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Edmonton tries to gain in race for second wild card in West; Gibson in goal for Anaheim

by Derek Van Diest / Correspondent

DUCKS (32-37-10) at OILERS (34-34-9)



The Game

The Edmonton Oilers will attempt to gain ground in the race for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference when they host the Anaheim Ducks at Rogers Place on Saturday.

Edmonton is eight points behind the Colorado Avalanche for the second wild card with five games remaining. Mikko Koskinen will start in goal for the Oilers, who are 6-4-2 this month.

Anaheim is seventh in the Pacific Division and has been eliminated from playoff contention. The Ducks are playing the second of back-to-back games after losing 6-1 at the Calgary Flames on Friday.

John Gibson will start in goal for the Ducks after Ryan Miller played in Calgary.


Players to watch

Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg has 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) in his past 14 games.

Oilers center Connor McDavid has 32 points (nine goals, 23 assists) in his past 17 games. He is second in the NHL in scoring with 114 points (40 goals, 74 assists) in 73 games.


They said it

"It's been good. We have some young guys up right now, and all the older guys are helping us out right. You're trying to learn something new every day." -- Ducks rookie forward Sam Steel

"We're just going to try and play the same way as we did last game, I thought we played really well, and we just have to find a way to close those games out." -- Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl


Ducks projected lineup

Rickard Rakell -- Devin Shore -- Jakob Silfverberg

Daniel Sprong -- Adam Henrique -- Corey Perry

Kiefer Sherwood -- Sam Steel -- Sam Carrick

Max Jones -- Derek Grant -- Carter Rowney

Hampus Lindholm -- Jacob Larsson

Cam Fowler -- Andy Welinski

Jaycob Megna -- Korbinian Holzer

John Gibson

Ryan Miller

Scratched: Chase De Leo

Injured: Ondrej Kase (shoulder), Chad Johnson (head), Brendan Guhle (upper body), Ryan Kesler (hip), Nick Ritchie (upper body), Ryan Getzlaf (upper body), Josh Manson (upper body), Troy Terry (lower body)


Oilers projected lineup

Leon Draisaitl -- Connor McDavid -- Zack Kassian

Joseph Gambardella -- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins -- Alex Chiasson

Tobias Rieder -- Colby Cave -- Sam Gagner

Milan Lucic -- Kyle Brodziak -- Jujhar Khaira

Oscar Klefbom -- Adam Larsson

Darnell Nurse -- Kris Russell

Andrej Sekera -- Matt Benning

Mikko Koskinen

Anthony Stolarz

Scratched: Kevin Gravel, Ty Rattie, Alexander Petrovic, Brad Malone, Josh Currie

Injured: Jesse Puljujarvi (lower body)


Status report

Terry sustained a lower-body injury against Calgary and won't play. The Ducks recalled Carrick and De Leo from San Diego of the American Hockey League … Khaira will return after missing the past five games with a foot injury.


Stat pack

Steel has five points (three goals, two assists) in his past four games … Draisaitl has 35 points (15 goals, 20 assists) in his past 22 games. Nugent-Hopkins has seven points (six goals, one assist) in his past six games.

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