|19-13-7, 45 points, 1.154 p/g-||Ranks||20-16-4, 44 points, 1.1 p/g|
|Pacific Division - 3rd||Atlantic Division - 3rd|
|12th||Points / Game||17th|
|6th||Shots on Goal||3rd|
Not Quite Prime Time
The Oilers fell flat on Tuesday while Columbus rolled on to their sixteenth consecutive victory. The final score read 3-1, but the Jackets all but dominated play from the early on. Cam Atkinson would score midway through the first for Columbus, one of two power play goals for the Jackets. Oilers defenceman Oscar Klefbom would tie it up at 1-all at the five minute mark of the second, but that's as close as the Oilers would get to taking two points. Five minutes after Oscar Klefbom tied it up, it would be William Karlsson who would put the Jackets up permanently with his sixth goal of the season.
Nick Foligno would add an insurance tally for the Jackets early in the third, and that'd be all she wrote. Columbus was 2/3 on their power play, the Oilers fried a doughnut in three attempts. Oilers were able to muster just 22 shots, while the Jackets fired the pill 35 times.
If you were watching the scoreboard last night, it wasn't a good night for the Oilers to be idle. Calgary toppled the Avalanche, Anaheim shutout the Red Wings, and Vancouver did the same to the Coyotes. Oilers are holding on to third in the Pacific, but would do nicely to escape Boston with two points tonight.
Let's go to the tape.
The Oilers are saying
""Just shuffling things around...We've only scored one or two goals five-on-five over the last three or four games."Source
That's Oilers coach Todd McLellan on some line changes that will go into effect for tonight's game.
The Oilers have moved Milan Lucic and Jordan Eberle off the McDavid line in favour of Patrick Maroon and Leon Draisaitl. Eberle has been placed on line three with Benoit Pouliot and Drake Caggiula, while Lucic is on line two with RNH and Zack Kassian.
Hey, at least Jesse Puljujarvi's getting the right amount of minutes on the fourth line next to Anton Lander and Mark Letestu (he's not).
The opponents are saying
"They're a skilled team with lots of speed...They're a team heading in the right direction."
That's Bruins coach Claude Julien on the Oilers. Skill? yes. Lots of speed? I'll let you pick one line.