Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Edmonton Oilers: Preview & Game Thread

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The Toronto Maple Leafs (8-4-0) begin their Western Canada road trip tonight against the Edmonton Oilers (3-8-2) for the second and final time this season. The Leafs grabbed a 6-5 win over the Oilers back on October 12 at the Air Canada Centre, and they look to sweep the season series tonight at Rexall Place. James Reimer played great Saturday vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins and with that, he is expected to start  between the pipes tonight, while the Oilers will start Richard Bachman for the second consecutive game while Devan Dubnyk is still on the shelf with an injury. Sam Gagner has been cleared to play and will centre Nail Yakupov and Jordan Eberle, while Nazem Kadri will centre James van Riemsdyk and Phil Kessel on the first line again as Tyler Bozak is out with an injury. Joffrey Lupul will be a game-time decision.

Here are the projected lines, as per DailyFaceoff.com.

LEAFS

Forwards

James van Riemsdyk – Nazem Kadri – Phil Kessel

Mason Raymond – Dave Bolland – David Clarkson

Carter AshtonJay McClement – Colton Orr

Frazer McLaren – Trevor Smith – Troy Bodie

Defense

Carl Gunnarsson – Dion Phaneuf

Morgan Rielly – Cody Franson

Paul Ranger – Jake Gardiner

Goaltenders

James Reimer

Jonathan Bernier

OILERS

Forwards 

Nail YakupovSam GagnerJordan Eberle

David PerronRyan Nugent-HopkinsMark Arcobello

Ryan JonesBoyd GordonAles Hemsky

Ben EagerWill ActonLuke Gazdic

Defense 

Denis GrebeshkovAndrew Ference

Ladislav SmidJeff Petry

Justin SchultzAnton Belov

Goalies

Richard Bachman

Jason LaBarbera

Be sure to join us tonight for our live game thread. All you need to do is comment below in the comment section. Game time is 9:00 p.m. and can be seen on Rogers Sportsnet Ontario (for those living in Ontario), and Rogers Sportsnet West (for those in Alberta). If you’re away from a television or prefer listening to the game without the pictures, tune in to Sportsnet 590 The Fan.

Topics: Edmonton Oilers, Toronto Maple Leafs

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  • Dale Lamontagne

    Any score predictions? I say 4-2 Leafs.

    • Tim Bayer

      6-5 Leafs. Overtime winner by Bolland.

    • James Gleason

      3-1 leafs, raymond winner

  • Tim Bayer

    The Leafs’ bottom six still looks like a tire fire.

  • Tim Bayer

    Lupul taking part in warmup according to Jonas Siegel on Twitter.

    • Dale Lamontagne

      Looks like he’ll play, considering the tickets he bought for his family.

      • Tim Bayer

        I hope he’s actually healthy and not just playing out of a sense of obligation.

  • Tim Bayer

    Mike Zeisberger @Zeisberger

    Lupul out for pre-game skate as expected. He will do as much as he can to play, since “I bought 20 tickets for friends + family.” #Leafs

  • Tim Bayer

    Mark Masters ‏@markhmasters1m

    Leafs lines in warm-up: JVR-Kadri-Kessel; Raymond-Bolland-Clarkson; Ashton-McClement-Lupul; McLaren-Smith-Orr

    • Tim Bayer

      Looks like Bodie is the odd-man out.

  • Tim Bayer

    Edmonton Oilers @EdmontonOilers

    David Perron (illness) will not dress for #Oilers tonight.

  • Tim Bayer

    Oilers will go with 7 D. Grebeshkov the extra, Nick Schultz will be in as well.

  • Tim Bayer

    Yup, Lupul’s in.

  • Dale Lamontagne

    Here we go…

    • Tim Bayer

      COMMERCIAL BREAK

  • Tim Bayer

    HAHAHAHA Bowen called him Randy Bachman

    • Dale Lamontagne

      Aha, I caught that, too.

