The Anaheim Ducks won on Tuesday. The Edmonton Oilers did not.
And that has put the Ducks four points up on the Oilers for the Pacific Division lead in the final week of the regular season. Edmonton still has a game in hand.
While the Ducks were involved in a nasty contest with the Calgary Flames, the Oilers were on the wrong end of a 6-4 result against the L.A. Kings.
The Kings struggled down the stretch drive to score goals and that problem ultimately cost them a playoff spot. But against the Oilers, they suddenly erupted offensively, erasing a two-goal deficit and then completely taking over in the third period.
“Nobody’s not trying, it’s just a matter of cleaning things up and I’m pretty confident in this group that’s going to happen,” added Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, who scored a beautiful goal for his second of the night and 18th of the season.
The Oilers play the San Jose Sharks on Thursday. They wrap up their schedule with a home-and-home series against the Canucks over the weekend.