Two teams racing for playoff positions square off Tuesdsay night at Rogers Place when the Edmonton Oilers host the New York Islanders.
The Oilers are second in the Pacific Division, two points ahead of Anaheim and Calgary. The Islanders are clinging to the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference, one point ahead of Toronto. They’ve moved up in the standings since Doug Weight replaced Jack Capuano as head coach, going 13-6-3 with Weight behind the bench.
“I do know that the team has played well since Dougie has come in. Their confidence level seems to be higher. One of the big challenges we’ll have tonight is that our desperation level matches their’s,” said Oilers head coach Todd McLellan.
“They’ve been good since they got their new coach,” said Oilers captain Connor McDavid. “They’re playing desperate hockey. They’re in a playoff hunt, and so are we. I expect a good game.”
This will be game two of the Oilers eight-game homestand. Catch the action on 630 CHED with the Face-off Show at 5:30pm. The game starts at 7pm.
The Oilers projected lineup is:
Maroon – McDavid – Draisaitl
Lucic – Nugent-Hopkins – Eberle
Caggiula – Desharnais – Kassian
Hendricks – Letestu – Khaira
Sekera – Benning
Klefbom – Larsson
Nurse – Gryba
The teams last met November 5 in Brooklyn with the Oilers winning 4-3 in a shootout. (jrw)