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Milan Lucic will be at his usual spot on Connor McDavid left side against New York Islanders.
The Edmonton Oilers forward missed Wednesday practice with the flu but took the optional skate Thursday and said he ready to go in Jordan Eberle return to Edmonton.
Winger Mike Cammalleri was skating extra with defencemen Matt Benning and Yohann Auvitu, so they appear to be out for tonight game. If Benning doesn play, then Ethan Bear will be getting his fourth game on the blueline after his call up from Bakersfield. Zack Kassian, a healthy scratch for the Arizona game, should be back on the fourth line with Jujhar Khaira and Iiro Pakarinen.
The Islanders, who lost seven in a row in their scramble for a wild card spot, will go with backup Christopher Gilbson in net rather than normal starter Jaro Halak. Gilbson has made one start against Pittsburgh with Thomas Greiss injured.
Ex Oilers defenceman Brandon Davidson, dealt to the Islanders just before the deadline for a third round draft pick, is on their third pairing with Adam Pelech.
Point of interest with the Islanders: Four ex Oilers are on their coaching staff. Head man Doug Weight, assistants Luke Richardson and Kelly Buchberger and goalie coach Fred Brathwaite.
Five Things to Watch1. Rookie of yearEven before Vancouver Canucks winger Brock Boeser hurt his back crashing into an open gate at the player bench, which will put him out for the rest of the season, New York Islanders forward Mathew Barzal was almost a slam dunk for the Calder. He got 69 points in 67 games, more than captain John Tavares. Hard to believe the Oilers passed on him by trading their No. 16 pick and 33rd pick to the Islanders for Griffin Reinhart in 2015.
2. They score enough (top six in the NHL) but are dead last in goals allowed at 3.52 a game, which means they need four a game to have any chance. Their team save percentage is only.901, but that actually better than the Oilers at .897. One of their few low scoring games this season was in November in Brooklyn, with Oilers winning in OT 2 1.
3. Lots of familiar facesNot only is Islanders coach Doug Weight, the former Oilers captain, but former Oilers defenceman Luke Richardson and ex Edmonton captain Kelly Buchberger are his assistants. They just traded for Brandon Davidson on defence too. We get to winger Jordan Eberle later. Oh yeah, blue liner Johnny Boychuk from Edmonton too.
4. Strome alertOilers No. 3 centre Ryan Strome, obviously, has some Islanders ties too. He was their first round draft in 2011, No. 5 overall, after New Jersey took Adam Larsson at No. 4. The top five that June was Ryan Nugent Hopkins, Gabriel Landeskog, Jonathan Huberdeau, Larsson and Strome. Nugent Hopkins, Larsson and Strome are wearing Oilers colours, of course.
5. Closing in on milestoneNugent Hopkins, who has a goal and a helper in his first two games back after cracking ribs Jan. 13 and missing 18 games, needs two points for 300 in his NHL career. He played 444 games with the Oilers, which puts him 29th in team history. Richardson played 436 and is 30th.
Big Match upJordan Eberle vs His Old Team
Edmonton Oilers right wing Iiro Pakarinen, left, defends New York Islanders forward Jordan Eberle during the second period of an NHL hockey game in New York, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. Kathy Willens / AP
This figures to be as emotional for Eberle as it was for Taylor Hall when he returned with New Jersey Devils. Eberle will get a nice tribute on the big screen sometime in the first period at a stoppage. Eberle went to the Islanders for Strome last June after scoring 20 or more goals five times as an Oiler. Eberle had 21 two goal games and two hat tricks in his 507 Oiler games.