Talking Oilers-Kings and Defence Pairings on The Lowdown with Lowetide

Joined Lowetide this morning on TSN 1260 to discuss the loss against the Kings and what the defence pairings might be like with Schultz potentially out of the lineup.

Couple notes:

  • The Oilers did a nice job reducing the number of high danger scoring chances against the Kings last night. Definitely an improvement from the previous game against Washington. My most recent post over at The Copper & Blue looks at McLellan’s history and how the Oilers have done so far in terms of high danger chances.
  • I’m a huge fan of Nurse, but I’d rather see him stew a little longer in Bakersfield instead of play limited minutes in Edmonton. Bring him up at some point, but I think it’d be wiser to call up Nikitin or Musil if they do in fact call up a defenceman. Both can slide into that right side paired with Klefbom, leaving Sekera with Fayne, and Gryba with Davidson. Not an ideal roster of defencemen, but I think we’ll have to live with it. I don’t think there’s going to be any acquisitions any time soon. Hope I’m wrong.
  • Here’s what I wrote on Musil this past off-season. He’s in the last year of his contract becoming an RFA. Now might be a good time to evaluate his performance at the NHL level.
  • The Oilers play a good team in Minnesota and an excellent team in Montreal this week, before hosting the Flames on HNIC. Minnesota is one of those middle of the pack clubs that the Oilers have to keep up with, but they’ll be in tough against a well-balanced roster. That second line of Koivu-Neidereitter-Zucker has been outshooting opponents regularly, so my guess is they’ll be matched with Lander’s line (which has been getting chewed up a little too often.

Might need to play this song a few times to get in a better mood now.

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