Preview: Edmonton Oilers vs Ottawa Senators
The Edmonton Oilers will be making a rare apprence in Ottawa tonight when they take on the Senators.
Last year the Senators took the season series with a sweep over the Oilers. That marked the 3rd time in franchise histroy the Senators have done that, and the first since 2002-2003.
The big story in this one is similar to the New Jersey game. Injuries. Ales Hemsky, Shawn Horcoff, Sheldon Souary, and Ladislav Smid to name a few. This didn't seem to stop New Jersey in beating Ottawa. To make matters worse for the shortlined Oilers is their next 10 of 15 games are on the road.
Edmonton is 2-5-0 on the road so far this season, and because of all the injuries had to make some changes to the lineup and brought up from the AHL, Liam Reddox, and Ryan Potulny. In their frist game of the season they had a combined 1 goal and 2 assists in the win against the Avalanche.
Jesse Winchester of the Senators saw his frist action last game against the Devils after returning from an injury. Winchester had missed the frist 13 games for the Senators and spent the last two weeks in Binghamton on a conditioning stint. Winchester played just over 5 minutes in his return beside Ruutu and Kelly.
The Oilers Mike Comrie, and former Sen, has had a great year, but recently had a bought with the flu. Since coming back has posted 2 goals in 2 games.
As mentionded earlier, the Oilers have battled with injury, Ales Hemsky (shoulder), Shawn Horcoff (shoulder), Sheldon Souary (concussion), and Ladislav Smid (flu). The only Senator missing action is defencemen Anton Volchenkov who is still out with a elbow injury.
At puck drop the Sens will be hoping that Leclarie will get back on his game where he was at the beginning of the year. On the other side Khabibulin is second in the league for the most shots against behind Crag Anderson of the Avalanche.
Unfortunetly I will not be able to catch this game again....so there will not be a live Twitter feed.
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