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IN-GAME BLOG: Oilers vs. Wild

by Ashley Docking / Edmonton Oilers
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Forward Lines:

Pouliot - Nugent-Hopkins - Eberle
Purcell - Roy - Yakupov
Klinkhammer - Lander - Fraser
Gazdic - Gordon - Klinkhammer

Defensive Pairings:

Ference - Petry
Klefbom - Fayne
Nikitin - Schultz



Scratches: Aulie (healthy), Pitlick (lacerated spleen), Hall (leg)


PRE GAME: Beautiful tribute for Cst. Wynn. Even better moment when his kids participate in the ceremonial puck drop.  

20:00: Ready, go! Back from the All-Star break and the Oilers are taking on the Wild. Things should get... wild?! Sorry.

Oilers are going to get a chance on the PP early in the game. Mikael Granlund, two for delay of game. 
12:16: I mean, it's been a bit slow so far. Vacation legs for a lot of the players I'm sure. Shots 2-1 for the Oilers. 

10:49: Nino Niederreiter (15) jumps on the loose puck in front of the net. Top corner, glove side on Fasth.| EDM 0, MIN 1

10:10: The Oilers have been pretty consistent with answering goals the last little while. PP again to try and even the game at one. 

7:45: A little bit of fire from the Oilers in front of Fasth: 

7:27: Parise squirting blood all over the ice. Heads to the locker room, presumably for minor surgery. Thinking he'll BRB. 

1:26: Klink clanks into Matt Cooke. Some would call it a knee-on-knee hit, I'm more inclined to say it was an accident. The officials say it was tripping.  

0:00: Oilers to start the second on the PK. 


WHILE YOU WAIT: Intermission Entertinment HERE.

17:24: Hey @SunTrevorRobb, can you never request that song again. Thanks #Oilerstunes

15:25: Benoit Pouliot gets the first good chance this period for the Oilers. Slapper from close range is stopped by Dubnyk.

14:15: Petry just rocks Granlund, who's just returning from injury. 

9:40: Justin Schultz gets past the defence and is robbed by a falling Dubnyk!

7:25: Fun fact, Mark Fayne is wearing the econd 'A' tonight, since Hall is out.  

2:44: Boyd Gordon (6) goes for the 'old fashioned', puck hits Kyle Brodziak's skate and goes in. | EDM 1, MIN 1

Tied up after two. Oilers looking for their third straight win for the first time since a four game streak, October 20-27.


WHILE YOU WAIT: Intermission Entertinment HERE.

Mikko Koivu lost four of five second period faceoffs, dropping his FO% to 64% from 89%.
ICYMI: Wonderful moment at the beginning of tonights game. 

18:25: Dubnyk miss plays the puck off the end boards.  It swims around in the crease but doesn't find the back of the net. 

17:26: Brief stoppage in play, as Yak tags Prosser behind. He goes down but seems fine. 
13:14: Jeff Petry adds to his 22 penatly minutes. Holding. Second PK for the Wild. 

9:10: UGH! 2-on-1 rush and Oilers' Purcell can't get a shot on net. Shortly after Pouliot gets sprung and misfires. 

5:45: Tonight Dubnyk be like: 

4:23: Very nice, Charlie Coyle. | EDM 1, MIN 2

Oilers rally call: 

Oilers get the chance to tie it up. 6-on-4 for the remainder of the game. Ryan Suter sits in the box to watch. 

Double minors to Yakupov and Prosser. Final chance to tie the game, the draw is in Minnesota's end. 

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