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Preview: Blues vs. Edmonton

Preview: Blues vs. Edmonton



When, where: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Enterprise Center.

TV, radio: FSM, WXOS (101.1 FM).

About the Oilers: Edmonton (19-13-4) has been at or near the top of the Pacific Division much of the season, but is slumping lately. Before their 2-1 victory Monday in Dallas, the Oilers had won only two of their previous nine games (2-6-1). Defense was the problem, with Edmonton allowing four or more goals in all six of those losses.

Connor McDavid (20 goals, 39 assists) and Leon Draisaitl (21 goals, 36 assists) are first and second in the NHL in points. But overall, the Oilers rank a pedestrian 19th in scoring (2.94 goals a game). By comparison, the Blues are 15th (3.06 goals per game). Secondary scoring remains an issue: the Oilers have only six players with more than four goals.

The Oilers are excellent on special teams, with the NHL’s best power play (31.5 percent) and fifth-best penalty-killing unit (84.4 percent). They have scored a power play goal in eight straight games, their longest streak since 1999.

Jim Thomas

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