|25-26-11, 61 points, .982 p/g||Ranks||31-22-9, 78 points, 1.132 p/g|
|Atlantic Division - 8th||Pacific Division - 3rd|
|25th||Points per Game||9th|
|25th||Shots on Goal||9th|
|26th||Goals Against per Game||9th|
After The Deadline
The Oilers emerged from the trade deadline with a couple new forwards, one less defenceman and no new goalies. Montréal sent forward David Desharnais to the Oilers for defenceman Brandon Davidson. Edmonton also sent Bakersfield's top scorer in Taylor Beck to the Rangers in exchange for winger Justin Fontaine. We're likely to see Desharnais make his Oilers debut tonight as the Oilers will host the Red Wings for their first in an eight-game homestand.
After ending their six game road trip at 3-3, the Oilers must continue to put their foot to the gas pedal to ensure there's more hockey after the regular season. Can they make quick work of the Detroit Red Wings tonight?
Let's go to the tape.
The Oilers are saying
"There had been a lot of discussion, between myself and Marc Bergevin over the last few weeks...We felt we needed some depth down the middle and we thought it would give our coach some flexibility, he likes to move his forwards around. So we looked at a lot of different players, and this is a player that you check a lot of the boxes with him. He's got experience, he's got playoff experience, he's a very smart player, smart without the puck and I'd seen a lot of him in Ottawa and a lot of him in Boston."Source
That's Oilers' General Manager Peter Chiarelli on newly acquired forward David Desharnais.
Out of all the centres I had in mind, I didn't see Chiarelli swinging out East to grab Desharnais. Desharnais has been limited to ten points (3-7-10) in 31 games this year partly due to a knee injury. He was a healthy scratch in six of his last eight games in Montreal. Still, he's an actual NHL player that will give McLellan the opportunity to keep Leon Draisaitl alongside Connor McDavid for the duration of the year.
Desharnais will wear number 13 for the Oilers, a number previously bestowed upon Former Oiler Greats Cam Barker and Mike Brown.
The opponents are saying
"I believe we'll make the playoffs because of Henrik Zetterberg."
That's Detroit head coach Jeff Blashill, who apparently hasn't looked at the standings in about four months.
Detroit will miss the playoffs for the first time in a quarter-century.
Have some of this
- Calgary's 3-2 overtime victory over Detroit puts them right behind the Oilers, although the Oilers have a game in hand. The Oilers have an excellent chance to widen that gap to four points with a victory against Detroit tonight.