EDMONTON, AB - Tonight marks the ninth game in 15 days for the Oilers as they host the Anaheim Ducks. The Ducks have taken the first two games in the season series, including a 2-1 decision in Edmonton and 4-2 win in Anaheim.
Five Ducks players have two points in two games against the Oilers this season and goaltender Frederik Andersen is 2-0-0 with a 1.50 GAA and .933 save percentage for the series.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins leads the Oilers with a goal and an assist in two games against the Ducks this season. Tyler Pitlick, Jeff Petry and Rob Klinkhammer are the only other goal scorers for the Oilers.
The Oilers are struggling through injuries, including a rib issue with Jeff Petry. The Oilers defenceman is day to day, with no word on whether or not he’ll return to the lineup against the Ducks. Jordan Oesterle, recalled from Oklahoma City on Friday, could make his NHL debut in his place.
“He’s a very good skater, he can move on the ice and he’s a smart hockey player,” Oilers Interim Coach Todd Nelson said of Oesterle. “He has the ability to jump up in the play to create offence and he moves the puck well. That’s the way he was playing down in OKC. He was really good in 4-on-4 situations because he could out-leg guys and create offence with that.”
Oesterle has 21 points (6-15-21) in 49 games with the Barons in the American Hockey League.
The Ducks beat the Calgary Flames 6-3 last night, after scoring five-straight goals in the second and third periods. They were down 2-0 when they began their run.
Although coming off that win, Anaheim has lost five of their last seven games, dating back to a 3-2 shootout loss in Washington on February 6. The Ducks are third in the Western Conference with 79 points in the standings.
The Oilers lost 4-0 to the Wild last night, as former Edmonton goaltender Devan Dubnyk stopped 15 shots for the shutout.
-- Chris Wescott, edmontonoilers.com
DUCKS (36-16-7) at OILERS (17-33-10)
TV: SN1; FS-W
Season series: The Anaheim Ducks won both halves of a home-and-home series against the Edmonton Oilers in December. Goaltender Frederick Andersen allowed three goals on 45 shots in the two victories.
Ducks team scope: Anaheim appeared to be headed for a third straight loss when the Calgary Flames took a 2-0 lead late into the second period on Friday. But Andrew Cogliano scored before intermission, and the Ducks got five goals in the third period to earn a 6-3 victory. "We've been struggling a little bit the last couple of weeks and [Friday] was one of those games where we looked like we took it upon ourselves to play hockey and get that killer instinct mentality and that's what we need down the stretch," said center Ryan Getzlaf, who had a goal and an assist in the big third period. It was the Ducks' eighth win this season when trailing after two periods, and the five-goal third period tied a franchise record.
Oilers team scope: Coach Todd Nelson didn't have a lot of nice things to say about his team's performance Friday. The Oilers managed 15 shots and lost 4-0 at home to the Minnesota Wild. "It was a tough game for us moving the puck and we didn't execute very well," he said. "I thought our structure was off. When you put all of those things together, that's what happens. All 20 guys struggled tonight." This will be the Oilers' eighth game in 13 days, including three in four on a quick homestand.