Date: Tuesday October 29, 2013
Puck Drop: 9:00pm EST
TV Channel: Sportsnet Ontario/West
The Toronto Maple Leafs begin their 3-game western Canada road swing with a stop in Edmonton to face former Marlies coach Dallas Eakins and his Oilers. The Oilers, fresh off losing Taylor Hall for a minimum of 4 weeks will see the return of Sam Gagner from broken jaw that he suffered in the preseason.
The Maple Leafs will be looking to build upon what was possibly their best game of the season in a 4-1 victory at the expense of the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday. While the Leafs were once again outshot, most of that came in the second period, while the first and third periods were very tightly contested.
James Reimer likely earned a second straight start after his stellar performance against the Penguins. Reimer allowed just one goal on 38 shots, and was very much in control throughout the entire game.
After coming into the season with sky-high expectations, the Oilers are off to a nightmare start with just 8 points through 13 games played, good for dead last in the Western Conference . The Oilers have struggled mightily in their own end, and did not have the goaltending early in the season to compensate. While Devan Dubnyk has improved enough that the rampant speculation the Oilers would trade for a goalie has subsided, the team still cannot be comfortable with their situation in net.
Phil Kessel will look to build off the NHL second star of the week he earned after scoring 5 goals and adding an assist in 3 games last week. With Edmonton, Calgary, and Vancouver on the docket this week, Kessel could be poised to continue to move up the scoring race leader board.
The Leafs and Oilers will get into a track meet much to the chagrin of both coaches, and James Reimer will show the Oilers the advantages of having a solid goalie (or two) in the NHL are. Leafs win 6-2.