GDB 14.0 Wrap Up: Oilers score four to kick off Kris Knoblauch era with win over Islanders

Connor McDavid Leon Draisaitl
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Ryley Delaney
7 months ago
Play La Bamba, baby. The Oilers are so back.
On Monday evening, Edmonton hosted the New York Islanders, beating them 4-1. Furthermore, this brings the Oilers record to 4-9-1. For the early standing watchers, they are still second last in the Pacific Division, but are only six points back of a wild card position.
Let’s take a look at the Oilersnation’s Player of the Game, as well as things worth mentioning.

Oilersnation’s Player of the Game: Leon Draisatil

The German centre needed this game in a big way.
Draisaitl opened the scoring for Edmonton, beating Sorokin’s far side on the rush. He also picked up three assists, one on Zach Hyman’s goal, one on Connor McDavid’s goal, and one on Evander Kane’s fourth goal of the season via the empty net.
This was Draisaitl’s first goal since the Vancouver game on November 6, and the first non-flukey goal since the third game of the season against Nashville on October 17.
Draisaitl leads Edmonton in points, scoring six goals on the season while also putting up 18 points in 14 games.


Things worth mentioning:

Connor McDavid had never been held pointless in four straight games since joining the Erie Otters as a 15-year-old in 2012-13. He got an assist on Zach Hyman’s power play goal in the third period, while also scoring on a rush. McDavid is now a point per game, with two points on Monday.
Zach Hyman continues his hot stretch, scoring his fourth goal in the past two games. There wasn’t a big time for his eighth goal of the season and his 14th point of the season. Of course, it came within five feet of the goal.
Stuart Skinner by far had his best game of the season, saving 32 shots on 33 attempts for a .970 save percentage. This was Skinner’s second straight game with a save percentage above .900, as he saved 17 shots on 18 attempts for a .944 save percentage. The Oilers need more of these games from Skinner.
Kris Knoblauch picked up his first win as an NHL coach on Monday in his first attempt. As a coach in the American Hockey League, the 45-year-old had a 119-90-32 record in 241 games before coaching his first NHL on Monday.
Dylan Holloway had his best game of the season on Saturday evening, but took a tumble into the boards and missed the rest of the game on Monday. Hopefully, it’s not a long-term injury, as the Oilers are already missing Mattias Janmark and Connor Brown.
This was the first time the Oilers won at Rogers Place, and their first two-game win streak of the season. They’ll be back in action on Wednesday, November 15 as they take on the Seattle Kraken.

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