The Edmonton Oilers will try to slow down the Boston Bruins when the two teams tangle Thursday night at Rogers Place.
The Bruins have gone 12-3-0 since Bruce Cassidy replaced Claude Julien as head coach, including a 5-2 win in Calgary Wednesday.
“I think out of all the teams we’ll play on this home stand, they’re perhaps playing the best or the most consistent hockey coming in,” said Oilers head coach Todd McLellan. “They have some strong players, physically strong along the boards. They have some quick players. They have a nice mix.”
The Oilers are 2-2-1 so far on their eight-game home stand. A win would push them past the Flames into third in the Pacific Division. Their only expected lineup change from Tuesday’s 7-1 win over Dallas is Drake Caggiula replacing Matt Hendricks on the fourth line.
“We want to see a confident player,” McLellan said of Caggiula. “I felt that he used his speed to create opportunities, but nothing really happened off them. We need a little more substance at the end.”
The Oilers expected lineup is:
Maroon – McDavid – Draisaitl
Lucic – Nugent-Hopkins – Eberle
Pouliot – Desharnais – Kassian
Caggiula – Letestu – Slepyshev
Sekera – Russell
Klefbom – Larsson
Nurse – Benning
The Oilers and Bruins are on 630 CHED with the Face-off Show at 5:30pm. The game starts at 7pm. (jrw)