About the Oilers - 10-15-13

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Oilers.

When and where: 7 p.m. EDT. Consol Energy Center.

TV: ROOT Sports, Sportsnet West.

Record: 1-4-1, 3 points. The Oilers are in last place in the Pacific Division.

Leading Scorer: Boyd Gordon, 5 points (4 goals, 1 assists).

Last Game: 4-2 road loss to the Capitals, last night. Jason LaBarbera made 16 saves for the Oilers.

Last Game against the Penguins: 2-1 home shootout win, Oct. 9, 2011. Devan Dubnyk made 33 saves for the Oilers.

Oilers Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Ales Hemsky (right). He has six points in five career games against the Penguins.

Ex-Penguins on the Oilers: Kelly Buchberger, assistant coach; Andrew Ference, D; Steve MacIntyre, LW; Corey Potter, D.

Ex-Oilers on the Penguins: Bill Guerin, player development coach.

Useless Oilers Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: Ference is one of two one-time Penguins players who have served as the Oilers' captain. The other is Buchberger.

Best Oilers Video We Could Find: Clips from a bench-clearing brawl between the Penguins and Oilers, Jan. 19, 1980. During Oilers forward Wayne Gretzky's first visit to Pittsburgh, a high stick by Penguins defenseman Kim Clackson led to benches clearing. Penguins defenseman Russ Anderson left the penalty box and due in part to that, he recorded 51 penalty minutes, a mark which remains a single-game franchise record. In addition to all of that, former Penguins forward Mike Corrigan was attending the game as a fan and attempted to attack Oilers coach Glen Sather from the stands:

Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (4-0-0, 1.75 GAA, .930 SV%) for the Penguins. Devan Dubnyk (0-3-1, 5.43 GAA, .829 SV%) for the Oilers.

Injuries: For the Penguins, right winger Beau Bennett is day to day. Right winger Matt D'Agostini ("lower-body"), defenseman Kris Letang ("lower body"), left winger James Neal ("upper body") and goaltender Tomas Vokoun (blood clots) are on injured reserve. For the Oilers, xxx Jesse Joensuu (undisclosed) is out. Left wingers Ryan Hamilton (knee), Steve MacIntyre (knee), center Steve Gagner (jaw) and defenseman Corey Potter (back) are on injured reserve.

Potential lines and defensive pairings: The Penguins' primary lines and defensive pairings at today's morning skate were:

14 Chris Kunitz - 87 Sidney Crosby - 9 Pascal Dupuis
36 Jussi Jokinen - 71 Evgeni Malkin - 12 Chuck Kobasew
17 Dustin Jeffrey- 16 Brandon Sutter - 39 Harry Zolnierczyk
15 Tanner Glass - 46 Joe Vitale - 27 Craig Adams

44 Brooks Orpik - 7 Paul Martin
4 Rob Scuderi - 2 Matt Niskanen
3 Olli Maatta - 5 Deryk Engelland

The Oilers held an optional skate today. Based off their primary lines and defensive pairings from last night's game, consider this a guess:

4 Taylor Hall - 93 Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - 83 Ales Hemsky
94 Ryan Smyth - 26 Mark Arcobello - 14 Jordan Eberle
57 David Perron - 27 Boyd Gordon - 64 Nail Yakupov
20 Luke Gadzic - 41 Will Acton - 28 Ryan Jones

21 Andrew Ference - 15 Nick Schultz
77 Anton Belov - 19 Justin Schultz
5 Ladislav Smid - 2 Jeff Petry


-The last time the Penguins played the Oilers, this happened:

-So did this:

-The last time the Oilers won in Pittsburgh, this happened:

-The last time Yakupov was in Pittsburgh, this happened:

-With Bennett injured, the Penguins recalled Zolnierczyk from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and placed Neal on injured reserve.

-Yakupov, the first overall pick in the 2012 draft here in Pittsburgh, is expected to return to the lineup after being a healthy scratch for two games.

-With Joensuu returning to Edmonton to have his injury addressed, the Oilers recalled left winger Ryan Jones from Oklahoma City of the AHL and assigned defenseman Philip Larsen to Oklahoma City.

-Gadzic is a former Erie Otters player.

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(Photo: Rich Lam/Getty Images)

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