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About the Oilers - 01-10-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Oilers.

When and where: 10 p.m. EST. Rexall Place.

TV: TSN, Root Sports.

Record: 14-27-5, 33 points. The Oilers are in last place in the Pacific Division.

Leading Scorer: Taylor Hall (right), 41 points (16 goals, 25 assists).

Last Game: 5-2 home loss to the Blues, Tuesday. Ilya Bryzgalov made 29 saves for the Oilers.

Last Game against the Penguins: 3-2 road loss, Oct. 15, 2013. Jason LaBarbera made 25 saves for the Oilers.

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

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

Ex-Oilers on the Penguins: Bill Guerin, player development coach; Todd Reirden, assistant coach.

Useless Oilers Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: Ference (1997) is one of four former Penguins draft picks from the 1990s who are still active in the NHL. The others are defensemen Michal Rozsival (1996), Rob Scuderi (1998), right winger Jaromir Jagr (1990) and left winger Ryan Malone (1999).

Best Oilers Video We Could Find: Former Oilers goaltender Grant Fuhr with a snazzy glove save against former Canadiens right winger Stephane Richer in the 2003 Heritage Classic alumni game:

Probable goaltenders: Jeff Zatkoff (7-2-0, 2.52 GAA, .910 SV%) for the Penguins. Devan Dubnyk (10-16-2, 3.31 GAA, .895 SV%) for the Oilers.

Injuries: For the Penguins, right winger Chuck Kobasew ("lower body") is day to day. right winger Beau Bennett (hand/wrist), Chris Conner (hand), Pascal Dupuis (knee), centers Andrew Ebbett (ankle), Jayson Megna ("lower body"), defensemen Paul Martin (leg) and goaltender Tomas Vokoun (blood clots) are on injured reserve. For the Oilers, defensemen Philip Larsen (illness) and Corey Potter (groin) are on injured reserve.

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

 14 Chris Kunitz - 87 Sidney Crosby - 49 Brian Gibbons
36 Jussi Jokinen - 71 Evgeni Malkin - 18 James Neal
15 Tanner Glass - 16 Brandon Sutter - 17 Taylor Pyatt
5 Deryk Engelland - 46 Joe Vitale - 27 Craig Adams

  Rob Scuderi - 58 Kris Letang
44
Brooks Orpik - 41 Robert Bortuzzo
 3 Olli Maatta - 2 Matt Niskanen

-The Oilers expected lines and defensive pairings are:

4 Taylor Hall - 93 Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - 14 Jordan Eberle
64 Nail Yakupov - 26 Mark Arcrobello - 89 Sam Gagner
57 David Perron - 27 Boyd Gordon - 83 Ales Hemsky
20 Luke Gadzic - 94 Ryan Smyth - 28 Ryan Jones

21 Andrew Ference - 19 Justin Schultz
77 Anton Belov - 2 Jeff Petry
15 Nick Schultz - 85 Martin Marincin

Notes:

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

-The Oilers are one of four teams Crosby has failed to score a goal against in his career. The others are Blackhawks, Blues and Sharks. Crosy has seven assists in five career games against the Oilers.

-Jones has 99 career points.

-Our live blog, direct from our couch, begins at approximately 9:45 p.m. Please tune in.

(Photo: Derek Leung/Getty Images)

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