The Edmonton Oilers know what it takes to beat the New York Rangers. Doing it will be the hard part.
Ten days ago in New York, the Oilers had the lead or were tied with the Rangers for most of the game, but Rick Nash broke a 3-3 tie with 1:21 left. The Rangers added an empty net goal to win 5-3.
“They’re a really fast team,” says Oilers centre Anton Lander. “They find a way to win. We weren’t happy about that. We gave up a point, maybe two.”
“They don’t go away. They have the ability to score in bunches,” says head coach Todd McLellan. “A lot of teams you have to get to three to have success. With the Rangers, you almost have to get to five with the way they’re scoring.”
Forward Zack Kassian will likely return to action after missing the last three games win an injury. McLellan wouldn’t say who would come out if Kassian plays, though it’s likely to be Jesse Puljujarvi or Anton Slepyshev.
The Oilers have a record of 9-5-1 and are coming off back-to-back regulation time losses for the first time all season. The Rangers won 4-1 in Calgary on Saturday and are 11-4-0.
Catch the game on 630 CHED with the Face-off Show at 6pm. The game starts at 7:30pm. (jrw)