After shutting out the Calgary Flames a few nights ago the Edmonton Oilers will now try there hands against the Phoenix Coyotes.
During the afternoon skate it said that Hemsky, Horcoff, and Smyth were reunited on the same line which instantly brought back a lot of memories for the trio.
“It's going to be a lot of fun,” Ryan Smyth said about practicing with his old line mates. “We're going to re-hash some memories and hopefully we can get something going. We have a good read off each other pretty good."
While it may seem that the Oilers will place the aforementioned players on the same line tonight; Head Coach Tom Renney was quick to reiterate that every option whether it be old or new will be closely inspected and considered. Hence, it's all about chemistry and timing.
“You've got to look at your entire team, the roster and who can deliver what. At some point in time, they need to know what's expected of them. I've got a plan for these guys. It doesn't necessarily include the trio together, but it's an option.” Renney said.
Aside from the Horcoff line, Edmonton fans will once again get a good look at Ryan Nugent-Hopkins who will center Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle on the second line.
“It should be good,” Eberle said. “Me and Taylor played together last year and had some good chemistry. In the short couple games we've played together, I've had some chemistry with Hopkins as well."
Eric Belanger will suit up tonight to face his ex-squad and he will center between Tyrvainen and Jones.
The goaltenders for tonight's game will feature the Bulin Wall who will be backed up by Yann Danis.
Sam Gagner who was injured playing against the Calgary Flames has found out that he has a low grade high ankle sprain and will be out "week to week." said Gagner who is now wearing leg brace on his left leg. Gagner though is expecting to return to the line-up in time for the start of the season.
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