BLUE JACKETS 4 | OILERS 3
Mark Letestu Post Game
Curtis McElhinney Post Game
Todd Richards Post Game
Mark Letestu Goal
Alexander Wennberg Shootout Winner
Ryan Johansen Goal
David Savard Goal
UPDATE (2:05 PM): Curtis McElhinney is expected to start in goal tonight vs. the Oilers. Todd Richards said Tuesday that it was looking that way. Tonight would be McElhinney's first start since Mar. 7 vs. Colorado.
UPDATE (1:45 PM): Fox Sports Ohio's Dave Maetzold reports that Boone Jenner, Brandon Dubinsky, and Ryan Craig are all on the ice for the Blue Jackets' morning skate in Edmonton. Dubinsky is taking line rushes with Rene Bourque and Cam Atkinson, and it appears he will play tonight.
Who's ready for some late-night hockey in Edmonton?
The Blue Jackets head out to western Canada for a three-game trip that starts tonight at Rexall Place against the Oilers. The two teams faced off just five days ago, a back-and-forth affair that went to the shootout. The Blue Jackets have been a solid shootout team this season, 6-2 in the shootout for the year, and they took care of business against the Oilers thanks to five saves by Sergei Bobrovsky and a nifty winner by Alexander Wennberg.
Now these teams face-off again in Alberta for the first and only time this year. It hasn't been a friendly venue for the Blue Jackets in the past, losers in their past six visits to Rexall Place. It hasn't been "home, sweet home" to the Oilers either, who are just 11-20-2 in Edmonton this year. It's the second game of a six-game home stand for the Oilers.
Here are some pre-game nuggets:
- Oilers sniper Taylor Hall has been out of the lineup since Feb. 2, but returned to the ice with his teammates for yesterday's morning skate prior to a 4-1 Oilers win over the Maple Leafs. There is still no timetable for Hall's return, meaning he isn't scheduled to see game action tonight against the Blue Jackets.
- The Blue Jackets had a significant player return to practice as well on Monday, as Boone Jenner returned to the ice. Jenner has been out since Dec. 18 with a back injury and will not play against Edmonton. However, he is on the trip and Todd Richards hopes he may be ready for Saturday in Calgary.
- Artem Anisimov missed Monday's practice and Brandon Dubinsky left the ice early, with Richards saying both were banged up from Sunday's game against the Hurricanes. Richards could not commit to either players' availability for Tuesday night. Ryan Craig was called up from AHL Springfield on an emergency basis, which gives Richards some options if either player is unavailable.
- The Jackets had to go up against the NHL's hottest power play since the All-Star break when they faced the Hurricanes last week. That title now belongs to another team, the Oilers, who had a 28.1 percent success rate since Jan. 27 heading into Monday's game against Toronto. They continued to click with two power play goals on Wednesday, after netting three against the Jackets last Friday.