|18-12-5, 41 points, 1.171 p/g-||Ranks||20-12-1, 41 points, 1.242 p/g|
|Pacific Division - 2nd||Pacific Division - 1st|
|12th||Points / Game||9th|
|5th||Shots on Goal||8th|
Hanging On In Arizona
Mark Letestu, Milan Lucic and Matt Hendricks would each score a goal to put the Oilers up 3-0 by the third minute of the second period. Hell, Zack Kassian nearly made it 4-0 before another one of his goals were called back. "This is gonna be the day where the Oilers score twelve goals en route to a victory five years in the making", I thought. "I can start my drinking early, and not have to pound them angrily all at once".
Nope. Martin Hanzal would score a power play goal for the Coyotes midway through the second, just to make it interesting.
"One goal," I thought. It was sporting of the Oilers to make it at least a little interesting. Edmonton finished the second period with 20 shots, just as many as the Coyotes had. Cruising into the third with a two goal lead, it's gonna be just fine.
The third period was nearly a gongshow Eric Gryba's ass got him in trouble, Mark Letestu and Martin Hanzal went tusslin', and then it got really weird with OEL and Zack Kassian, after Oliver Ekman-Larsson hit Matt Hendricks from a vulnerable position. Ekman-Larsson would score to bring the Coyotes to within one goal with six seconds remaining, but the Oilers would hold on to eek two regulation points out of Arizona for the first time in years.
The Oilers are in San Jose for a battle of first place in the Pacific. Can the Oilers finish a perfect three-for-three on their three game roadie?
Let's go to the tape.
The Oilers are saying
"We're a proud group, we play hard for each other, we stand up for each other and we want to be a team that doesn't get pushed around."Source
That's Oilers forward Matt Hendricks after his team's 3-2 victory against Arizona on Wednesday night.
Absolutely no problem with Zack Kassian coming in to deck Oliver Ekman-Larsson after Larsson hit Hendricks from a vulnerable position. The Oilers paid Milan Lucic a king's ransom to come in and do that on Connor McDavid's line, it only cost them
Problem? One total shot on goal in the third period. Not just from Matt Hendricks, but the entire club.
The opponents are saying
"Our division is so tight right now, every game is a four-point game...We got one more before Christmas, so get some confidence after tonight and win that next one, and have a nice break."