The Edmonton Oilers will finish tonight’s game against the Boston Bruins without the services of defenseman Jeff Petry and center Anton Lander.
Petry suffered a rib injury after being hit by an Adam McQuaid shot in the second period.
The club announced Lander suffered a shoulder injury in the middle frame.
Petry, who is set to become an unrestricted free-agent after this season, was rumored to be heading out of Edmonton prior to the March 2 trade deadline. The 27-year-old has 15 points in 57 games this season while averaging 21:11 in ice time a night.
Lander, 23, has split this season with the Oilers and AHL’s Oklahoma City Barons. In 21 games with the parent club Lander has four goals and 11 points.
On the same day Bruins’ president Cam Neely told the Boston Globe he’s disappointed with his club’s performance, hockey insider Darren Dreger reports there could be major changes coming in the offseason.
All the latest from the blue paint…
Tuukka Rask was first off from this morning’s skate but, shortly thereafter, Boston head coach Claude Julien refused to say if it would be Rask or Malcolm Subban in goal tonight versus Edmonton.
There are compelling arguments for both. Subban, Boston’s first-round pick at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, was recalled from AHL Providence yesterday — where he’s fared remarkably well this season — and would be making his big-league debut against a relatively weak Oilers team.
Rask, however, is the club’s clear-cut No. 1 at present time and the Bruins are desperate for a win. The team heads into tonight’s contest having lost five of six, sitting just two points up on Florida for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
If we had to guess, it’ll be Rask that gets the nod.
For Edmonton, Ben Scrivens will start.
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Wings at Hawks: Jimmy Howard vs. Corey Crawford
Wild at Flames: Jonas Hiller for Calgary, no word yet on a Minnesota starter.
Kings at Avs: Semyon Varlamov for Colorado, no word yet on a L.A. starter.
Bolts at Ducks: John Gibson for Anaheim, no word yet on a Tampa Bay starter.