10 December 2010
Record: Lightning (15-10-3) Oilers (10-12-5)
With Calgary's win over the Lightning on Tuesday, the Oilers dropped down to last spot in the Western Conference. But they've been playing good hockey as of late going 6-2-2 in their last 10 games.
The Oilers suffered a huge setback with Shawn Horcoff's right MCL knee injury that occured in Edmonton's game against Anaheim on Tuesday. The injury is projected to have Horcoff out for eight weeks which takes him out of the lineup for tonight's game. This comes just a day after Tom Renney confirmed that Alex Hemsky is out with a groin injury.
After Horcoff's injury, Sam Gagner moved up to center the line with Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle, which was amusing to see him go up against Ryan Getzlaf for the remainder of the game. He'll likely stay up on the line with Eberle and Hall and be given the task of Stamkos, St. Louis and Gagne. To compensate for the injuries, the Oilers called up Linus Omark (LW) and Ryan O'Marra (C).
The Lightning come off of a tough loss in Calgary where the Lightning defence did little to help out Dan Ellis. Though they did bring back the game to within one during the second period, the Lightning made the initial mistake of giving the Flames a 3 goal lead. Last game Boucher switched up Gagne for Bergenheim when the top line wasn't getting chances, but I think we'll see Stamkos, St. Louis and Gagne back together again tonight.
Stamkos has gone six games without a goal and three games without a point. Facing off against a promoted Gagner should give Stamkos chances to break this goal drought.
- Vincent Lecavalier, Steven Downie and Mattias Ritola are out for the Lightning
- Shawn Horcoff and Ales Hemsky are out for the Oilers
Your pre-game reading links:
- Official Lightning preview
- Raw Charge's game preview
- Bolts2Cup game preview
- Mattias Ritola's ears are acting up again. This bouncing in and out of practice/lineup is getting a little annoying. Seriously, he needs to get that attended to.
- The Lightning acquired center Levi Nelson from Boston for Juraj Simek yesterday
Game time: 9:00pm EST on SUN (HD)