander - Ryan Martindale
With the exception of Ryan Whitney, the Oilers defence may look similar to this come the season opener.
Cam Barker - Kirill Tulupov
Andy Sutton - Tom Gilbert
Theo Peckham - Jeff Petry
In goal for the Oilers will be the 38 year-old Nikolai Khabibulin who will be backed up by Olivier Roy
Flames vs Oilers tonight at 6pm Mountain Time
(streaming available on www.edmontonoilers.com)