Despite the odds, the Edmonton Oilers haven’t completely lost faith. They still think that they have an outside shot of making the playoffs and after going 4-0-1 against the San Jose Sharks, Vancouver Canucks, Colorado Avalanche, Chicago Blackhawks, and Detroit Red Wings, it’s hard to blame them. The math doesn’t work in their favor, but the more immediate problem is that they’re going to be playing their next three games on the road.
“We have to go at least 2-1 on this trip to have any kind of chance,” said Ryan Whitney. “Obviously it’s going to be really tough, but if we’re going down, we’re going down with a fight.”
They certainly have been putting up a good fight, but winning two out of three road games is a tall order for a team that has a pitiful 6-18-2 record outside of the Rexall Place this season. Still, you can bet they’ll be giving it their all on Monday when the incredibly hot Sam Gagner and the Oilers face the Leafs and James Reimer, who has earned back-to-back shutouts. After that, Detroit will get a shot at revenge on Wednesday after the Oilers managed to squeeze out a victory in Saturday’s contest.
Flames keep showing life, Stars stumble once again
If you think the Dallas Stars are struggling because of defense more than anything else, then you’ll make sure to keep the video above “on file.”
There Kari Lehtonen was, helpless on a 2-on-0 rush for the Calgary Flames, which Johnny Gaudreau finished with calm and ease. For some, that goal is the symbol of the Stars’ season.
Either way, it was a painful goal in the Flames’ 2-1 win against the Stars. Calgary won despite Dallas firing 30 shots on goal versus the Flames’ 20.
One team climbing, the other stumbling
With that, the Flames are now on a four-game winning streak. Since falling to 5-10-1 on Nov. 12, the Flames have gone 9-3-1 in their last 13 games, pushing them to 14-13-2 overall. Gaudreau coming back is the icing on the cake after Chad Johnson really took charge of the Flames’ top job.
During a similar span, the Stars can’t seem to get it together. Dallas stood at 6-6-3 after beating the Oilers 3-2 on Nov. 11. They’re now 10-11-6, essentially standing in place as a .500 team.
Dallas can’t seem to get momentum going, a thought that might have left them envious of the team on the other end of the ice on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, it wasn’t just about Jack Eichel vs. Connor McDavid. Instead, it was a clash between a fleet of young scorers who were in their prime, with the Buffalo Sabres coming up on top against the Edmonton Oilers.