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SPORTS

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Game Day
Oilers (8-9-4) at Blue Jackets (6-12-4)
Today, 5 pm SportsNet West, 630 CHED

The Edmonton Sun n Tuesday, March 5, 2013

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THE MATCHUP
As much as the Oilers are struggling to score, they’re still better than Blue Jackets offensively.

OILERS GAMEDAY LINES
Nail Yakupov Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Jordan Eberle Magnus Paajarvi Sam Gagner Ales Hemsky Ryan Jones Eric Belanger Teemu Hartikainen Ben Eager Chris VandeVelde Mike Brown

BLUE JACKETS GAMEDAY LINES
R.J. Umberger Matt Calvert Vinny Prospal Nicholas Drazenovic Fedor Tyutin Tim Erixson Cody Goloubef

LEFT WING

CENTRE

RIGHT WING

LEFT WING

Ryan Johansen Artem Anisimov Mark Letestu Derek MacKenzie Nikita Nikitin Adrian Aucoin Daulton Prout

CENTRE

RIGHT WING

Nick Foligno Cam Atkinson Derek Dorsett Jared Boll

DEFENCE PAIRINGS
Nick Schultz Ladislav Smid Theo Peckham Justin Schultz Jeff Petry Ryan Whitney

GOALIES
Devan Dubnyk Yann Danis

DEFENCE PAIRINGS

GOALIES
Sergei Bobrovsky Steve Mason

FORWARDS DEFENCE

Are better than the way they’ve played of late.

Dubnyk could use a little help offensively.

GOALTENDING POWER PLAY COACHING PENALTY KILL

What’s in the tank?

The Columbus power play is brutal.
Long trip starting to take its toll. Haven’t played since Sunday afternoon.

Still one of team’s strengths.

COMPILED BY DEREK VAN DIEST

GaGNeR

Been able to get his team to respond in past.

OVERALL
The Blue Jackets are the worst team in the league.

PLUS
The Blue Jackets are the only team lower than the Oilers in the Western conference standings … The last time the two teams met, the Oilers were badly out-shot, but still managed to come away with a win … Mike Brown is expected to make his debut for the Oilers having been acquired by the club on Monday … Taylor hall (hamstring) practised for the first time, but may still not be ready to return to the lineup.

MINUS
Lack of even-strength scoring still continues to be an issue as they may have to play without one of their top players in hall … Jordan eberle (hand) did not practise Monday but is expected to play … Mark Fistric was sent home due to an elbow injury and isn’t expected to be available for the rest of the trip … G Nikolai Khabibulin is also back in edmonton with a groin injury. he’ll likely not be back for the road trip.

OILERS TOP 10
sam Gagner Taylor hall Jordan eberle ales hemsky Justin schultz Nail yakupov ryan smyth ryan Nugent-hopkins ryan Whitney Lennart Petrell GP G a P +/21 7 13 20 -3 18 4 14 18 0 21 6 10 16 -2 21 8 5 13 -7 21 5 8 13 -6 21 6 6 12 -11 20 2 5 7 -1 20 1 6 7 -2 14 1 3 4 -4 17 1 3 4 -4

WHO TO WATCH
Magnus Paajarvi
scored a goal in sunday’s loss to the Minnesota Wild and is expected to get another opportunity up in the Oilers lineup.

OILeRS

BLUe JackeTS
d ryan Murray (shoulder), c Brandon dubinsky (knee), d Jack Johnson (upper body), d James Wisniewski (foot), c derick Brassard (upper body), d John Moore (upper body).

INJURIES

c shawn horcoff (hand), c anton Lander (foot), G Nikolai Khabibulin (groin), d Mark Fistric (elbow), d corey Potter (concussion), LW Taylor hall (hamstring).

SPECIAL

OILERS: PP 7th 21.5%, PK 6th, 85.9% JACKETS: PP 27th 13.6%, PK 8th 84.6%

TEAMS