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Cammalleri playing first game with Edmonton; St. Louis aims to avoid third straight loss

by Derek Van Diest / NHL.com Correspondent

BLUES (13-5-1) at OILERS (7-9-2)

9 p.m. ET; SNW, FS-MW, NHL.TV

 

The Game

Forward Michael Cammalleri will make his debut for the Edmonton Oilers against the St. Louis Blues at Rogers Place on Thursday.

Cammalleri, 35, was acquired in a trade with the Los Angeles Kings for forward Jussi Jokinen on Tuesday. Cammalleri had seven points (three goals, four assists) in 15 games with Los Angeles.

The Oilers are 3-1-1 in their past five games. They scored eight goals in a victory against the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday after scoring eight goals in their previous five games, when they went 2-2-1.

The Blues look to avoid a third consecutive loss after going 9-1-1 in their previous 11 games.

 

Players to watch

Oilers center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored two goals against Vegas and has 11 points (six goals, five assists) in his past 10 games.

Blues forward Jaden Schwartz leads St. Louis in scoring with 24 points (10 goals, 14 assists) in 19 games, and has seven points (two goals, five assists) in his past five games.

 

They said it

"I'm really excited about the hockey opportunity, coming to this team and seeing where this team wants to go. I'm just really excited to come play hockey here." -- Oilers forward Mike Cammalleriv

"I think we got a little complacent there, things were so good to us that it seemed we were coming to the rink every night and knowing we were going to win. Maybe you take your foot off the gas a little bit and you realize you can get beat on any given night." -- Blues center Brayden Schenn on losing two consecutive games for the first time this season

 

Blues projected lineup

Jaden Schwartz -- Brayden Schenn -- Vladimir Tarasenko

Vladimir Sobotka -- Paul Stastny -- Alexander Steen

Magnus Paajarvi -- Oskar Sundqvist -- Dmitrij Jaskin

Scottie Upshall -- Kyle Brodziak -- Chris Thorburn

Joel Edmundson -- Alex Pietrangelo

Carl Gunnarsson -- Colton Parayko

Vince Dunn -- Robert Bortuzzo

Jake Allen

Carton Hutton

Scratched: Nate Prosser

Injured: Robby Fabbri (knee), Zachary Sanford (shoulder), Patrik Berglund (shoulder), Jay Bouwmeester (ankle)

 

Oilers projected lineup

Patrick Maroon -- Connor McDavid -- Leon Draisaitl

Milan Lucic -- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins -- Jesse Puljujarvi

Michael Cammalleri -- Ryan Strome -- Iiro Pakarinen

Drake Caggiula -- Mark Letestu -- Zack Kassian

Darnell Nurse -- Adam Larsson

Oscar Klefbom -- Matt Benning

Kris Russell -- Yohann Auvitu

Cam Talbot

Laurent Brossoit

Scratched:  Eric Gryba, Brad Malone

Injured: Andrej Sekera (knee), Anton Slepyshev (groin), Jujhar Khaira (upper body)

 

Status report

Khaira is day to day. … Paajarvi returns to the lineup after being a healthy scratch against the Calgary Flames. He will replace Beau Bennett, who was assigned to Chicago of the American Hockey League on Tuesday.

 

Stat pack

St. Louis has one regulation loss against Western Conference opponents this season (6-1-1) … Schenn has 11 points (two goals, nine assists) in a five-game point streak. … Tarasenko has eight points (four goals, four assists) in his past five games … McDavid has six points (four goals, two assists) in his past five games.

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