Edmonton Oilers at New York Islanders: 5 p.m. ET at Barclays Middle, TV: Sportsnet, radio: 630 CHED
BROOKLYN, N.Y. — New York Islanders winger Jordan Eberle went out for dinner with some previous Edmonton Oilers buddies Monday night time, breaking bread even when he hasn’t fairly damaged the twine after taking part in greater than 500 video games along with his former membership.
“I’m positive it’ll be bizarre seeing the blokes throughout from me, however I’ve talked with Hallsy (Taylor Corridor) about what to anticipate. On the finish of the day, it’s simply one other sport. As a result of it’s the staff you used to play on, there’s a bit extra incentive to beat them, although,” stated Eberle, who has 4 targets and 11 factors, now taking part in right-wing with Matthew Barzal, a contender for rookie-of-the-year with 13 factors in 14 video games.
“I’m positive I’ll be extra nervous going again to Edmonton (for the primary time.)”
If he fits up for that March Eight contest at Rogers Place, he’ll most likely get a pleasant video tribute like all long-time Oilers coming again. “I hope they don’t boo me,” Eberle stated with fun.
Eberle, carrying his Regina Pats’ junior No. 7 after his whole NHL time in Edmonton as No. 14, noticed a couple of mates Monday night time simply as Ryan Strome, the winger they bought for Eberle, met up with captain John Tavares and others from his days right here.
“I’m a New York Islander now, however you do develop relationships,” stated Eberle, who was very near Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.
Eberle and the Oilers across the dinner desk Monday may not have talked a lot in regards to the Oilers’ lot in life proper between meal programs. Actually, Eberle’s bought extra of a style of successful with the Islanders (Eight-5-1).


“I’m a fan of hockey, I watch video games. I hold tabs, and clearly, I've mates on the Oilers,” stated Eberle, who hasn’t divorced himself from the Oilers fairly but. “It's stunning, however they've hockey staff over there, good teaching employees. You have a look at what number of photographs they’re producing and their capturing proportion, and it’s solely a matter of time till the pucks go in. Hopefully, it’s not tonight.”
Eberle is aware of the Oilers have had acres of bother successful at dwelling (Three-6) this season and that the followers are understandably getting stressed.
“I’ve been by way of robust years in Edmonton the place you’re getting booed off the ice … it’s not enjoyable. When issues are going unhealthy, it’s virtually higher to get on the street, the place you could be looser.”
Eberle didn’t ask to get traded. Identical as Corridor. Corridor was blindsided when he was dealt for Adam Larsson in the summertime of 2016. Eberle knew his transfer was coming earlier than he was traded for Strome simply earlier than the draft in Chicago in June. Whereas the Oilers have been trying to go cheaper and divest themselves of Eberle’s $6-million contract, he didn’t rating within the playoffs by way of 13 video games, in order that clearly was an element, too.
“I wasn’t shocked (by the commerce). It’s extremely unlikely a participant goes by way of his whole profession with one staff,” stated Eberle.
He’ll be taking part in Tuesday with the 20-year-old Barzal, who had 5 assists in opposition to Colorado Sunday, and Andrew Ladd on the Islanders’ second line. Tavares centres the No. 1 line alongside Anders Lee and Josh Bailey, and Eberle is on the second power-play unit.
“I’m getting about the identical minutes I bought in Edmonton,” he stated.
Off the morning skate Tuesday, the Oilers will go together with principally the identical traces they used Sunday in opposition to Detroit, which implies Leon Draisaitl stays on Connor McDavid’s right-wing. Just one change: Anton Slepyshev, who missed the loss to Detroit with a lower-body harm, will likely be on right-wing on the second line rather than Kailer Yamamoto, who was despatched again to his Spokane junior staff. It seems farm call-up centre Brad Malone will sit, together with Jujhar Khaira, at ahead.
The Islanders have griped in regards to the ice on the Barclays Middle since relocating right here from Uniondale’s Nassau Coliseum in 2015, however they've a 52-23-13 document within the Brooklyn area. They’re 5-Zero-1 this 12 months and in opposition to Western Convention groups they're 25-5-Four since 2015-16. The Oilers beat them in a shootout final November.