Blues vs. Oilers
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Rogers Place, Edmonton, Alberta.
TV, radio: FSM, WXOS (101.1 FM).
About the Oilers: They have missed the playoffs 12 of the past 13 seasons, but are off to a 10-4-2 start. One big difference so far is defense. They are sixth in defense so far this season, yielding 2.50 goals per game, after finishing 25th a year ago (3.31).
There were only eight players in the NHL with 10 or more goals entering Tuesday’s games, and the Oilers had two of them — Leon Draisaitl with 13 and James Neal with 11. Draisaitl, with 13 assists, was third in NHL points, with 27. After scoring only seven goals all last season with Calgary, Neal is looking more like the player who scored 25 for Stanley Cup runner-up Vegas two years ago.
Neal has been the major force on the league’s third-rated power play (26.7 percent), accounting for eight of the team’s 12 power-play goals. And, oh yeah, Connor McDavid plays for the Oilers. He was fourth in the league in scoring, with 24 points on seven goals and 17 assists.