The Edmonton Oilers are currently holding down a playoff spot in Mid-December; it’s an exciting time for Edmonton. This team is finally showing promise of turning the corner and will play meaningful hockey after New Years.
Edmonton is in for a challenge Monday and will take on the St. Louis Blues for another tough, critical matchup. This game is vital, especially if they want to maintain good standing in the tight Pacific Division.
Going into the game, head coach Todd McLellan has made some lineup changes. Matthew Benning and Taylor Beck will sit, and Eric Gryba and Benoit Pouliot get to draw back in. Benning, though excellent so far, will get some rest as the Oilers test out Gryba’s potential. As for Beck, Pouliot gets to show why he should remain in the lineup, meaning the AHL star will get a break.
Benoit Pouliot – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Drake Caggiula
Matt Hendricks – Mark Letestu – Zack Kassian
Oscar Klefbom – Adam Larsson
Andrej Sekera – Kris Russell
Brandon Davidson – Eric Gryba
Jesse Puljujarvi is a healthy scratch again. Beck seems to be a threat to stealing his spot in the NHL, and it looks like he may be headed down to Bakersfield to ignite a spark in his play.
St. Louis is 0-4 against Western Conference teams in December, and has allowed 4.5 goals against in those games. With Edmonton looking to get their offense going, Monday marks the best chance to make that happen.