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Oilers goalie Fasth to face former team

by Staff

Edmonton Oilers goaltender Viktor Fasth will face his former team for the first team when he starts against the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday at Honda Center.

Fasth, who was acquired by the Oilers on March 4 in a trade for a fifth-round pick in 2014 and a third-round pick in 2015, has not started since March 22 when he allowed five goals on 16 shots in an 8-1 home loss to the Calgary Flames.

The undrafted, unheralded Swedish goaltender started last season 11-1-1 with Anaheim.

"It's going to be fun," he told the Oilers website. "I had a good year here and made a lot of friends. Now it's my enemies. [Edmonton] has taken care of me since I got here. Good guys in the group here. It's a good team."

Fasth sat out two games last week after sustaining an upper-body injury in practice but declared himself good to go against Anaheim, which expects to see a motivated goaltender.

"Hopefully you get one past him," Ducks forward Matt Beleskey said after practice Wednesday. "You always want to see him do well, just not [Wednesday]."

With Edmonton experiencing a slew of injuries, forward Steven Pinizzotto was recalled on an emergency basis from Oklahoma City of the American Hockey League. In the past few days the Oilers have lost forwards Ryan Jones and Luke Gazdic for the rest of the season, and defenseman and captain Andrew Ference, who is week-to-week with a torn pectoral muscle.

Ducks goaltender Frederik Andersen will get his third straight start against Edmonton.

Here are the projected lineups:


Taylor Hall - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Jordan Eberle

David Perron - Sam Gagner - Anton Lander

Ryan Smyth - Boyd Gordon - Tyler Pitlick

Steven Pinizzotto - Matt Hendricks - Will Acton

Justin Schultz - Oscar Klefbom

Mark Fraser - Anton Belov

Jeff Petry - Martin Marincin

Viktor Fasth

Ben Scrivens

Scratched: Philip Larsen

Injured: Nail Yakupov (ankle), Ryan Jones (knee), Andrew Ference (pectoral), Luke Gazdic (shoulder), Jesse Joensuu (ankle)


Nick Bonino - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry

Patrick Maroon - Mathieu Perreault - Kyle Palmieri

Andrew Cogliano - Saku Koivu - Jakob Silfverberg

Matt Beleskey - Rickard Rakell - Teemu Selanne

Hampus Lindholm - Ben Lovejoy

Francois Beauchemin - Stephane Robidas

Bryan Allen - Luca Sbisa

Frederik Andersen

Jonas Hiller

Scratched: Sami Vatanen, Mark Fistric, Tim Jackman, Daniel Winnik

Injured: Sheldon Souray (wrist), Cam Fowler (knee)

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