|7-21-7, 21 points, .6 p/g||Ranks||18-15-3 39 points, 1.084 p/g|
|Western Conference - 14th||Western Conference - 9th|
Arizona completed a season sweep of the Edmonton Oilers with a 5-1 victory at Rexall Place on Tuesday. Former Oiler Sam Gagner had a four point night (2G-2A), and save for a Justin Schultz tally in the first period, it never was close. Oiler goaltender Ben Scrivens got the hook just five minutes into the game when he allowed Arizona's second goal on three shots. Viktor Fasth didn't do very much better in relief. The Coyotes have just twelve wins on the season, and five of those came against the Oilers by Christmastime.
This evening, the Oilers will face off in Calgary against the Flames, a team they'll play another four times this year including tonight. After a sizzling start, the Flames are starting to hit reality (they're just 2-7-1 over their last ten). More encouraging words to follow.
The Oilers are saying
"We obviously took a step back tonight. It wasn't the game that we wanted"
That's Oilers interim head coach Todd Nelson after Tuesday's 5-1 debacle against the Coyotes
It's getting harder and harder to say that this team isn't very good, but here we are, doing it for the twenty-eighth time in thirty-five games so far this season. Nelson has yet to see a victory as the Oilers head coach, the team has seen one victory since the second week of November, and the wheels just keep on turning in Oil Country. Tonight, they'll face off against a Flames team that's been having a tough go of it in recent weeks, but if Arizona can dustbin the Oilers like they did, that's gotta look mighty good to the Flames.
The Opponent is saying
"For all the bad things, luck-wise, that have happened to us lately, I think we deserved a break and we got one."
If you've read almost anything that's been put out there about the Flames' play in the last three months, you would think that they are en route to a playoff berth. They've solved the rebuild, guys, you can head home now.
Yeah, about all that.
While Calgary's start to the season looked good on paper (they were a cool 17-8-2 just three weeks ago), they've -gotten just one win since. Wonder what that's all about? Maybe that team shooting percentage of 10+% won't hold on for an entire season? The Oilers have taken more shots on net this season than the Flames, yet the Flames have nearly thirty more goals on the year. Don't worry, Calgary, there's always room for one more at the lottery table.
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