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Game Preview: Tankonto Maple Leafs vs Edmontank Oilers

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#TBT to 2003 - TORONTO - FEBRUARY 11: Mike Comrie #89 of the Edmonton Oilers waits for a pass as Robert Svehla #67 and Robert Reichel #21 of the Toronto Maple Leafs defend during the NHL game at Air Canada Centre on February 11, 2003 in Toronto, Onta
#TBT to 2003 - TORONTO - FEBRUARY 11: Mike Comrie #89 of the Edmonton Oilers waits for a pass as Robert Svehla #67 and Robert Reichel #21 of the Toronto Maple Leafs defend during the NHL game at Air Canada Centre on February 11, 2003 in Toronto, Onta
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Tonight's "NHL" game between Toronto and Edmonton is between the second last and last place teams in the NHL. The Maple Leafs are captain-less, set out on a rebuild that isn't based on dumb luck, while the Oilers "are serious this time, one more lotto pick then we'll buckle down and rebuild.", because it's always the 4th 1st overall pick that guarantees success.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS AT EDMONTON OILERS
9:00PM - EDMONTON HOCKEY HOLE
TV: TSN4 /  RADIO: SPORTSNET590
SBN: COPPER & BLUE

Now that I shouted the basic info at you, let's go back to what we're here for, Mocking the Oilers. The Maple Leafs are heading to what is probably one of the least anticipated stops on the western road trip, Edmonton. Cold, desolate, Edmonton, in their ancient arena, in the middle of nowhere, at the same latitude as Siberia (or is it longitude? I always forget), but hey, they won cups only 25 years ago, not 50, so LOLOLOLOL LAFFS, right? Though everything will be saved once the Oilers move into the ICE DISTRICT, that new arena complex will make it all OK.

Unless you're an Edmonton taxpayer. Then you're screwed.

The Maple Leafs are coming off losses to Ottawa and Calgary, where the Oilers are coming off more losses and bad ones at that. But we're in the middle of Tank Wars 2016, so buckle up people, it's going to suck.


Toronto Edmonton
Record 19-24-9 21-29-5
Division Rank Last - Atlantic Last - Pacific
Conference Last - East Last - East
League 29th overall 30th overall
Goals +/- 125/149 = -24 137/167 = -30
Top Scorer Leo Komarov 17G Taylor Hall 18G
Top Points Leo Komarov 33pts Taylor Hall 50pts
Top Goalie James Reimer .926sv% Cam Talbot .912sv%
Historical vs 45-42-8 42-45-8

Potential Line Ups via DailyFaceoff.com:

Edmonton:

Taylor Hall - Leon Draisaitl - Teddy Purcell
Benoit Pouliot - Connor McDavidJordan Eberle 
Iiro PakarinenMark Letestu - Nail Yakupov
Zack KassianMatt Hendricks - Lauri Korpikoski

Andrej SekeraMark Fayne 
Darnell NurseJustin Schultz 
Brandon DavidsonEric Gryba

Cam Talbot
Laurent Brossoit

Injured: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Oscar Klefbom

Toronto: via @MarkHMasters

Michael Grabner - Peter Holland- Leo Komarov
Colin Greening- Mark ArcobelloP.A. Parenteau
Daniel Winnik - Nick Spaling - Brad Boyes
Josh LeivoByron Froese - Rich Clune

Matt HunwickMorgan Rielly
Jake GardinerRoman Polak
Martin MarincinFrank Corrado

Jonathan Bernier
James Reimer

Injured: Nathan HortonStephane Robidas, James van Riemsdyk, Tyler BozakShawn Matthias, Joffrey Lupul

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