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BLOG: Coach keeps D pairings consistent

by Marc Ciampa / Edmonton Oilers
It appears the Oilers wil go with the same six defencemen on Monday that they had Friday against the Canucks. The pairings were:


Ference-Petry
Marincin-Fayne
Nikitin-Schultz

That means Brad Hunt will be the odd-man out again. Eakins was asked if he was tempted to put Hunt back in considering the power play has dropped off.

"Huntsy's done a great job but we do have to weigh five-on-five play. We feel Nikitin's coming up to speed now. He got hurt in camp and that held him back a little bit but now we feel he can take the minutes on that second power play right now," Eakins remarked.  

"That leaves Huntsy on the outside but he's ready and waiting for the call."
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