Ralph Krueger looked to pull all the right strings last night as the Edmonton Oilers downed the St. Louis Blues at home 3-0, returning the favor from Saturday as they were beaten by the same score by the Blues at Rexall Place.
He re-united Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins which proved to be the magic formula, at least on Tuesday night, as the top line scored all three goals and combined for eight points in the win. They were in fact the only Oilers to register a point in the game.
Eberle had his first three-point night of the year with two goals and a helper, Hall had a goal and two assists and RNH added two assists.
Nikolai Khabibulin was the other major story of the game, posting his first shutout of the season, making 43 saves in the process and was stellar all night. Despite the Blues putting up a season-high in shots, Khabibulin kept the door shut, especially in a second period that was dominated by the Blues where he made 21 stops in the frame, including stuffing a pair of breakaways.
The win gives the Oilers 31 points, which puts them three points out of the playoffs at the moment, although they do not move up drastically and are sitting in 12th place in the conference for now.