The Edmonton Oilers do not have much room to breathe if they want to keep their good start of the season and stay in the playoff position, but they showed that they are not taking their feet off the accelerator with a solid performance in a 4-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Friday.
"There were some guys who got on the board that were excited to do so, " Oilers head coach Dave Tippett said.
It was a significant victory, beyond just limiting a losing streak at two, as Friday's win produced the team's most decorated scoresheet of the season: Eight players, excluding Connor McDavid, combined for 12 points on Friday.
Chiasson was relieved to finally be a contributor, getting his first goal of the season after netting 22 for the Oilers past year.
"Contributions from different guys", he said. Koskinen enters with a 5-1-1 overall record to go along with a 2.46 GAA and.917 save percentage in seven starts.
Kyle Palmieri, Taylor Hall, and the New Jersey Devils will do battle against J.T. Miller, Elias Pettersson, and the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena in an East-West showdown. "Any kind of let up and a couple of bad shifts and it ends up in the back of your net. But that can happen, especially on the road, especially against a team that are playing pretty risky right now and we didn't seem to have an answer for that in the second period".
While the Devils controlled most of that period, aside from the early goal with a few good chances to score, the Oilers took over in the second half of the period, and the rest of the game. Sprung on a breakaway by Nugent-Hopkins, Draisaitl nettled his team-high 14th goal with a backhanded shot.
The Oilers added to their lead with four minutes left in the second. That's exactly how he ended up with his second National Hockey League goal on Friday: beating out P.K. Subban in a net battle to deflect in a Matt Benning point shot. That was worth it as it helped James Neal's 12th goal of the season and also scored in the men's lead for his first goal since April 6. Edmonton has converted on 27.1 percent of their power-play opportunities, which ranks second in the National Hockey League.
NOTES: It was the second and final game between the clubs this season, with Edmonton winning the first 4-3 in a shootout.
It was one of the rare games this season that the Edmonton Oilers didn't need their top line in full force to earn a win.
New Jersey comes in scoring only 2.85 goals per game (19th in the NHL) and allowing 3.69 goals per contest (29th in the NHL). Defenseman Sami Vatanen left the game after a collision in the first period and didn't return.
With the Oilers the team is going to look to get their offense back on track and that is possible in this game as the Oilers are facing the Devils and most likely will face the Devils back up goalie.
Sent to Bakersfield after five games at the National Hockey League level, Haas was called up a couple of weeks ago and appears to be finding his stride over this recent stretch here with a goal in two of his last three games.
Devils Injuries: Jesper Bratt: day to day (upper body).