|19-24-5, 43 points, .915 p/g||Ranks||29-13-5, 63 points, 1.34 p/g|
|Pacific Division - 7th||Central Division - 2nd|
A Wild Finish
The Oilers were playing their second game in as many nights as they faced off against Tampa Bay on Tuesday night. Zack Kassian scored his first goal as an Oiler, while Mark Letestu scored a shorthanded goal near the end of the first. The Lightning had goals from Nikita Nesterov and Nikita Kucherov in the first, and both teams entered the second period tied at 2-all. The Lighting would score two more goals in the second period, this time from Ondrej Palat and Vladislav Namestnikov. With twenty minutes to go, the Oilers trailed by a score of 4-2 when Leon Draisaitl and Iiro Pakarinen scored two goals early on in the third.
The Oilers would get a power play less than a couple of minutes later, when all hell broke loose. Alex Killorn would score an empty net goal for the Lightning, and the Oilers' chance for at least a point turned to vapour. I saw shades of Nikolai Khabibulin when Nilsson went out to chase that puck. I've tried to suppress those memories for over seven years.
Today, the Oilers are in Dallas to take on one of the top teams in the Central Division, though they've been having a rough go of it as of late. Let's go to the tape.
The Oilers are saying
"Personally it feels good. Obviously I've been through a lot. But my main goal now is to just try to get wins."
That's newest Oiler Zack Kassian on getting his first two points in Tuesday's 6-4 loss to the Lightning.
Early reports on Kassian: Not getting sheltered minutes, and not looking out of place. Scoring a couple of points sure helps as well. Can he keep it up? Check out Sunil's latest on Zack Kassian's first impressions with the club.
The opponents are saying
"I think we did a little better job but we still have to play 60 minutes and battle hard, be comfortable playing those tight games. It'll be tight games to the end. We'll not see too many open games and it'll be tough to score goals. So we just have to put everything in the net and play better." Source
Have some of this
#Oilers defenceman Andrew Ference will undergo hip surgery and will be sidelined for the remainder of the season.— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) January 21, 2016