Islanders at Oilers, PS G2/09-10

Yesterday the Oilers posted the lines for tonight’s game (below) and what jumped out at me was that Sam Gagner is the future. Just as Doug Weight gave up his linemates to a 20-year old Mike Comrie almost a decade ago, I think there’s a real chance Shawn Horcoff will (at least for extended periods) lose Ales Hemsky to Sam Gagner’s line this season.

If the Oilers can find a line that can dominate against the soft parade (as represented by the Gagner line below) and find two horses to ride the rough terrain with Horcoff there might be something to this group.

I still say someone will be arriving in the next few weeks. Pat Quinn said nice things about O’Sullivan last night and liked a few men although he did say it was early. Here are the reported lines up front, they are likely to change a little as this was yesterday:

  • Gagner-Nilsson-Hemsky
  • Cogliano-Penner-Eberle
  • Reddox-Cornet-Pisani
  • Brule-MacIntyre-Pouliot

Islanders may play the wunderkind Tavares tonight, he had the flu the other night and didn’t play against the Canucks. I find it interesting that Pouliot is on the wing and tonight we be a good time for him to show something. Traditionally he shows just enough to survive, he’ll need to be better than that this fall. Reddox in the middle is a little odd and if you haven’t seen Cornet (Corn-ay) before you’re in for a treat.

Post the D and lines (if they’re different) please, have a nice day.

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