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Oilers Try To Knock Off Central Division Foe In Wild

Devan Dubnyk and the Minnesota Wild enter Edmonton looking to thwart the Oilers' two game win streak.

Devan Dubnyk is copping that .945 SV% right now.
Devan Dubnyk is copping that .945 SV% right now.
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11-8-4, 26 points, 1.131 p/g- Ranks 14-10-2, 30 points, 1.154 p/g
Central Division - 3rd Pacific Division - 2nd
15th P/G 13th
15th ST 8th
12th S/G 5th
2nd Goal 14th
7:30 PM MDT
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Rogers Place

The opposing view


Milan Lucic - Connor McDavid - Leon Draisaitl
Benoit Pouliot - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Jordan Eberle
Patrick Maroon - Mark Letestu - Zack Kassian
Tyler Pitlick - Drake Caggiula - Anton Slepyshev

Andrej Sekera - Matt Benning
Oscar Klefbom - Mark Fayne
Kris Russell - Adam Larsson

Jonas Gustavsson
Cam Talbot

Draisaitl Powers Oilers In OT

File this one under the 'yeah, it really happened' column.  Yes, Edmonton.  The Oilers defeated the Ducks in OT!

No score until five minutes through the second period when Drake Caggiula scored his first career regular season goal on the power play on a pretty feed from Patrick Maroon.    Anaheim's Ryan Kesler would tie it up four minutes later with a power play goal of his own.  Ryan Nugent-Hopkins would make it 2-1 Oilers about four minutes after Ryan Kesler, and Edmonton got out of the second period up 2-1.

Anaheim's Rickard Rakell would score his tenth goal midway through the third period to tie it at 2 goals a piece. Edmonton would at least get a point out of this one, but could they make it two?

Well, yeah, they did.  And Leon Draisaitl had a big hand in it, receiving a pass right in front of Anaheim's Jon Gibson with less than two minutes remaining in overtime.  Credit to Andrej Sekera for making some magic happen there. The Oilers took care of the Ducks.  Jordan Eberle had assists on all three goals.  Cam Talbot probably needs a break.  Oilers did it without Darnell Nurse today, who was put on the IR with a bad foot.  More on that after the jump.

Let's go to the tape.

The Oilers are saying

That's Coach Todd McLellan on keeping the lineup the same as yesterday.  Only Cam Talbot will be replaced for Jonas Gustavsson this evening.

The opponents are saying

"I don't know...He looked like he had trouble skating tonight, so I'm going to talk to the trainers after this...He just looked sluggish, like very methodical in his skating.."  Source

That's Wild coach Bruce Boudreau on Zach Parise after a 3-2 OTL to Calgary last night.

Minnesota might not be getting what they want from Zach Parise right now (4-5-9 in 26 GP), but they've got a +14 goal differential on the season, which is manageable a third-way through the season.

Have some of this

  • Connor McDavid didn't score last night.  No assists, goals, or points.  Pack it in, you guys, it's over.  How he'll recover, I'm not sure, but I guess he's doin' OK leading the league with 34 points (11-23-34) in 26 games.
  • POWER PLAY GARDENS: Just two power play opportunities  last night, but the Oilers were able to cash in on one of them via Drake Caggiula's first career goal.  Nugent-Hopkins would've made it 2/2 if he shot the puck two seconds earlier than he did.  Speaking of Nuge, his S% just went from four point something to...5.6%.  Maybe "jump" isn't the right word.  Hang in there.
  • Oilers Twitter reports that Brandon Davidson is travelling with the team on the upcoming three game roadie, good, because it's been over six weeks since anyone's seen him alive.
  • Jonas Gustavsson is in to relieve Cam Talbot tonight.  Gustavsson (1-1-0, .914 SV% / 2.04 GAA) will face off against former Oiler Devan Dubnyk (9-6-3. .945 SV% / 1.67 GAA / 4 SO).  Good God, Devan Dubnyk.
  • Iiro Pakarinen (knee), Darnell Nurse (lower body), Eric Gryba (undisclosed) and Brandon Davidson (upper body) will be out for the Oilers. The Wild will be without winger Zac Dalpe (knee) and defenceman Christian Folin (knee)