Pittsburgh Penguins Gameday 46: Edmonton Oilers

Pittsburgh Penguins (32-12-1) @ Edmonton Oilers (14-27-5)
Root Sports, TSN – 10:00 pm/et 
Rexall Place – Edmonton, AB

The Oilers are a young, exciting team with a lot of talent. We have no idea how they're not better.

Jeff Zatkoff will be in net, giving Fleury a much deserved rest.
There's a great quote from Dan Bylsma on the Pens website: "Our goaltender will be Jeff Zatkoff tonight. The rest of our lineup will be game-time (decisions). I will tell you we are playing Sidney Crosby." Some reporter is probably really mad at him for that.


Leading Scorers:

Penguins: Sidney Crosby (24G, 41A: 65P)
Oilers: Taylor Hall (16G, 25A: 41P)

Starting Goaltenders:

Penguins: Jeff Zatkoff (7-2-0, 2.27 GAA, .917 Sv%)
Oilers: Devan Dubnyk (10-16-2, 3.31 GAA, .895 Sv%)

Last Games:

Penguins: Defeated Vancouver Canucks 5-4 [SO].
Oilers: Lost to St. Louis Blues 5-2.

Previews from Team Websites: [Penguins] [Oilers

Opposition Blog: [Oilers Nation]
What They're Saying: "The Lowe Down on Crosby"

Crosby has seven assists in five games against the Oilers, but he's yet to score a goal. Crosby has also never scored against Chicago (0-2-2 two games), San Jose (0-4-4 in five games) and St. Louis (0-4-4 in seven games), but the odds he scores tonight might be better after listening to what he said when informed he hasn't lit the lamp against the Oilers.

"I didn't know that. That should be extra motivation for me to play well, and hopefully we do," said Crosby.

I'm sure the Oilers are grateful that Crosby was informed he hasn't scored against the worst franchise, record wise, in the NHL over the past eight seasons.

What Happened Last Time: October 15, 2013 – Pens won 3-2. [Our Recap]

We like to give Ray Shero a hard time sometimes, but watching the complete mismanagement of the Edmonton Oilers makes you appreciate how tough it is to actually build a winner in the NHL.

From 2003 to 2006, the Penguins had a pick in the top three each summer. From 2010 to 2012, the Oilers had the top pick every year. Every year — and they still look like piss. By the time 2006 came around, at least the Pens were able to compete. Oh, and the Pens were lucky enough to draft two all-planet talents in Crosby and Malkin. But, still, the Oilers are terrible.

Penguins Player(s) to Watch: Sidney Crosby, because he's from Canada or something.

Oilers Player(s) to Watch: Nail Yakupov, because we like him. If he scores tonight, we hope he does a celebration that makes the Canadian media all mad.

Gif that Seems Appropriate for Today's Game: 

Pittsburgh Penguins lines from Daily Faceoff:

Chris Kunitz – Sidney Crosby – Brian Gibbons
Jussi Jokinen – Evgeni Malkin – James Neal
Tanner Glass – Brandon Sutter – Taylor Pyatt
Craig Adams – Joe Vitale – Deryk Engelland
Rob Scuderi – Kris Letang
Robert Bortuzzo – Brooks Orpik
Olli Maatta – Matt Niskanen
Jeff Zatkoff

Edmonton Oilers lines from Daily Faceoff:

Taylor Hall – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Sam Gagner
Nail Yakupov – Mark Arcobello – Jordan Eberle
David Perron – Boyd Gordon – Ales Hemsky
Luke Gazdic – Ryan Smith – Ryan Jones
Andrew Ference – Justin Schultz
Nick Schultz –  Anton Belov 
Jeff Petry – Martin Marincin
Devan Dubnyk

Seriously, with guys like Hall, RNH, Yakupov and Eberle, you'd think they'd win some games 7-6 or something and actually have a bit of success. But, no.