|16-12-5, 37 points, 1.121 p/g-||Ranks||17-14-4, 38 points, 1.218 p/g|
|Pacific Division - 3rd||Central Division - 3rd|
A 2-2 tie wouldn't be settled by a five minute overtime, and everyone's favourite method of determining the end to a mid-December regular season matchup would be necessary. Mark Letestu would pop one in for the Oilers, while Jonathan Drouin would knot it up at 1 in the shootout. Then, some kid named Connor McDavid would drive home the eventual winner with his first career shootout marker. Cam Talbot turned aside Brian Boyle's attempt, and the Oilers emerged victorious, taking two much needed points to maintain third place in the Pacific Division.
Edmonton is in St. Louis tonight to take on a Blues team that's 21st overall in goals allowed. Can the Oilers keep their power play humming? Let's go to the tape.
The Oilers are saying
"We controlled our dumps, kept them away from Bishop, and we had our licks on the forecheck causing turnovers"Source
That's Oilers forward Matt Hendricks on his line's role against Tampa Bay this past Saturday.
I ain't gonna lie, I totally used this quote because of the "We controlled our dumps" line.
Matt Hendricks was acquired in the deal that sent Devan Dubnyk to the Nashville Predators nearly three years ago. (time flies, eh?) The nice part about Hendricks is that he was an actual, serviceable NHL player upon his arrival. The part that stinks right now is that the thirty-five year old Hendricks has outlasted his serviceability on this NHL roster. The Oilers might be able to ship him to an NHL playoff hopeful for a conditional draft pick around the trade deadline, but having Hendricks on the depth chart as anything other than the 14th forward right now does no service to the team.
In nine games, Hendricks has one assist. Play Jesse Puljujarvi or send him to the AHL.
The opponents are saying
"I'm not really following (the stats)...I just try to work every day. I believe y work and the team's work will pay off. (The points) are really nice, but it's all because of my linemates and teammates, who allow me to score those goals and points."