In the first ever game against the Seattle Kraken, the Oilers are icing what will be very close to the opening night roster.
Not only is it the first game against their new Pacific Division opponent, but it’s also a special night in the dressing room. The team unveiled a new plaque of the late Joey Moss. He was the Oiler’s locker room attendant for more than three decades and loved by every player that played for the team.
Joey Moss was known for his enthusiasm, how much he loved the Oilers, and his high-fives for every player walking out onto the ice. Joey is obviously greatly missed but giving the players that opportunity to still give him his high-fives is an awesome tribute to his life and something the Oilers players that knew him will love.
Hyman – McDavid – Puljujarvi
RNH – Draisaitl – Yamamoto
Perlini – Ryan – Turris
Benson – McLeod – Sceviour
Nurse – Barrie
Broberg – Berglund
Niemelainen – Bouchard
The Oilers are starting most of their “big guns” tonight, because of the Joey Moss plaque unveiling. It really shows what he meant to the guys in the locker room.
Big names missing are: Duncan Keith, Warren Foegele, Cody Ceci, Zack Kassian, Devin Shore and Kris Russel.
Dave Tippet mentioned that he wants to get the McDavid and Draisaitl lines together so they can get some work on their top power play unit.
Oilers fans probably won’t see any of the bigger names again in pre-season for at least a couple games. It’s nice to see them get some work in but pre-season is really for the younger guys to try and earn their spot.
Johansson – Geekie – Lind
Donato – Jarnkrok – True
Tanev – Sheahan – Appleton
Bastian – Henman – Twarynski
Borgen – Oleksiak
Evans – Dunn
Carrick – Lauzon
Only thing I would’ve liked to see with Seattle’s lineup is to have Jordan Eberle and Adam Larsson dress. Two guys who were with the Oilers quite sometime and I’m sure who have great appreciation for Joey Moss.
Game time is 7pm M.T. at Rogers Place in Edmonton
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