Thursday, 12 December, 2019

Draisaitl scores 2 power play goals, Oilers lead Canucks 3-2

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Cary Erickson | 04 December, 2019, 04:23

When asked about his team's propensity through the first two months for bouncing back in a big way from a poor effort, Edmonton Oilers defenceman Kris Russell was right on the mark when he said, "Well, we've got another team that's not happy with their last game, either". Since Oct. 30, a span of 14 games, the Oilers boast the ninth-best expected goal share in the NHL at 52.4% (per Evolving Hockey). At some point quickly, we need to discuss more the merits of locking Bear up to a long term deal, in the similar vein of Oscar Klefbom.

Josh Leivo and Brock Boeser have scored the Canucks (13-11-4), who are 3-3-0 in their last six games. In these two teams first meeting of the season, the Oilers won by the score of 3-2 in a game played in Edmonton. "I thought we played well (but) they got two power-play goals there and that was the difference".

One challenge down. Another one in Vancouver Sunday night.

How many do the Oilers, who have skilled fast players like McDavid and Draisaitl that the opposition always has to hook or trip to keep down? Draisaitl recorded a team-high 3 points for the Oilers.

Averaging 28.3 saves per game with a.920 save percentage, Mikko Koskinen (9-6-2) has been the best option in goal for Edmonton this year. "I have lots of time before tomorrow, but I like the back-to-back".

"Hey, you know they make stuff happen out there", Tippett said.

"Two huge divisional games", said Nurse. They're first and second in the league (in scoring) for a reason.

And for good measure there was a Harlem Globetrotters like foray in the opening period to erase a 1-0 deficit that will find the highlight reels.

It's no secret how the Oilers got here. The other was October 27 and October 29 against Florida and Detroit. "The power play speaks for itself. We're chasing goals. and don't have the same commitment to defending".

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"Our special teams? Not good enough", said McDavid. Edmonton's goalies have been strong overall so far on the year with Mike Smith recording a record of 7-6-1, with 1 shutout and goals against average of 2.66. Pearson only has 17 points all season, five against the Oilers.

"It wasn't a very good first period and we were getting at least some offensive zone time in the second period".

The Oilers lost 5-2 to the Canucks at Rogers Place on Saturday in the first game of the home-and-home series.

The Oilers centre underwent a hand procedure this week. They saw the puck had smacked off the camera mounted inside the net and back out.

The Edmonton Oilers have placed Ryan Nugent-Hopkins on injury reserve.

"Soft diet", said Chiasson, who isn't attacking any porterhouse steaks anytime soon.

The game in Pittsburgh was the fifth of a six-game road trip for the Canucks, who return home to host the Oilers on Sunday.

JUST ANOTHER DAY AT OFFICE Russell's left ear is a ganglia of stitches, the lobe all black and swollen, after he took a puck in the face in Colorado.

"I think you can use that game as motivation", said Canucks defenceman Quinn Hughes. "They both can see the ice like most guys can't".