Pittsburgh Penguins (28-14-8) at Edmonton Oilers (14-28-9)
|Date & Time||Wednesday February 4, 2015, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Edmonton Oilers / Pittsburgh Penguins --- Over/Under:
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The Oilers look to build on their impressive victory over the Sharks in San Jose on Monday as they welcome the Pittsburgh Penguins to Rexall Place.
The Penguins head into Edmonton on Wednesday night looking to reclaim top spot in the Metro division after a loss in their last outing and will likely get Evgeni Malkin back in time to play in this one. Pittsburgh is 14 games above .500 and have looked very good for the most part this season but they are just 4-4-2 in their last 10 games and are still adjusting to guys coming and going with injuries but once they get settled and the roster is back to full health this will be dangerous team that will surely compete for the Eastern Conference crown. The Pens did lose some key pieces from their core in the offseason but they have responded nicely through the first 50 games of the season and with 32 left to go and the trade deadline looming it'll be interesting to see whether or not they bring in another top end forward or a blue liner or some combination of both. Marc-Andre Fleury will get the nod tonight as he will go up against Ben Scrivens.
The Oilers played one of their best games of the season on Monday and while they almost through away another two goal lead in the third period they scored a late tying mark to force overtime and won in a 13-round marathon shootout. Edmonton always seems to get up for games against San Jose but those mainly came in Alberta as they snapped a 15 game losing streak in California and while it may not help them in their quest to land the top overall draft pick it is a great stepping stone for a team that has had its struggles and disappointments since the season started. Now, the Oilers must string some of these efforts together and come away with another victory this time against an Eastern Conference contender in Pittsburgh but have the luxury of playing on home ice. The Oilers are likely going to be big dogs in this one and while I won't suggest with any confidence to take Edmonton on the money line I think they will live up to their effort in San Jose and give the home fans something to cheer about and if they're going to keep it close they'll have to find a way to keep their offense rolling.