  • Tim Bayer

    KESSSEELLLLLLL

  • Tim Bayer

    There will be 100 goals scored in this game.

  • Dale Lamontagne

    Kadri on the first line, eh?

    • Tim Bayer

      Yup. It’s his spot with Bozak out.

  • Tim Bayer

    What a pass by Gardiner.

  • Seriously Ref?

    Great goal by Phil. Incredible patience shown not to just shoot right away.

    • Dale Lamontagne

      It was great. Nice pass by Kadri, too.

    • Tim Bayer

      Yeah, totally. I have no idea how he was left wide open there.

  • James Gleason

    get.orr.offf

    • Tim Bayer

      .the.team

      • James Gleason

        planet earth

  • James Gleason

    couple of lols from phaneuf, turnovers but gets back to block a shot

  • James Gleason

    Ben eager doesn’t know what offside is. figured, he can’t even pull a shot

  • Tim Bayer

    Eager was a little too eager on that one.

  • James Gleason

    Man ales hemsky is good

  • James Gleason

    STAY AWAY FROM REIMER AND OMG GARDINER

    • Tim Bayer

      Yakupov is insane. He didn’t even try to stop.

      • James Gleason

        *RUSSIANS

  • Tim Bayer

    I liked the Oilers better when Yakupov was scratched.

  • James Gleason

    Gardiner and yakcity in the box. Which kinda sucks

  • Tim Bayer

    Reimer’s sick of this crap.

    • Dale Lamontagne

      I would be too.

      • Tim Bayer

        Waiting for the day he snaps and goes full Hextall on everybody.

  • James Gleason

    this game man

  • James Gleason

    Ganger in the box for tripping, give him a jawbreaker. too soon?

  • Tim Bayer

    Craaaaaaaaazy period.

  • James Gleason

    cray period

  • Tim Bayer

    Anybody have the shot count handy?

    • Dale Lamontagne

      12 TOR – 14 EDM

      • Tim Bayer

        WOW THAT’S A LOT

  • Tim Bayer

    THE SECOND PERIOD IS STARTING ALERT ALERT ALERT

  • Tim Bayer

    What a smart play by Bolland just feathering that out front.

  • Tim Bayer

    VAN RIEMSDYK

  • James Gleason

    This line my god lord

    • Tim Bayer

      On 2-on-1s they’re unbelievable.

      • James Gleason

        automatic

  • Tim Bayer

    THE MAGICAL DUO

  • Jeffrey Langridge

    Well, I turned the channel and the Leafs made it 2-0. Nice time to join.

  • Tim Bayer

    please be ok Kadri please be ok

  • Jeffrey Langridge

    That didn’t look good.

    • Tim Bayer

      At least he’s up on his own power.

  • James Gleason

    well that was scary

  • Tim Bayer

    The fourth line is actually playing semi-competently.

  • Tim Bayer

    This period has been all Leafs. Weird feeling.

  • Tim Bayer

    KESSEL!

  • James Gleason

    HOLY KESSEL HOLY MOLY MOLY

  • Jeffrey Langridge

    I am so glad I picked Kessel in my hockey pool.

    • Tim Bayer

      Same!

  • Tim Bayer

    WE’RE NOT WORTHY

  • Jeffrey Langridge

    That was a B-E-A-Utifal goal

  • Tim Bayer

    I still can’t even believe that goal happened.

  • Tim Bayer

    Raymond you dummy!

  • James Gleason

    NICE TRY NO TRY CLARKSON

    • Tim Bayer

      I’ve liked what I’ve seen from him so far this year.

      • James Gleason

        Same but he messed up big time there

        • Tim Bayer

          Yeah, should’ve scored.

  • Tim Bayer

    Hey Kadri’s back!

    • Jeffrey Langridge

      That is definitely good news.

      • Tim Bayer

        Yeah I wonder what the injury was.

        • Jeffrey Langridge

          Probably just sore knees or something like that. Obviously nothing serious.

  • Tim Bayer

    OILERZ SUK