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NHL Notebook: Edmonton Oilers stagnant in power rankings and Jonathan Quick’s hot start in Vegas

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Zach Laing
8 months ago
The Edmonton Oilers remain stagnant in Daily Faceoff’s weekly power rankings.
Each Monday, Scott Maxwell dives into ranking each team in the NHL and this week, he had the Oilers in 7th again.

7. Edmonton Oilers

Record: 36-23-8 (.597%, 13th)
5v5 Goal Differential: +9 (t-13th)
5v5 xGF/60: 2.94 (5th)
5v5 xGA/60: 2.53 (12th)
PP xGF/60: 9.86 (3rd)
PK xGA/60: 8.21 (19th)
5v5 PDO: 100.1
Previous Week: 7th (0)
The Oilers got off to great start to the week, beating the Sabres and even coming back from down 2-0 to win 3-2 against the Bruins, but they ended on a rough note with a 7-4 loss to the Leafs that saw them blow a two-goal lead in the second period with four goals in under six minutes. McDavid continues to be insane as well, with five points on the week while setting a new single-season career high with his 124th point in just his 65th game. He now sits at 127 in 67, two away from surpassing Nikita Kucherov for the most in the salary cap era.

Quick’s hot start…

Also over at Daily Faceoff Monday was a discussion on Daily Faceoff Live about Jonathan Quick’s hot start with the Vegas Golden Knights. He’s gone 3-0 in three starts so far posting a .939 save percentage and a 1.97 GAA. He’s clearly hit the ground running, but can he keep it up?
Goaltending expert and former NHL goalie Mike McKenna dove into it:
Quick has played well. He was very good against the Canes, but he didn’t face a single odd-man rush. My metric was always for how the team was playing, what type of chances are you giving up? A lot of odd-man rushes, that was the one thing I was always worried about.
He’s not seeing a lot of that, and our friend at the Athletic Jesse Granger just posted a great article about how goalie friendly the Vegas Golden Knights are. If you look at Natural Stat Trick, they’re 24th in total chances allowed, but only 20% of those are high-danger. That’s the least in the NHL, just over 11 in a game. So, lowest-quality shot attempts by data-driven hockey. The two goalies in the league that have faced the lowest number of those are Logan Thompson and Adin Hill per 60 minutes.
So it is a very goalie-friendly place for Jonathan Quick to play, where they block a lot of shots in Vegas, and he gets to see pucks, and they tend to be from the outside. And Jonathan Quick tracks the puck well, he’s got great reflexes when he has time to react and when he can see the puck, he can still be a great goalie in the NHL.
Is it sustainable? I think it showed in LA this season that he still struggles to face a lot of different situations that he hasn’t been tested with yet with the Vegas Golden Knights, and he probably won’t a whole lot down the stretch.
You may not really see Jonathan Quick get tested a whole bunch until you get to the Stanley Cup Playoffs, because right now, his numbers are almost the same as Laurent Brossoit in three games. You look at the goalies that have all hopped in the cage for the Golden Knights, and their numbers look pretty good, even Jiri Patera last night, 30 for 33.
Quick’s played pretty well for the Golden Knights so far, and against Carolina, really good. Is it sustainable? We’re going to see. The last five years don’t say that that’s the case, but behind that system, behind what Cassidy puts in front of him, it’s a really good fit for Jonathan Quick.

Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at zach@oilersnation.com.

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