GDB 31.0 Wrap Up: Oilers rally for win in New York, head into Christmas break with back-to-back wins

Ryley Delaney
5 months ago
Don’t let Edmonton get going in the third period.
The Oilers were trailing 1-0 heading into the third, similar to how they were trailing by one on Thursday when they faced the New Jersey Devils. Zach Hyman broke the shutout, Evander Kane put the Oilers on top, and Warren Foegele and Ryan McLeod added insurance all within the span of about seven minutes. 
Back-to-back wins on the road, that’s exactly how you’d like to go into the Christmas break. 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: Warren Foegele

Edmonton’s bottom six depth hasn’t been consistent this season, but the team has been getting contributions from depth players lately. Foegele scored his fifth goal of the season with a nice shot, beating Quick’s blocker.
Foegele would later add an assist on Ryan McLeod’s goal, leaving him with a total of five goals and 13 points in 31 games this season.

Things worth mentioning:

Ryan McLeod scored what wound up being the game-winner, which was his third goal in two days. He also picked up an assist on Foegele’s goal, which gives him five goals and 11 points in 31 games after a rough start to the season where he missed preseason action. Glad to have McLeod back.
Evander Kane got off the snide with his 13th goal of the season. The 32-year-old power forward most recently scored on December 10, and before that, November 28 after scoring plenty of goals in a short stretch. Kane needs to get going as soon as possible.
Zach Hyman picked up his 19th goal of the season. He’s been money for the Oilers this season, as he has 19 goals and 31 assists in 30 games. Hyman is tied for fourth in goals in the league.
Connor McDavid’s point streak ended in the first game of this road trip, but he has a goal and two assists in the past two games. He now has 44 points on the season, which is fourth in the league and 13 points behind Nikita Kucherov. It’ll be hard to make up that ground, but if anyone can do it, it’d be McDavid. He also should’ve had a goal on the empty net, but oh well.
Stuart Skinner had a good game for the first time in three games, allowing three goals on 34 shots for a .912 save percentage. It’s worth mentioning that he was 0.1 seconds away from allowing just two goals on 33 shots, which would’ve been a .939 save percentage. With that being said, he made some huge stops that kept it a 1-0 game heading into the third when the Oilers took over.
Edmonton returns to action on December 28 against the San Jose Sharks at 8:30 PM MT. Edmonton’s 31 points put them ahead of the Seattle Kraken, but they are still behind the Minnesota Wild (32), Calgary Flames (33), St. Louis Blues (33), and Arizona Coyotes (36).

Happy Holidays, and let’s go Oilers!

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