Draisaitl, the Oilers continue to dominate in the big win over the blues


With great subtlety, Leon Draisaitl is tearing up the National Hockey League this season.

“He’s an interesting player,” said Oilers head coach Dave Tippett after yet another three-point night for Draisaitl. “When he plays in the center, as a big forward he is a strong defender and strong faceoff. But then when he and Connor play together, it becomes more of a shooter. It’s amazing that he has all of these skills (and uses them) to play different roles in the game.

“It makes a very versatile player and a top, top player.”

“A” top player?

These days, Draisaitl is THE best player, leading the NHL with an obscene 31 points in 14 games, the latest a nice set-up for Kailer Yamamoto, who blasted the match winner home with 28 seconds left in a win for 5-4 Oilers in St. Louis.

How good has the great German been this season? Check out these stats:

    • On Sunday, Draisaitl scored a power-play goal from his favorite spot to the goalkeeper’s left and two main assists, the eighth time in 14 games this season in which he scored three or more points.
    • He tops the table by points (31) and goals (15), is one behind the advantage in assists with 16. He is third in the NHL at over-12 and is 15th in the league among regular faceoff men in percentage of engagement (55.1%). It takes four Arizona Coyotes to match his points and six ‘Yote to reach 15 goals.
    • In the last seven games, Draisaitl has scored three points in five games and two points in another, for 18 points.

“It was in an absolute tear”, he marveled Connor McDavid, who had two paltry points to hold on to second in the scoring race at 10-17-27, despite losing a point behind his linemate at times.

“If you find that soft ice, he’ll find you. You always have to be ready, “said Yamamoto.” It’s amazing. His view on the ice and McDavid’s. … They’re amazing, the way they do comedies at critical moments. “

Edmonton won a thriller in St. Louis, taking a 4-2 lead in the second half before Draisaitl called Yamamoto for the late winner. It was a win that had many contributions, and we would observe that perhaps we have never seen a goalkeeper play as well as Miko Koskinen did, and we still conceded four goals.

Here are the highlights:

Get on board

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins wasn’t sure if it was on a skein or schneid. There he is, leading the NHL with 17 assists, but with zero goals.

On Sunday he played like a demon, with eight record shots on goal. He didn’t manage an assist, but sifted through Jordan Binnington for his first goal of the year.

Then, just eight seconds later in the second period, Ryan McLeod scored his first NHL goal. He celebrated the bench of the Oilers.

“Our bench was excited for him,” McDavid said. “He works hard and doesn’t get a tone of opportunity in an offensive way, in terms of power plays and whatnot. For him, scoring a great goal for us is huge. “

“It was the most sensational I’ve seen our bench in a while,” said Yamamoto. “Really excited for him ‘”

Fight for five out of five

The Oilers are the only NHL team that averages more than four goals scored per game (4.14), and their 3.00 vs-per-game goals put them right in the middle of the pack.

It’s their five-on-five defensive game that needs work, and Tippett knows it. Only five NHL teams have conceded more goals at Edmonton’s five-on-five, a team that has often been too soft in front of their own net, especially young Evan Bouchard.

So, beating a very good Blues club in the regulations makes the conceded four goals (three evenings) a little easier to catch? Do you come off the track with a different rating than if you had given up four goals in Arizona?

“You walk out of it feeling good about a win. We found a way to win, “admitted Tippett.” But if we have won or lost, there are things we need to keep working on in our game. We are giving up too many chances and missing out on too many goals, especially five-on-five. .

“We are happy to have won. You’re happy McLeod scored a goal, Nuge scored, Yamo scored a great goal and an assist – double his points production for the year. There is a lot to be happy about, but we want to be a team that keeps improving. When there are points in your game that need improvement, that’s what we need to focus on. “

600 of the best

McDavid’s goal on a nice feed from Zach Hyman – with 0.8 seconds remaining in the opening period – was point no. 600 for the captain of the Oilers. McDavid is the sixth fastest player to score his 600th point, scoring the scorer in game # 1. 421

How lucky were the Oilers fans? Three of these players – including leader Wayne Gretzky (274), Jari Kurri (419) and McDavid – accomplished the feat in an Edmonton uniform.

“This is pretty good,” Tippett said of McDavid’s venture. “I’m happy to be able to see many of them.”


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