Ever since Connor McDavid entered the NHL, he’s been amazing. The Edmonton Oilers? Not so much. They did make the playoffs in 2017, but they missed them the next two seasons and then lost in the qualifying round in 2020. Edmonton got off to a 3-6-0 start this season too, but since then they’ve been hard to best. With a 2-1 victory over Winnipeg on Thursday, Edmonton improved to 20-13-0.
McDavid, as is so often the case, played a huge role in the Oilers victory, accounting for both of the goals. He has 20 goals and 58 points in 33 games this season. No one else is close. Teammate Leon Draisaitl has 49 points and after that Patrick Kane has 12 goals and 42 points in 31 contests. Think about that. McDavid has 38% more points than the next best non-Edmonton player. That’s an insane level of dominance over the competition.
Depth has been the main concern for the Oilers for much of McDavid’s era. He’s had Leon Draisaitl of course and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is a regular contributor too, but to use 2019-20 as an example, no one outside of those three players finished with 20 goals or 35 points. This season is shaping up to be better. The addition of Tyson Barrie has given the Oilers an elite offensive defenseman while Jesse Puljujarvi and Kailer Yamamoto are settling in as solid middle-six options. In net, Mike Smith has also more than held his own so far. There are still concerns here, but the Oilers are looking like a real playoff contender.
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NEW JERSEY 3 PITTSBURGH 2
Jack Hughes scored a goal and registered an assist. He’s up to seven goals and 16 points in 27 games.
Travis Zajac contributed the game-winning goal. It was his third marker and 11th point in 23 contests.
Scott Wedgewood stopped 40 of 42 Penguins shots. He faced a staggering 22 shots in the second period, but only allowed one goal over that span and even that one was scored during a Penguins power play.
Kris Letang assisted on both of the Penguins’ goals. He has five goals and 22 points in 29 games.
Tristan Jarry turned aside 32 of 35 shots last night. That ended his four-game winning streak. He had allowed just eight goals in total during that streak.
BOSTON 4 BUFFALO 1
David Pastrnak scored a goal and registered an assist for the Bruins. He’s up to 14 goals and 26 points in 21 games.
David Krejci assisted on three of the Bruins’ four goals. He has a goal and 16 points in 24 contests.
Jaroslav Halak stopped 23 of 24 shots on Thursday. Weirdly, the one goal he did allow was when the Sabres were shorthanded.
That Buffalo goal was scored by Kyle Okposo. It was his first goal and fifth point in 24 games.
Carter Hutton saved 33 of 37 Bruins shots. His last win came on Jan. 18.
This was the Sabres’ 13th straight loss. That could have been the headline story, but at a certain point talking about Buffalo’s struggles just gets repetitive.
PHILADELPHIA 4 NY ISLANDERS 3
Oskar Lindblom scored the first goal of the contest and later the game-winning marker. He’s up to four goals and nine points in 24 games.
Claude Giroux netted a goal and registered an assist for the Flyers. He has seven goals and 23 points in 26 contests.
Nick Leddy assisted on all of the Islanders’ goals. He has a goal and 21 points in 31 games.
Carter Hart stopped 22 of 25 Islanders shots. He’s 8-6-3 with a 3.70 GAA and .880 save percentage in 19 games.
At the other end of the ice, Semyon Varlamov saved 27 of 31 shots. He has a 13-6-3 record, 2.17 GAA, and .923 save percentage in 22 starts.
COLUMBUS 3 CAROLINA 2 (OT)
Seth Jones scored two goals, including the overtime winner. He’s up to three goals and 16 points in 31 games.
Columbus’ other goal was scored by Kevin Stenlund. It was his fifth marker and eighth point in 21 contests.
Sebastian Aho accounted for both of Carolina’s goals. That gives him 13 goals and 28 points in 29 games.
Alex Nedeljkovic stopped 25 of 28 shots last night. He has a 6-2-2 record, 2.16 GAA, and .926 save percentage in 10 start.
Joonas Korpisalo saved 25 of 27 Hurricanes shots. He improved to 8-9-5 with a 2.97 GAA and .900 save percentage in 23 contests.
