|3-0-2, 8 points, 1.6 p/g||Ranks||1-4-1, 3 points, .5 p/g|
|Eastern Conference - 3rd||Western Conference - 14th|
A late third period goal by Ryan Nugent-Hopkins gave the Oilers an opportunity to hold on for a 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Taylor Hall scored the first penalty shot goal for the Oilers since the dark ages, and even Justin Schultz had a nifty goal. The team didn't have to rely on Ben Scrivens to save 59 shots (it was more like 24) and no one did anything egregiously stupid. It was a positive feeling, a relieving feeling after going winless in five games.
The Oilers look to string two victories together. They plan on doing this by defeating the Capitals this evening.
The Oilers are saying
"I think he's played very good for a kid in a tough league who is 18 years old. We spoke about him (Monday). I think he's been well-supported by his linemates. He's ben very good on our power play. He's finding his way like any player of that age."
The Opponent is saying
"It was a problem. Better structure, better puck management, better team defense. We don't spend particularly a lot of time in our end. We'll have the odd shift that you don't like. I think there's been more commitment to blocking shots; we've probably blocked more shots already than we did in a good portion of last year. That's been an emphasis"
- Alex Ovechkin is a monster. He's got six points in five games, two power play goals, he's ripping off goals with a ridiculous shot percentage (again, small sample size), and generally doing what he does. Oh, and he's got a +1 +/- rating (although +/- is a fairly useless statistic, but some folks love to quote it like it means something)
- Nail Yakupov had just 10:47 in ice time versus Tampa Bay. That's the least amount of time on ice of any Oiler forward last game. I'd expect that number to climb steadily.
- Wins are good. I hope to see more of them. With a 3-2 victory over the Lightning, the Oilers aren't even allowing the most goals per game in the league anymore. A win tonight against the Capitals would allow the Oilers to keep pace with *checks standings...* Colorado! And Winnipeg! What a feeling!
- I think I know this team, and I'd be surprised to see them change much (if anything) in the lineup after a win. That's mostly good, as I'm fairly confident that the six defencemen we saw against Tampa are the six best that the Oilers have.