Are The Edmonton Oilers Finally Starting To Put It Together?
The Edmonton Oilers used an offensive surge and a solid performance from goaltender Devan Dubnyk to get their second consecutive win on Tuesday night, as they handed the Columbus Blue Jackets a 7-0 defeat. The Oilers got a 4-2 win over the Calgary Flames on Saturday, and used goals from Jordan Eberle, Ryan Smyth and a pair of tallies from David Perron to chase last season’s Vezina Trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky early in the second period. The seven goals was a season high for the Oilers and the first time since Oct. 12 that they had scored more than four.
The addition of Perron continues to be a good one for the Oilers, and he now leads the team with seven goals in 19 games. Hall’s goal was his first in five games, while Eberle scored for the second straight game. The Oilers converted three of their four power play chances on the night, and in addition to Perron, Eberle and Smyth, Nail Yakupov and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins finished the game with two or more points. Seeing Yakupov finally get going is a good sign for the Oilers, and after struggling at the start of the season the former top pick has three goals in the last five games. Another positive note for Edmonton was defenseman Justin Schultz’s second goal of the season, coming in his first game back from a groin injury.
Dubnyk has had a rough go of things this season, but it appears the pressure of having Ilya Bryzgalov in the fold is helping him play better. A goaltending battle that leads to two potential starters certainly won’t hurt this team as they try and get things back on track, and if their offense can keep delivering it will matter less and less who’s between the pipes.