Edmonton Oilers (34-34-9) (5th, Pacific)
Anaheim Ducks (32-37-10) (7th, Pacific)
8 PM MST
TV: Sportsnet One
Radio: 630 CHED
ONE IS NOT ENOUGH
After an eight goal outburst that saw both Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Leon Draisaitl pick up hat tricks, the Oilers got out to a two goal lead against Dallas on Thursday. Leon picked up his 100th point when he scored his 47th goal of the season, while Connor McDavid made it 40 goals on the year early in the second period.
That would be all the goals for the Oilers. Unfortunately for them, Dallas would keep in it with a goal from Alexander Radulov and one from Miro Heiskanen in the third. Dallas would push it to a shootout where Jamie Benn would cash in two points after five rounds.
The Oilers will host the Anaheim Ducks at eight bells this evening. Can the Oilers crank out two points tonight?
Let’s go to the tape.
The Oilers are saying
When he scored that goal, you just have to laugh. You don’t see that every day. It was definitely something special. He does everything at top speed. As a D-man, you are so thankful he is on your team and not embarrassing you.
That’s Oilers defenceman Matt Benning on Connor McDavid’s 40th goal of the season.
One day, the Edmonton Oilers will be back in the playoffs again. Until then, there’s McDavid being spectacular. I wonder if he does the mundane tasks as effortlessly as this sort of thing. Just another goal.
The Ducks are saying
We didn’t take care of the puck that well, especially in the neutral zone. If you’re not getting the puck out and not getting it deep, it feeds their transition and they’re a really good transition team. Their D can move the puck really well and obviously their forwards are good on the rush.
That’s Ducks forward Devin Shore on the Calgary Flames’ defence.
The Ducks got housed the the Flames by a 6-1 margin last night at the Dome. Woof.
HAVE SOME OF THIS
- Connor McDavid is just seven points behind Nikita Kucherov in this year’s scoring race. I think Kucherov will hold his lead, but imagine if McDavid absorbs seven points in two games? It’s not even close to being crazy. Ducks are on the tail end of a back-to-back, and the Oilers could be nice and do the deed tonight like they did against LA a few nights ago.
- WE’RE NEVER GONNA SCORE, BEAVIS: The Oilers have had troubles putting the puck in the net this year, but the Ducks? Yikes. Worse than the Oilers, Sabres, Devils and the Kings. Their 2.32 goals against average is good for last in the league. 3.09 goals against per game is good for 20th in the league.
- STILL NOT GONNA SCORE: Ryan Kesler leads the Ducks in scoring with 47 points. Is that right? Yes. Our satellite office in Wetaskiwin is confirming that the Ducks have just two skaters with more than 40 points (Kesler, Adam Henrique). Think Oilers, but without Connor McDavid or Leon Draisaitl and only Alex Chiasson. Yeeeesh.
- NET GAINS: Mikko Koskinen (24-18-6, .908 SV% / 2.87 GAA / 4 SO) should go for the Oilers tonight, while the Ducks are likely to trot out John Gibson (24-22-8, .915 SV% / 2.89 GAA / 2 SO)
- SICK BAY: Jujhar Khaira (foot) is day-to-day for the Oilers. Ryan Kesler, Ryan Getzlaf, Nick Ritchie, and Brendan Guhle are all day-to-day for Anaheim.