|14-10-4, 32 points, 1.142 p/g-||Ranks||15-10-3, 33 points, 1.178 p/g|
|Pacific Division - 1st||Metropolitan Division - 5th|
Thirty Seconds To Glory
Edmonton was thirty seconds away from leaving Buffalo with a 3-2 victory and a couple of points, but it didn't quite end as expected.
Oilers snoozed through the first period amassing just five shots on goal. Buffalo capitalized with two goals, one from Evander Kane and another from Brian Gionta. Oiler fared far better in the second period when Jordan Eberle scored a power play goal among mass confusion in front of Sabres goalie Anders Nilsson. Milan Lucic would make it 2-all just ninety seconds after Eberle, and things looked much better after forty minutes.
Oilers would gain the lead on a pretty goal from Leon Draisaitl midway through the third, and that's how things looked like they'd remain, at least until the last minute of play. The Sabres pulled Nilsson, the Oilers had some questionable players on the ice, and Evander Kane would score off a rebound to make it 3-3 with less than thirty seconds remaining. Adam Larsson would take a penalty after that, and Rasmus Ristolainen would score his first goal of the season in OT to give the Sabres a 4-3 come from behind victory in OT.
Getting a point is better than no surprise at all, but the Oilers really let one get out from under them on Tuesday night. They'll face off against a red-hot Flyers squad who are winners of their last six in a row.
Let's go to the tape.
The Oilers are saying
"We'll get a guy recalled and one of those guys will play tomorrow. We just have to make a decision based on shot and need. But we feel good about Simmer. He's put himself on the map. If he's in, great. If he's not, he'll get a chance eventually."Source
That's Oilers head coach Todd McLellan on recent call-up Dillon Simpson.
With Mark Fayne out for God knows how long after sustaining an injury in Buffalo, Dillon Simpson will make his NHL debut tonight. Third pair is going to be a lot of fun tonight.
The opponents are saying
"It's huge I mean like I said sometimes it's important for us if you don't necessarily play a great hockey game to win the game or get at least a point, it's how you make the it into the playoffs and (Steve) Mason was outstanding today, lot of big saves and we scored when we needed.