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Oilers @ Islanders Game 55 Preview

Oilers hit Long Island after picking up a close victory last night in New Jersey

John Tavares leads the Islanders in points with 51 in 53 games played.
John Tavares leads the Islanders in points with 51 in 53 games played.
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15-30-9, 37 points,  .722 p/g Ranks 21-23-9, 51 points, 1.302 p/g
Western Conference - 14th Eastern Conference - 4th
29th P/G 7th
26th ST 2nd
28th ES 11th
29th Goal 23rd
5 PM - SNW
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
The opposing view: Lighthouse Hockey

When Two Goals Are Enough

The Edmonton Oilers won a game on the road in regulation for the first time in nearly three months, as they defeated the New Jersey Devils by a score of 2-1.  Nail Yakupov scored the game winner, a beauty one timer on the power play.  Jordan Eberle picked up assists on both goals, his 19th and 20th of the season.  Oscar Klefbom scored late in the first period for the Oilers, who are now 1-1 so far on their six game roadie.  The Devils had only fourteen shots in the entire game, and that's...pretty terrible.

Ben Scrivens picked up his tenth win on the year.  Confetti everywhere.

The Oilers are saying

"I just tried to get open and we have really good guys who can pass the puck.  The third one I just put it in.  That's what I have to do more and more every game so that's what I'm trying"

That's Oilers forward Nail Yakupov on scoring the eventual game winning goal.

That's a fairly big monkey off the back of Nail Yakupov.  First goal in a month and it's a game winner on the power play.  It's just his fifth of the season.  I can hardly wait to see what happens when contract talks begin.

The Opponent is saying

"I was waiting for my opportunity.  I understand my role and the role I am in this year and you just have to be ready whenever they put you in.  I was glad to get one in the net."
That's Islanders forward Colin McDonald on his role, and getting a goal in Sunday's victory in Buffalo.

McDonald has been a mainstay for the Islanders' farm team in Bridgeport this year.  McDonald has the fourth highest point total for the Sound Tigers, and he's one of a couple options that the Islanders have to replace the injured Kyle Okposo (detached retina).  Would be surprised if the Islanders didn't make a move for another forward as the trade deadline approaches.

Have some of this
  • Oh.  We're all still waiting to see what's going on with Taylor Hall.  Hurry up and sim to draft already.
  • Ben Scrivens picked up his tenth win of the year yesterday.  Today, he "tweaked something"  I've got Viktor Fasth (5-13-2, .889 SV% / 3.34 GAA) should be getting the go for the Oilers tonight,  Jaroslav Halak (28-11-0, .910 / 2.41 GAA) will get the nod for the Islanders.
  • Oscar Klefbom has been having a really good stretch of games.  Klefbom has six points in his last eight, and he's logging a lot of ice time.  Also a bonus:  he looks good out there.  He's logged over 20 minutes in the last four of his five games. More please.
  • Couple key points to the Islanders' success this year:  they're allowing the second fewest shots in the league per game (27), and they're scoring more than three goals a game on average.  There are three other teams who are scoring more than three goals a game on average - Tampa Bay, St. Louis, and Dallas.  Dallas would be a hell of a lot better if they'd allow a bit less than 3.2 goals per game.
  • John Tavares is the goods.  He's going to break his career high of 28 goals this year (he's got 24 at the moment), and the Islanders are going to coast into the playoffs.  A little bit envious?  Yes.  A lot bit envious.