|12-8-1, 25 points, 1.19 p/g||Ranks||6-10-2, 14 points, .778 p/g|
|Pacific Division - 1st||Pacific Division, 7th|
Oilers Come From Behind To Double Up Avalanche
Milan Lucic had a four point night, Connor McDavid had three, and Jordan Eberle scored twice en route to Edmonton's come-from-behind 6-3 victory in Denver.
Alright, so Eberle had an empty netter. He needed it. The Oilers came from behind three times to take two points from a .500 team in Denver. That's not as impressive as a playoff series victory, but it' s a small step in the right direction. You've seen a lot of Oiler teams over the past decade collapse like a badly damaged card table, or wither like when you burn a milk jug in a campfire. What do you mean, "I'm not supposed to burn plastic"? Whatever. It smells delicious.
Let's go to the tape.
The Oilers are saying
"Our goal is to try to continue to momentum from this little streak we're on...I think out starts are starting to improve a little bit. At the beginning of games, we have a little bit more energy coming into them. We're finding the back of the net early and not allowing teams to get one-two goal leads on us."Source
That's Oilers forward Matt Hendricks on Edmonton's recent success, and not folding like a badly damaged card table after going down a goal.
Oilers head back to Rogers Place after tonight's game in Arizona. Not to get ahead of ourselves, but that's a big potential four points.
The opponents are saying
"I was awful...I was sleeping right from the first goal and right through on. It's not even close...It was obvious that I wasn't feeling it tonight but it's no excuse. You have to get the job done. I think we worked hard for a couple days in practice this week and worked on a lot of good things. I thought we did a lot of those good things tonight. It's one of those nights where we did a lot of good things in front of me, and tonight I dropped the ball." Source
Ahem. Mike Smith's been limited to five games (2-1-1, .904 SV%) after missing a month with a lower body injury. Replacement Louis Domingue (4-8-1, .904 SV%) hasn't been having much fun between the pipes either.