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Up next: Dustin Penner, Sam Gagner and the Edmonton Oilers

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[SBN Oilers blog - Copper N Blue]

Record: 16-24-5 (15th in West)

Scorers: Dustin Penner (21g, 20a), Lubomir Visnovksy (8g, 19a), Sam Gagner (9g, 17a)

I figured I could afford holding off on the preview until later today, especially when you consider the late starts on schedule this week. 

Fact: The Oilers have yet to win a game in regulation this month.  Actually, they haven't posted a regulation win since December 11 against the Blues.  Since then, the Oilers have gone 1-11-1 with the only win coming against the Maple Leafs on December 30.

Of course the other unfortunate fact is, as you may already know, embedded in the notion that Pittsburgh plays poorly against bad teams.  I'd like to think this won't be the case tonight.  I still stand by my prediction that the Pens will go 4-1 on this five-game road trip and remain confident that they will skate into Vancouver Saturday night up 3-1 on the road.

Left Wing Lock has rookie goaltender Devan Dubnyk listed as the starter for Edmonton.  He's made just four appearances this season in which he's given up 15 goals en route to a 0-2-0 record.  I don't mind the kid getting his first NHL win before the season is done, but I'd prefer it if he held off on that achievement for at least one more game.

Another late start again tonight. Puck and thread drop at 9:30.  Again, 9:30 start.