November 14, 2017 1:51 pm

Edmonton Oilers look to keep surprising Golden Knights in check

Edmonton Oilers players celebrate a goal against the Dallas Stars during second period NHL action in Edmonton, Alta., on Thursday October 26, 2017.

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The Edmonton Oilers are back at Rogers Place, but so far this season home ice hasn’t been an advantage.

The Oilers are just 3-6-0 at home while going 3-3-2 on the road.

“We check on the road. You don’t keep teams to one or two by accident. We check on the road. When we get home, we have a tendency to want to open it up,” head coach Todd McLellan said.

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“When we look at some of the situations we’ve given up goals or chances on, there has been some cheat in our game.”

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The Oilers host the Vegas Golden Knights Tuesday night. It’s the team’s first-ever meeting against the expansion team, which has gone 10-5-1 so far.

“I think it’s just a hard-working team which executes and plays a full 60 minutes, so we’re going to have to do that,” defenceman Kris Russell said.

Winger Drake Caggiula, who hasn’t played since blocking a shot a week ago against the New York Islanders, took the morning skate but isn’t expected to play. The Oilers projected lineup is:

Maroon – McDavid – Draisaitl

Lucic – Nugent-Hopkins – Puljujariv

Khaira – Strome – Pakarinen

Malone – Letestu – Kassian

Nurse – Larsson

Klefbom – Benning

Auvitu – Russell

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Catch the Oilers and Golden Knights on 630 CHED with the Face-off Show at 5:30 p.m.  The game starts at 7 p.m.

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