|33-20-8, 72 points, 1.214 p/g||Ranks||40-12-7, 87 points, 1.474 p/g|
|Pacific Division - 2nd||Metropolitan Division - 1st|
|8th||Points per Game||1st|
|7th||Shots on Goal||17th|
|7th||Goals Against per Game||1st|
An Unlikely Game Winner
The Oilers were able to bounce back from a lacklustre performance in Tampa Bay with a win in Sunrise against the Panthers. Oscar Klefbom, Zack Kassian and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins each had a goal for the Oilers, when Kris Russell put the game winner behind James Reimer midway through the third. It was Russell's first goal in over a calendar year, but it couldn't have come at a better time for the Oilers.
Tonight, the Oilers face off against Nicklas Backstrom, Alex Ovechkin, and the rest of the NHL's number one team in Washington, DC.
Let's go to the tape.
The Oilers are saying
"How badly was he hurt? Enough not to finish the game but I think it's more of a soft-tissue muscle thing than anything else."Source
That's Oilers' coach Todd McLellan on Andrej Sekera, who left early during Wednesday's win against the Panthers after taking a shot from Panthers defenceman Aaron Ekblad.
If Andrej Sekera is out for any length of time, it will immediately hit the Oilers hard. 'Soft-tissue muscle thing' doesn't sound like fun, but I'll take it over a broken bone any day of the week.
The opponents are saying
"It's a hard market. If you're a playoff team, you don't want to give up your 3 because you want your depth, just like we want to have a depth guy too. There's not many names available in that market.".
That's Capitals General Manager Brian MacLellan on his organizational depth.
Caps are in cruise control mode. When your trading deadline wish is to re-acquire Caps-era Byron DaFoe, you're doin' alright.
Have some of this
Sekera said he's good to go tonight for Oilers. Talbot in net. Larsson (lower body) still out. Said he hopes to play next game Sun at Preds— Tom Gulitti (@TomGulittiNHL) February 24, 2017
Sometimes, it works out for the better.