The last time the Edmonton Oilers played a Sunday night home game, they stunk.
Two weeks ago, the Oilers hosted the Buffalo Sabres and were pounded 6-2. They haven’t lost since then, winning five in a row, and are hoping they’re better equipped to handle prosperity.
“I guess the evidence suggests that we are,” says head coach Todd McLellan. “Our practices have been pretty good since then. Our meetings, our approach to games has been good. But human nature is to let things go when it’s going good and to take short cuts.”
“After that game, we said let’s forget this one and learn from it,” centre Anton Lander says of the Buffalo debacle.
The Oilers lineup is expected to remain the same as Friday in Vancouver:
Lucic – McDavid – Eberle
Pouliot – Nugent-Hopkins – Kassian
Maroon – Draisaitl – Puljujarvi
Lander – Letestu – Pitlick
Klefbom – Larsson
Sekera – Russell
Nurse – Gryba
Cam Talbot will start in goal for the ninth game in a row. He has shutouts in two of his last three games. Senators goalie Craig Anderson will play. He rejoined the team Saturday night from a leave of absence. His wife, Nicholle, has been diagnosed with cancer.
“I think he’s picked up where he’s left off last year,” says McLellan. “He wants to play every night. Never once has he come up and said I’m a little bit tired or I’m worn out.”
The Oilers and Senators are on 630 CHED with the Face-off Show at 5:30pm. The game starts at 7pm. (jrw)