Apparently the Chicago Blackhawks are the best team in the Western Conference.
I guess the Edmonton Oilers or Calgary Flames didn’t get the memo.
On Saturday night, the Oilers started as the Flames left off Friday night, dominating the Blackhawks in every capacity possible.
For the first time since 1992, the Oilers scored nine times in a game, in an amazing 9-2 victory over Chicago at Rexall Place.
It will take me a little while to go through all the Oilers that dominated the game offensively. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had five assists. Taylor Hall notched a hat trick. Tom Gilbert and Jordan Eberle each had a goal and three assists. Shawn Horcoff had a goal and two assists, and Jeff Petry had three assists.
The Oilers’ offensive explosion put a stop to the team’s four game losing streak and put them back into a playoff spot in the Western Conference at 10-7-2, tied with the St. Louis Blues for seventh.
The Oilers also had remarkable defensive performances from Theo Peckham and Petry, who were each a +5. With the long term ankle injuries to Cam Barker and Corey Potter, Peckham and Petry will be counted on substantially.
The next game for the Oilers is Monday in Dallas. Like the Oilers, the Stars have struggled lately after a quick start, and have lost five straight themselves. The loss of Alex Goligoski, who is out a month with a broken thumb, is a significant loss for the Stars.