The Edmonton Oilers can move into sole possession of second place in the Pacific Division with a win over the Anaheim Ducks Wednesday night at Honda Center.
The two teams are currently tied with 87 points. The winner will also close to just two points behind division-leading San Jose.
“This time of year, there isn’t a casual night. There’s no comfort,” said Oilers head coach Todd McLellan.
“I think it’s a statement game for both teams,” said winger Milan Lucic. “Both teams still have an opportunity to push for the division lead.”
The Oilers have won four straight. Goaltender Cam Talbot hasn’t allowed in goal in over 140 minutes.
“It’s been a point of emphasis for us to be better around our net and the blue paint. We’ve done a heck of a job of that lately,” said Talbot, who is second in the NHL with seven shutouts.
The Oilers will make one lineup change from their win over L.A. on Monday with Anton Slepyshev replacing Matt Hendricks:
Maroon – McDavid – Draisaitl
Lucic – Nugent-Hopkins – Eberle
Pouliot – Desharnais – Kassian
Caggiula – Letestu – Slepyshev
Sekera – Russell
Klefbom – Larsson
Nurse – Gryba
Catch the Oilers and Ducks on 630 CHED with the Face-off Show at 6:30pm. The game starts at 8pm. (jrw)