OILERS (8-6-1) at PANTHERS (3-5-3)
7 p.m. ET; FS-F, SNW, NHL.TV
The Edmonton Oilers will try to defeat the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center for the 10th consecutive time when the play Thursday.
The nine-game road winning streak against the Panthers began with a 4-0 shutout Dec. 7, 2002 and includes a 4-2 victory last season. Florida hasn’t defeated Edmonton at BB&T Center since a 5-4 victory March 8, 2002.
The Oilers are 1-2-0 entering the finale of a four-game road trip.
The Panthers will be playing at home for the first time since Oct. 20 following a three-game road trip and a back-to-back set against the Winnipeg Jets in Helsinki, Finland, as part of the NHL Global Series. Florida has been off since defeating the Jets on Friday (4-2) and will try to win back-to-back games for the first time this season.
Players to watch
Oilers center Connor McDavid is tied for second in the NHL with 22 points (10 goals, 12 assists).
Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo made 32 saves in the victory against the Jets; it was his first game since he was injured in the opener Oct. 6.
They said it
“We’d obviously like to go home .500. For us, that would be a real good trip. But we’ve got a hungry team in our way, a team that’s getting prepared to make their push now.” — Oilers coach Todd McLellan
“His game is a lot better now than it was seven or eight games ago. … Now, he feels more comfortable and you can put him in certain situations and you can trust him.” — Panthers coach Bob Boughner on forward Mike Hoffman
Oilers projected lineup
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins — Connor McDavid — Ty Rattie
Tobias Rieder — Leon Draisaitl — Alex Chiasson
Milan Lucic — Ryan Strome — Drake Caggiula
Jesse Puljujarvi — Kyle Brodziak — Zack Kassian
Oscar Klefbom — Adam Larsson
Darnell Nurse — Kris Russell
Kevin Gravel — Matt Benning
Scratched: Jujhar Khaira, Kailer Yamamoto , Jason Garrison
Injured: Andrej Sekera (Achilles)
Panthers projected lineup
Evgenii Dadonov — Aleksander Barkov — Mike Hoffman
Jonathan Huberdeau — Vincent Trocheck — Frank Vatrano
Denis Malgin — Jared McCann — Nick Bjugstad
Colton Sceviour — Juho Lammikko — Troy Brouwer
Mike Matheson — Aaron Ekblad
Keith Yandle — MacKenzie Weegar
Bogdan Kiselevich — Alexander Petrovic
Scratched: Maxim Mamin, Mark Pysyk
Injured: Derek MacKenzie (shoulder), Jamie McGinn (back)
Chiasson returns after missing one game with an upper-body injury. … Pysyk, who has not played since he sustained an upper-body injury against the Washington Capitals on Oct. 19, has been cleared to play.
McLellan will coach his 802nd NHL game, moving him into a tie with Art Ross for 40th place on the all-time list. … Hoffman’s nine-game point streak (six goals, three assists) is the longest of his career and the longest active streak in the NHL.