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Bachman returns for Oilers
Richard Bachman will return to the Edmonton net tonight when the Oilers host the playoff-hungry Kings at Rexall.
Bachman, who’s been away from the team following the death of his brother, will look to regain the form shown in his last two starts — a 29-save effort in a 4-1 win over Colorado, and a 29-save shutout in a 4-0 win over Dallas.
But it won’t be easy.
The Kings absolutely crushed the Oilers two games ago, lighting up Ben Scrivens and ECHL recall Tyler Bunz in a 8-2 victory. It marked the first time in five years L.A. scored eight goals in a game, prompting Oilers forward Jordan Eberle to lash out at his team’s performance.
“That was embarrassing,” Eberle said. “They treated us like a junior team. They pushed us around.
“You’re a professional hockey player. You have to be able to push through whatever it is, or there will be guys who will take your spot.”
No word yet on who’ll start for L.A. Jonathan Quick played last night in Vancouver and fared well, stopping 37 of 38 shots in a 2-1 shootout loss.
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