|23-40-13, 59 points, .76 p/g||Ranks||49-22-7, 105 points, 1.346 p/g|
|Western Conference - 13th||Western Conference - 1st|
All This Winning Is Contagious
Edmonton sent Colorado to the brink of mathematical elimination with a 4-1 victory at the Pepsi Center on Monday. It really was a 2-1 game until Semyon Varlamov got pulled with three minutes remaining, but I'll take a couple of empty netters to pad the pile. Brandon Davidson scored his first NHL goal in the first period, and then Justin Schultz made Nate Guenin look very bad. Richard Bachman stopped all but one for his second consecutive victory.
The Oilers are winners of their last three games, something they haven't been able to say since way back in October. The Ducks have won forty-nine games and look to clinch the Pacific Division tonight.
The Oilers are saying
"I'm extremely excited and honoured to be part of the organization. I just can't thank my teammates and coaches from Denver enough for what they've done for me over the last four years. It's just really great to have an opportunity to comedown here to the United States to play hockey when maybe the WHL wasn't exactly suited for me. I can't thank my teammates and coaches enough."
That's Oilers defence prospect Joey LaLeggia on his time with Denver. LaLeggia signed a two year contract with the Oilers this week.
A fifth round pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, LaLeggia finished third on Denver in scoring this year. A Hobey Baker finalist, LaLeggia will see some time in OKC before the year ends. It'll be interesting to see where he starts next year, because I'm looking for any and all available bodies to help replace 21 and 85.
The opponents are saying
"We weren't really happy after the 7-2 and 5-3 losses in New York and Columbus, so we had a little bit of a regroup in Boston. We had a couple of meetings and wanted to make sure we were back at our game, and make sure everybody knows what they're doing. There are only a few games left before the playoffs, and we want to get that momentum going."
- A tip of the hat to Brandon Davidson, who scored his first NHL goal against Colorado on Monday. It came on a nice feed from Anton Lander. Here, watch it. So many feel good stories here over the past week you'd think this team didn't lose 53 games this season.
- Ben Scrivens (15-23-10, .896 SV% / 3.00 GAA) will likely get the start tonight, while Frederik Anderson (33-11-5, .914 SV% / 2.40 GAA) is the likely choice for Anaheim. We could also see John Gibson (20-13-7, .916 SV% / 2.58 GAA). With the Oilers definitely in the hunt for a goalie this offseason, is Gibson a possible target?
- Tyler Bunz has been called up as Richard Bachman is dealing with a death in his family. I don't even want to think about tomorrow's game against Los Angeles.
- TANKS FOR THE MEMORIES
Does Arizona have six more points in them? Do they have one? Buffalo hosts a Leafs club who defeated Tampa last night. If Buffalo wins tonight, their fan base might melt.