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The Sabres have been miserable on the road this season (5 14 6). TV: Sportsnet, Radio: 630 CHED
Anton Slepyshev will get another chance to gain some trust from the Edmonton Oilers coaching staff, drawing in for Mike Cammalleri against Buffalo Sabres Tuesday.
Slepyshev has been a healthy scratch for five games, his last game in Dallas Jan. 6. He only played three of the past 15 games and after a strong playoff last season, he available in a trade. He has one goal and three points in 18 games this year, sitting out last Saturday when they recalled Iiro Pakarinen from Bakersfield and put him on the fourth line.
has to get in and get things done, said Oiler coach Todd McLellan. one game into two games. play with Ryan Strome and Jujhar Khaira on the third line.
Goalie Cam Talbot will start for the Oilers after watching former backup Laurent Brossoit in the 3 1 loss in November. At the time, they said he was sick but it was more a game off to rest his sore ribs, He came back after that Buffalo game to beat the Bruins in Boston and Arizona at home before he went on injured reserve for three weeks in December.
It the fourth meeting between the 2015 No. 1 and No. 2 picks Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel. Each has missed a game with his broken collarbone and Eichel with a bad ankle.
Oilers’ keys to the gameStaying hot
Winger Jesse Puljujarvi is coming off his best game as an Edmonton Oiler a goal and two assists against Vancouver and wants to keep that momentum going against the Sabres.
If he can find a way to stay close to his current level, he is going to have a wicked second half of the season.
Ripe for the picking
The Sabres will be playing the second of back to back games when they play the Oilers on Tuesday.
Hosting a team that just got softened up by the Calgary Flames the night before should set up well for an Oilers team that can always use an edge. Edmonton might even seen a backup goalie at the other end.
While the Oilers have a better record on the road (11 11 2) than they do at home (10 12 1),
they still have the statistical edge with Buffalo coming to visit.
The Sabres have been miserable on the road this season (5 14 6). If Edmonton is to make a late season charge, it has to establish itself at home. Starting Tuesday.
The Oilers have one power play goal in their last nine games and none in their last five after going 0 for 3 against the Canucks.
Not only are they firing blanks with the man advantage, but the problem is compounded by the fact they haven been drawing many penalties at all, just nine in the last five games.
On the bright side for Edmonton, Buffalo road PK is 28th in the NHL.
Close to even
After working for months to get to .500 (17 17 2) at the Christmas break, only to slide down the hill by losing six of their next seven games, the Oilers are now two wins away from evening their record before the All Star break.
Beating the Sabres and the Flames will get them to 23 23 3 with 33 games to go.
Centres Jack Eichel of the Buffalo Sabres, left, and Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers vie for the puck during NHL action on Nov.
Big matchupConnor McDavid vs. Jack Eichel
The two stars of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft in Florida go head to head for just the third time in their careers.
These dynamic centres are both struggling to get their teams into the playoffs this season but both are still highly competitive players who will want to be the best on the ice when the puck drops.
Eichel leads the Sabres with 44 points while McDavid is tops on the Oilers with 53. They had a few of their previous meetings sidelined by injuries, but seeing them go head to head in the same game is definitely a night that hockey fans should be circling on their calendars.