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TAMPA BAY 4 CHICAGO 2
Mattias Janmark contributed a goal and an assist for Chicago. That gives him 10 goals and 18 points in 31 games.
Kevin Lankinen stopped 19 of 22 Lightning shots. He’s lost three straight games and five of his last six starts.
Victor Hedman scored a goal and registered an assist for Tampa Bay. He’s up to six goals and 29 points in 29 games.
Ross Colton accounted for the game-winning goal. It was his second marker and third point in five contests.
Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 19 of 21 shots Thursday night. He has a 19-3-1 record, 1.90 GAA, and .932 save percentage in 23 games this season.
NASHVILLE 2 FLORIDA 1
Juuse Saros stopped 40 of 41 shots last night. It was his first start since March 2 due to an upper-body injury and he certainly demonstrated that he’s healthy now.
The only player who beat Saros was Jonathan Huberdeau. He has 11 goals and 35 points in 29 games.
Both of the Predators’ goals were scored by Calle Jarnkrok. He has nine goals and 15 points in 24 contests.
Mikael Granlund registered an assist for Nashville. He has five goals and 11 points in 27 contests this season.
Sergei Bobrovsky saved 25 of 27 Predators shots. He has a 12-3-2 record, 2.90 GAA, and .906 save percentage in 17 contests.
DETROIT 3 DALLAS 2
Robby Fabbri led the Red Wings to victory with a hat trick. He has nine goals and 15 points in 22 games.
Dylan Larkin assisted on one of Fabbri’s goals. He has six goals and 16 points in 27 contests.
It wasn’t all good news for Detroit though. Jonathan Bernier stopped 22 shots in 38:32 minutes, but he had to leave the game due to a lower-body injury. Thomas Greiss stepped in and saved 16 of 18 shots the rest of the way.
At the other end of the ice, Jake Oettinger turned aside 18 of 21 shots. He has a 4-2-6 record, 2.23 GAA, and .913 save percentage in 15 games.
Roope Hintz found the back of the net for Dallas. He’s up to eight goals and 16 points in 18 contests.
EDMONTON 2 WINNIPEG 1
Connor McDavid scored a pair of goals for Edmonton. He’s up to 20 goals and 58 points in 33 games.
Tyson Barrie assisted on both of those goals. He has four markers and 30 points in 33 contests.
Mikko Koskinen stopped 24 of 25 Jets shots. He has allowed just five goals over his last three starts.
Laurent Brossoit saved 19 of 21 shots on Thursday. He has a 5-2-0 record, 2.43 GAA, and .920 save percentage in eight games.
Mathieu Perreault scored the Jets’ lone goal. It was his seventh goal and 12th point in 30 contests.
COLORADO 5 MINNESOTA 1
Mikko Rantanen led the way for the Avalanche with two goals and two assists. He’s up to 16 goals and 34 points in 28 games.
Nathan MacKinnon scored a goal and registered a pair of assists. The Avalanche forward has nine goals and 28 points in 24 contests.
Philipp Grubauer stopped 19 of 20 Wild shots. He’s extended his winning streak to five games.
Victor Rask scored Minnesota’s only goal. He’s up to seven goals and 12 points in 26 contests.
Cam Talbot saved 50 of 55 shots last night. He faced an overwhelming 25 shots in the first period and another 19 shots in the second.
ANAHEIM 3 ARIZONA 2 (OT)
Adam Henrique scored the overtime winner. He has eight goals and 14 points in 27 contests.
Jamie Drysdale also found a goal and an assist for the Ducks. That’s quite the NHL debut.
Ryan Miller stopped 23 of 25 Coyotes shots. He bounced back nicely after allowing seven goals in his previous start on Tuesday.
Conor Garland scored a goal and registered an assist for Arizona. That gives him nine goals and 24 points in 29 contests.
Adin Hill turned aside 28 of 31 shots Thursday night. He has a 1-4-0 record, 2.78 GAA, and .908 save percentage in five games.
Published: 2021-03-19 06:09:32
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