Pittsburgh Penguins Gameday 6: Edmonton Oilers

Pittsburgh Penguins (4-1-0) @ Edmonton Oilers (1-4-1)
Root Sports, SNET-W – 7:00 pm/et 
Consol Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA

Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Nail Yakupov and the Edmonton Oilers roll into Pittsburgh to play the Penguins.

Beau Bennett is day-to-day with a lower body injury, James Neal is on injured reserve and Harry Zolnersdasdnaosncuicachzyk will be in the line-up. We'll learn to spell his name if he stays with the team for a while. Hopefully we don't have to learn how to spell his name.

Somehow, the Oilers' captain is Andrew Ference. We're not quite sure how that happened. 

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But the young talent on the Oilers will be fun to watch, so there's that.

STATS, INFO & NOTES:

Leading Scorers:

Penguins: Sidney Crosby (5G, 4A: 9P)
Oilers: Boyd Gordon (4G, 1A: 5P)

Starting Goaltenders:

Penguins: Marc-Andre Fleury (4-0-0, 1.75 GAA, .930 Sv%)
Oilers: Devan Dubnyk (0-3-1, 5.43 GAA, .829 Sv%)

Last Games:

Penguins: Defeated Tampa Bay Lightning 5-4.
Oilers: Lost to Washington Capitals 4-2.

Previews from Team Websites:  [Oilers] [Penguins]

Opposition Blog: [Oilers Nation]
What They're Saying: "Frustrated Expectations"

The other thing I think most reasonable people can agree on is that it's high time for the Oilers to take a step forward. Ideally, they would have done it in 2011-12; they certainly should have made big strides last season. So watching a team that was seen so optimistically in the summer stumble so badly out of the gate is understandably leading to a 'torches and pitchforks' mentality in comment sections and on social media – both venues ideally suited for expressing instant reaction to disappointment.

What Happened Last Time: October 9, 2011 – Pens lost 2-1 [SO]. Yes, the last time these two teams played was 2011. [Our Recap]

Let's see. James Neal missing the net, the powerplay basically losing the game, and Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby not being there. The spring of 2011 reared its ugly head in Oil Country Sunday night.

Too bad you're a huge moron if you're broken up about this loss. The Pens have started the season 2-0-1. That shit would be impressive if those were three home games. Instead, they were all in western Canada, one was against a Stanley Cup favorite, and two were against fresher teams who had yet to play a game this season. AND the third game was against arguably one of the quickest teams in the NHL. Malkin was a late scratch in Edmonton, the Pens put their backup goalie in between the pipes, and the leader of the defense didn't suit up for any of the games. Not exactly sure what people expect. Pens could still go 81-0-1 this year.

Penguins Player(s) to Watch: Evgeni Malkin. Now it's his turn to break out and dominate a game, right?

Oilers Player(s) to Watch: Hall, RNH, Yakupov, Eberle, etc. We kind of love all of them.

Gif that Seems Appropriate for Today's Game: 

Pittsburgh Penguins lines from Daily Faceoff:

Chris Kunitz – Sidney Crosby – Pascal Dupuis
Jussi Jokinen – Evgeni Malkin – Chuck Kobasew
Dustin Jeffrey – Brandon Sutter – Harry Zolnierczyk
Tanner Glass – Joe Vitale – Craig Adams
 
Brooks Orpik – Paul Martin
Rob Scuderi – Matt Niskanen
Olli Maatta – Robert Bortuzzo
 
Marc-Andre Fleury

Edmonton Oilers lines from Daily Faceoff:

Taylor Hall- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Ales Hemsky 
Ryan Smyth – Mark Arcobello – Jordan Eberle
David Perron – Boyd Gordon – Nail Yakupov
Luke Gazdic – Will Acton – Mike Brown
 
Nick Schultz – Andrew Ference
Ladislav Smid – Jeff Petry
Justin Schultz – Anton Belov 
 
Devan Dubnyk

Seriously, Andrew Ference is their captain.

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