Defenceman Eric Gryba and centre Anton Lander will play their first games of the season Friday night when the Edmonton Oilers visit the Calgary Flames.
“We just think the size and the ability to penalty kill is something we need right now,” says head coach Todd McLellan.
Gryba will replace injured defenceman Brandon Davidson while Lander goes in for Anton Slepyshev.
“It’s been quite the roller coaster since the end of last season,” says Gryba, who signed with the Oilers earlier this week after being in camp on a professional try out contract.
The Oilers are trying to sweep the home-and-home set after downing the Flames 7-4 Wednesday at Rogers Place.
“We can’t get tricked with a 7-4 win. There were some areas of the game that need significant improvement if we’re going to have success here tonight,” says McLellan.
The Oilers expected lineup is:
Catch the Oilers and Flames on 630 CHED with the Face-off Show at 5:30pm and puck drop at 7pm. (jrw)