Gregor said RNH is out. I dont know why they insist on keeping Hartikainen up here instead of calling up Lander or Vandevelde when we need an actual centre. Or how about trading for a decent 4th line centre from somewhere else?
But apparently belanger might be back. Great.
I think we win though. Get a quick start on them like last time we played them but finish them off this time. If we lose it will be a frustrating one that st louis barely grinds out.
Hopefully yakupov gets some late ice time. Hes scored big late goals for us that kruger seems to have forgotten about and its not like the rest of the team has been great at pulling out games either. Smyth has been especially dreadful late in games.
Last I heard, it was a "no." However, Belanger should be back, so that atleast gives the team another centre for key matchups besides just Horcs and Gags. If he's in, Smyth better not be taking any defensive draws...God he's brutal.
The Oilers need to come out fast and get the lead or the Blues will slowly wear them down with there size. The Blues like to lean on the opposition with the heavy bodies they have and our smaller young guys won't last long with that style of game. However if we can jump to a 2 goal lead early it forces Hitchcock to open things up a bit which will play right into the Oilers hands.