Feb 6, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Edmonton Oilers left wing David Perron (57) controls the puck against New York Rangers defenseman Anton Stralman (6) during the first period of a game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

New York Rangers at Edmonton Oilers: The Bad Guys

The Edmonton Oilers play host the the New York Rangers tonight in an 8pm ET puck drop contest.

The Oilers enter tonight’s game 26-39-9 on the season. Their 61 points are only good enough for seventh place of a very strong Pacific Division. Ben Scrivens gets the start tonight. His 7-8-0 record with the Oilers has yielded a 2.83 goals against average and a .924 save percentage with one shut out. Against the Rangers, Scrivens is 2-0-0 with .5 goals against average and a .986 save percentage. Taylor Hall leads the team with 43 assists for 68 points. Jordan Eberle has 24 goals for 56 points and David Perron leads the team with 26 goals totaling 54 points. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has added 16 goals for 49 points this season followed by Sam Gagner with nine goals for 34 points. Nail Yakupov has struggled to meet expectations this season having posted only 11 goals for 24 points and he is expected to be out tonight suffering from an ankle injury. Other reported injuries are goalie Viktor Fasth, sprained neck, Ryan Jones is out for the season with a torn ligament in his posterior, and Tyler Pitlick has a sprained knee but is listed as day-to-day.

The Oilers aren’t an overly physical team, though Jeff Petry leads the team in hits with 162. Former Boston Bruin, Andrew Ference adds 135 hits and Luke Gazdic adds 103 hits and leads the team with 125 penalties in minutes. Be prepared to see Gazdic trying to drop mitts with Derek Dorsett and Daniel Carcillo. Mats Zuccarello will probably try to get under Gazdic’s skin though. Petry and Ference are also big shot blockers on the team, with 116 and 108 respectively, though they are chasing Nick Schultz who has 120 blocked shots.

The Oilers are coming off a huge win against the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night and are looking to keep that momentum going. Rookie defenseman, Oscar Klefbom netted his first goal of the season against the Ducks and will look to keep his pressure on the net as well. The Oilers have a very fast paced game and rely heavily on Scrivens to back them up. Despite their ranking in the standings, this team is a sleeper team much like the Calgary Flames. If the Rangers can catch the defense out-of-place and stay out of the penalty box they have a strong chance to beat the Oilers.

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