|17-12-5, 39 points, 1.147 p/g-||Ranks||11-16-5, 27 points, .844 p/g|
|Pacific Division - 3rd||Pacific Division - 7th|
A Win? In St. Louis? In Overtime? Sure, Why Not.
Monday's 3-2 overtime victory in St. Louis was the most satisfying win in a long time. You wanna feel tingly all over? Legally? Ryan Nugent-Hopkins sixth goal of the year from Connor McDavid and Andrej Sekera should do the trick.
Edmonton conceded a goal to Former Oiler™ Kyle Brodziak four minutes into the first period. Tyler Pitlick would knot it up just seven minutes later right off a faceoff. Pitlick would later leave the game after crashing awkwardly into the boards with St. Louis' Jori Lehtera.
Because Oilers, Vladimir Tarasenko would certainly score about thirty seconds later. Both goals weren't good goals for Talbot. This is to be expected when you play a goaltender for eighty thousand minutes in the first half of the season. St. Louis took a 2-1 lead into the first intermission. And then, as is tradition, into the second one as well.
Patrick Maroon would score five minutes into the third period on a fancy deflection from Brandon Davidson. Leon Draisaitl would pick up his second assist. Maroon also had the fortune of scoring the goal in front of his son, who was in the crowd watching his old man play.
Edmonton would take a 2-2 tie into overtime, when Ryan Nugent-Hopkins did the deed.
Let's go to the tape.
The Oilers are saying
"First off, we're ever-flowing...We're going to change, we're going to move, we're going to manipulate based on our needs for that game and I liked what I saw from Maroon, Nugent-Hopkins and Leon. They were very, very effective in the last half of that game. If they can continue to produce, I think we've got something there but it is also is based on what other lines are doing. They have to be responsive as well. Letestu's line has been tremendous lately. It's what that third or fourth line, whatever you want to call it, can give us tonight. If they're effective then we've got something. If not, then we have to look at something different during the game."Source
That's Oilers head coach Todd McLellan on lines, line deployment, and other things linear.
Interesting that McLellan calls Letestu the "third or fourth line". I don't read too awful much into that, but if Letestu is the third line, I'm not going to turn the page to see who's on the fourth line.
How the hell does Arizona have points in 25 straight games against the Oilers?
The opponents are saying
"For some reason we play well against these guys."