Three of the Edmonton Oilers top four leading scorers are expected to be on the same line against the Winnipeg Jets Thursday night.
Connor McDavid, who leads the team with 31 points, will likely be flanked by Milan Lucic and Leon Draisaitl, who both have 17 points.
“I think that he (McDavid) has an opportunity to connect with those two right now,” says head coach Todd McLellan. “Our other players that we’ve put there aren’t capitalizing on some of their opportunities. Leon, in my opinion, has been one of top forwards over the last few weeks.”
The Oilers will be trying to break out of a three-game winless skid. They’ve scored only five goals in those games.
“Even thought we lost at home the last couple of games, I still think we played pretty good hockey,” says Draisaitl. “Obviously, there are moments we’re a little sloppy, but if you watch the all-around game, I don’t think we played a terrible game.”
Winger Tyler Pitlick is expected to play after being a healthy scratch the last two games. “I don’t change anything. I just play hard, play physical, and shoot the puck,” says Pitlick.
The Oilers expected lineup is:
Lucic – McDavid – Draisaitl
Pouliot – Nugent-Hopkins – Eberle
Pitlick – Caggiula – Slepyshev
Maroon – Letestu – Kassian
Klefbom – Larsson
Sekera – Russell
Nurse – Benning
The Oilers beat the Jets 3-0 when they met in the Heritage Classic at Investors Group Field on October 23. Winnipeg has won its last two after enduring a five-game losing streak.
Catch the game on 630 CHED with the Face-off Show at 4:30pm. The game starts at 6pm. (jrw)