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GAME PREVIEW: Edmonton Oilers vs. Washington Capitals

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Oilers look to break scoring draught against a tough customer from the East

NHL: Washington Capitals at Calgary Flames
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Edmonton Oilers (7-2-1) vs

Washington Capitals (7-2-2)

24 October 2019

Rogers Place

700 PM MST

TV: Sportsnet One

Radio: 630 CHED

SB Nation Opponent: Japers’ Rink

NO POINTS

A pair of goals from Eric Staal and another from former Oiler Brad Hunt did the deed, as the Oilers failed to score a goal in their 3-0 loss to Minnesota on Tuesday night. Minnesota did all of their damage in the first period, and the Oilers looked listless throughout the game. Devan Dubnyk and Alex Stalock split a shutout after Dubnyk had to be relieved due to injury. Goals are at premium right now, as the Oilers have gone two straight games without netting at least one.

Back at home, Edmonton faces a tall order as the Capitals are in town. Can the Oilers change their luck tonight?

Let’s go to the tape.

The Oilers are saying

It’s hard to win every game. You’ve got teams, especially you look at the last two teams we played, the last three teams played, they’re all desperate to try get themselves back in the race even early. We’ve had a pretty good start, but when you play a desperate team, you better play desperate yourself, and we didn’t have the juice in our tank or gas in our tank to do that. We got behind early and just chased it the whole game.

Source

That’s Oilers head coach Dave Tippett on his club’s 3-0 defeat at the hands of the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night.

Coach is right, it’s hard to win every game. It’s going to be a tough one when you can’t score any goals. They’ve gone over two complete games without a goal, and something’s got to give before too long.

The Capitals are saying

When we execute on that identity we just kind of take over parts of games like we’ve seen this year. The more we grow the more we learn. Just keep stretching those great stretches in any given game or period out. It’s a good formula. We’re a dangerous team when we’re doing the right things.

Source

That’s Capitals defenceman John Carlson after his club’s 5-3 win over Calgary on Tuesday.

John Carlson is just tearing it up on the scoresheet right now. He’s just the fourth defenceman in NHL history to score 20 points in the month of October.

LINES

HAVE SOME OF THIS

  • With zero goals scored in two games, there’s got to be some movement in the lineup. Sam Gagner getting in is about six games overdue. The amount of supporting players who have zero points at this time is a definite cause for concern.
  • JUST GETTING READY: It’s been three games without a point for Connor McDavid. I know, take a minute. This sort of thing has happened just one other time before, it’s just a matter of time before he finds a few points.
  • The Capitals are doing just fine, thanks. Not only is John Carlson rocking with 20 points, your usual suspects are right behind him. Alex Ovechkin (7-5-12), T.J. Oshie (7-3-10) and Nicklas Backstrom (2-7-9) are holding up the fort just fine. The Capitals are third overall in goals scored per game at 3.73. For contrast, the Oilers rank tied for 13th at 3.00.
  • NET GAINS: If we’re following Tippet’s goalie circus, Mikko Koskinen will likely go tonight (4-0-0, .934 SV% / 2.21 GAA). Look for Braden Holtby (4-1-2, .884 SV% / 3.60 GAA).
  • SICK BAY: The Oilers are without Adam Larsson (fibula). Joel Persson is skating today, though he may not be ready yet. Joakim Nygard is out week-to-week (ribs). For the Capitals, Richard Panik is week-to-week with an upper body injury.