Two teams looking to put bad results behind them square off Tuesday night when the Edmonton Oilers visit the Anaheim Ducks.
The Oilers have lost three straight while the Ducks are coming off a 5-0 loss to Nashville Saturday night.
“When you keep things simple, sometimes that’s when you’re having the most success,” says Oilers winger Milan Lucic. “For me, it’s easy to get up for these games. Division rival, division games, you know what division points mean.”
The Oilers lead the Pacific Division with 19 points. San Jose has 18 points while the Ducks have 17.
Winger Patrick Maroon will play his first game in Anaheim as a member of the visiting team. He was traded from the Ducks to the Oilers at last season’s trade deadline.
“There is going to be a lot of hits. We have big size. We have guys over here who can match their toughness,” says Maroon. The Oilers need to figure out some way to match the Ducks. Anaheim is 24-3-2 against Edmonton since the start of the 2009/10 season.
The Oilers expected lineup is:
Maroon – McDavid – Eberle
Pouliot – Draisaitl – Kassian
Lucic – Nugent-Hopkins – Pitlick
Lander – Letestu – Slepyshev
Klefbom – Larsson
Sekera – Benning
Nurse – Gryba
The Oilers and Ducks are on 630 CHED with the Face-off Show at 6:30pm. The game starts at 8pm. (jrw)