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by Chris Wescott / Edmonton Oilers

The Oilers will ice a different lineup tonight against the Ducks than they did last night in a 4-0 loss to the Wild.

Keith Aulie will be taken out of the lineup with Jordan Oesterle making his NHL debut.

“I think anytime a player plays their first game, it’s an exciting time,” Nelson said. “We’re facing a very good hockey team and it’s going to be a great challenge for him. But he’s a guy who can skate very well, he moves the puck well and I’m very excited to watch him play tonight.”

Luke Gazdic replaces Matt Fraser on the wing.

The line combinations are expected as follows:

Pouliot-Nugent-Hopkins-Eberle

Purcell-Roy-Yakupov

Hamilton-Hendricks-Pakarinen

Gazdic-Gordon-Klinkhammer

Ben Scrivens will start in net for the Oilers.

The defensive pairings are expected to be:

Klefbom-Schultz

Marincin-Fayne

Ference-Oesterle

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