The Edmonton Oilers return to the 2013-14 NHL season exactly where they were when play halted due to the Winter Olympics. That is, as one of the worst teams in the NHL. The Minnesota Wild, on the other hand, were finally starting to play up to their potential prior to the 2014 Winter Games.
How will Edmonton respond after yet another ringing endorsement from Craig MacTavish despite a 20-33-7 record? What will become of Alex Hemsky being move to the win and into a top-six role? Is this just an attempt to showcase him for a trade? Or is the team trying to utilize him after he showed off some serious skill during the Winter Games?
The big news for the Wild is that captain Mikko Koivu is close to returning. He won’t be in the lineup against Edmonton, but he could be ready to go by Friday. He obviously won’t be able to make an impact against the Oilers, but Zach Parise and Ryan Suter will both be looking to bounce back from a dramatic and devastating flameout in Sochi while skating for the United States.
Will Minnesota come out flat against a team they should beat? Or will Edmonton claim the role of upset artist as the playoff push resumes? Tune in to find out.
Date: February 27
Start Time: 9:30 P.M. ET
TV Info: FS-N, SNET-W
Live Stream: NHL GameCenter