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Eakins Interview Pre-Game vs Jets
« on: September 29, 2014, 10:32:47 AM »


PREVIEW

Projected Forward Lines:

Hall-RNH-Pitlick
Tkachev-Yakimov-Westgarth
Pouliot-Acton-Miller
Moroz-Ewanyk-Pinizzotto

Defensive Pairings:

Nikitin-Fayne
Nurse-Hunt
Aulie-Musil

Goalies:

Fasth
Brossoit

UP FRONT: Tyler Pitlick will man the right wing on a line with Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. The two Russian rookies Vladimir Tkachev and Bogdan Yakimov will once again skate together. Kevin Westgarth rounds out that line. Benoit Pouliot is with Will Acton and Andrew Miller, while the fourth line features two youthful forwards (Mitch Moroz and Travis Ewanyk) and a veteran (Steve Pinizzotto).

ON THE BLUE LINE: There is a potential preview of an Oilers regular season pairing on the ice tonight, as off-season acquistions Nikta Niktin and Mark Fayne will patrol the blueline together. 2013 seventh-overall pick Darnell Nurse will be prepared with AHL Second-Team All Star Brad Hunt, and Keith Aulie and David Musil are the third pairing.

BETWEEN THE PIPES: Laurent Brossoit and Viktor Fasth are the two goaltenders tonight against Winnipeg. Fasth will get the start.

KEEP AN EYE ON: Tyler Pitlick is locked in a battle for a fourth-line winger spot with the Oilers. He had a solid game in Winnipeg last week, including a momentum-shifting hit and scoring chance that Head Coach Dallas Eakins said was a key point in the comeback win. Tonight, Pitlick gets an opportunity to not only have a great game but to also move closer to securing a spot on the Oilers roster. He'll be skating with two of the best the Oilers have to offer up front, Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.
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