Just the facts:
When: 9:30 PM
Where: Rexall Place, Edmonton, Alberta
TV: NESN, SN1
Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub, CHED 630
Rival SBN Site: Copper N' Blue
The Oilers are bad. Yes, again. Edmonton has a league-worst 18 points on the season, and is coming off a 3-0 shutout loss to Toronto on Monday night. Connor McDavid is out for a while. Nail Yakupov is out for a few weeks. The Oilers still have Taylor Hall, who leads the team with 9-16-25 totals. Averaging a point per game for a team as bad as the Oilers should lead to an automatic Hall of Fame induction. Or a ticket out of Edmonton.
Former Bruins Andrew Ference and Benoit Pouliot are still toiling away in Edmonton as well. Ference has only appeared in 6 games this season. Pouliot is fifth on the team with 12 points in 24 games.
Ference has fallen pretty far in Edmonton this year. He relinquished the captaincy at the start of the season, instead sharing an "A" with a million other guys. He's been a healthy scratch for the majority of the season. Chances are Edmonton tries to dump his contract on some team that needs defense help. Don Sweeney, please ignore all calls from Edmonton area codes...
The Bruins have won five games in a row, with tonight's game being their first game in approximately 32 weeks. Hot for the Bruins during the streak: Loui Eriksson (6 points), David Krejci (4 points) and Brad Marchand (4 goals).
With three games in four nights coming up, expect Jonas Gustavsson to make another appearance at some point. Logic would dictate Rask playing tonight, Gustavsson playing against the still bad Calgary Flames on Friday and Rask going against the slightly less bad Vancouver Canucks on Saturday. However, the Bruins once had Malcolm Subban makes his NHL debut against one of the league's best teams, so who knows?
Tonight's game marks the start of a busy month for the Bruins, who will play 14 games prior to Jan. 1's Winter Classic. December brings six road games, three of which will be out of the way by Sunday morning. The B's will play Edmonton, Ottawa and Pittsburgh twice. Chances are we'll have a lot better idea what this team is made of once the end of the month rolls around.