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Game Preview | 5 Things to Know Before Oilers' Sabers

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edmonton – We are on our way again – and for a while.

The Sabers begin a four-game, eight-day road trip of the season tonight against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place. Dan Dunleavy and Rob Ray make calls about the MSG and WGR 550.

Packs drop at 9.

It’s #SabresAfterDark for the first time in 2022-23. Here are five things you should know.

1. Lineup

Here’s how the Sabers line up during the morning skate.

October 18th, Edmonton
53 Jeff Skinner 72 Tage Thompson 89 alex touch
74 Rasmus Asplund 37 Casey Mittelstadt 71 Victor Olofsson
29 Vinny Hinostroza twenty four Dylan Cozens 77 JJ Peterka
28 Zemgath Gilgensons 19 Peyton Krebs twenty one Kyle Okposo
twenty three Matthias Samuelson 26 Rasmus Darling 31 Eric Comrie
twenty five owen power Ten Henri Jokiharju 41 Craig Anderson
78 Jacob Bryson 46 Ilya Lyubushkin

2. Hinostroza’s season debut

Vinny Hinostrosa joins the line-up in first look of the season, replacing rookie Jack QuinnHinostrosa tied for the team lead with three goals during pre-season.

“I think it’s important to add Vinnie to the lineup and mix it in there,” Granat said. , I think it’s a great time to get some different things in. He won’t be out for long.

“He’s here,” Granert continued of Quinn. “We know he’s a young man on a high growth trajectory in his career. Getting ice time is important for him. , It’s also important that you can’t be in the fire all the time.

Video: PREGAME: Granato

3. Comrie starts in hometown

Eric Comrie has started goals for the second game in a row and his supporters are in the stands. Comrie was born in Edmonton and grew up here until he was 10 years old when his family moved to California.

Comrie had 33 saves in his debut Saturday against the Panthers.

“He was ready to go,” said Granat. “He played very well the other day and we will have both goalkeepers on the trip. We can easily bring him in.”

Growing up, Comrie played in many Oilers games, many of which included his brother Mike, who is 15 years his senior, on the team from 2000-2003.

“I went to almost every game,” Comrie said. “It was great to see my brother play here. He played a lot of games here, he played a lot of good games here. It was a lot of fun, and I remember the crowd here having a lot of fun.” ”

Video: PREGAME: Comrie

4. Darling’s Attack

Rasmus Darling has scored two goals in the Sabers’ first two games, both below the hash marks in the offensive zone.

Darling credits early production not just to “good teammates” but to a positive mindset on offense.

“It’s a little more aggressive mode,” Darling said. “From the blue line he’s not a D-shot, he’s just under goal. So I think it’s a bit more offensive mode.”

Darling, who scored tonight, joins Lindy Ruff as just the second defenseman in franchise history to score in all of the first three games of the season.

Video: PREGAME: Darling

5. Euler’s Scout

Conversations about the Oilers begin with two global talents at the top of the lineup. Conor McDavid and Leon Dreysitel both have Art Ross and Hart trophies on their resumes, were ranked among the top five scorers in the NHL last season, and were among the top five scorers in Edmonton’s first two games. has scored 5 points.

The Sabers’ job is to limit the Oilers’ playmakers while maintaining their identities as aggressors.

“That mindset isn’t unique to these two,” says Dahlin. “They are obviously superstars, so we have to respect them. But we have to come together as a team and play our game and play hard. [don’t] Like when the other team is on their butts the entire game. So you should get right into the game and play the game. ”

Edmonton split the two games despite being 3–0 behind in the first two games of the season. A power play he scored at 50% of the clip (8 for 4).

“We had to watch out,” Darling said. “Our structure is based on skating and gapping, so when you have your feet moving, it works. But you also have to stay aggressive.”