|20-13-7, 47 points, 1.154 p/g||Ranks||16-17-7, 39 points, 1.1 p/g|
|Pacific Division - 3rd||Metropolitan Division - 7th|
|11th||Points / Game||27th|
|7th||Shots on Goal||29th|
Three For Patrick
Patrick Maroon's three goal performance was enough for the Oilers to overcome a couple of shifty periods en route to a 4-3 victory in Boston. Maroon had a goal in each period, while Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was credited with his eighth of the season just fourteen seconds into the third. The Oilers made it interesting late in the third when both Eric Gryba and Benoit Pouliot took penalties a minute apart. Boston was able to score a late one to bring the score to within one, but the Oilers would hold on long enough for a 4-3 victory. Cam Talbot earned his nineteenth victory of the year, and the Oilers would have their first regulation win in Boston since 1996. I think Blaine Lacher was the goalie then. Or Vincent Riendeau.
The Oilers are in New Jersey today to face the Devils. Wonder if they'll see anyone there they remember.
Let's go to the tape.
The Oilers are saying
"He defends first, he's positionally sound, solid stick, but the physicality part of it is something that was underestimated by me. I didn't think he would be as aggressive as he's been. That's been a welcome addition to our back end."Source
That's Oilers coach Todd McLellan on what Adam Larsson has brought to the Oilers.
You've got to feel for Adam Larsson coming into a situation like he did. Had the Montreal Canadiens not sent P.K. Subban to the Nashville Predators for Shea Weber, the Hall / Larsson deal would easily have been the biggest trade of the 2016 offseason. Short of being Chris Pronger 2.0, Larsson would never live up to the hype.
To Larsson's credit, he's been an effective, real, live NHL defender. He's currently averaging 20:06 time on ice, good for fourth on the team. It's the difference between a right side that includes Eric Gryba more nights than not, and that's good for the Oilers.
The opponents are saying
"Definitely going to be weird...Super strange atmosphere for me."
That's Devils winger Taylor Hall on today's matchup against his former club.
Weird for you, weird for me. Hey, what do you know? Hall's missed a total of nine games for the Devils this year, but he still leads his club with 25 points (9-16-25). Travis Zajac trails Hall by just one point (8-16-24) in 39 games played.
Have some of this