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Edmonton Oilers Open Thread: It’s A Blast

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It’s been a pretty good weekend for the Oilers.

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  • The Oilers led the Pacific after their dramatic 3-2 overtime victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday Night. Connor McDavid connected with Leon Draisaitl shortly after Anaheim’s Ryan Getzlaf blew a tire in the Oiler zone. I don’t like to use words like ‘magical’ to describe an experience, but that goal felt pretty damn good.
  • Edmonton’s jaunt atop the Pacific was short-lived, as the Ducks took care of the Flames last night in regulation. Anaheim and Edmonton each have 40 regulation wins on the season, and the first tiebreaker after total points is regulation/overtime wins (ROW). In other words, the Oilers have a decent chance at winning the Pacific Division if they go three of four to close out the season. The Ducks next three games? Calgary, Chicago, Los Angeles.
  • CENTURY CLUB? Connor McDavid has 94 points (!) on the season with four games to go. His assist on Leon Draisaitl’s overtime winner was his 69th assist on the season. This club plays Vancouver twice in the next four games. I’m just sayin’.
  • NEON LEON: Seven points (3-4-7) over the last five games played, including that game winner against Anaheim. Has 74 points on the season (28-46-74). A 30 goal season is certainly on the table for Leon.
  • TAL-BOT: Cam Talbot tied Grant Fuhr’s Oiler record of 40 wins in a season with Edmonton’s 3-2 OT victory against the Ducks on Saturday. Fuhr’s 40 wins came back in 1987-88. Talbot will have a real good shot at becoming the sole owner of that record if his usual workload continues.
  • LUCIC: Prior to his power play goal that tied the game on Saturday, Lucic had just one point in his last five games. His power play goal couldn’t have come at a better time.
  • JUMBO JOE: The Sharks caught what could potentially be a very bad break last night as Joe Thornton collided with Vancouver’s Michael Chaput. Thornton left the ice on his own, but didn’t appear to put anything on his left leg.
  • FINALLY: Oilers are 9-1 in their last ten, which is great. A run of the table would see them finish with 105 points, which I can hardly type because it’s about 20 points more than I had them at around September. The Oilers face off against Los Angeles tomorrow night.