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The Edmonton Oilers are well on their way to making the playoffs and a big part of that has been their complete domination of the Ottawa Senators. Playing the Senators for the ninth and final time in 2020-21, Edmonton earned a 3-1 victory to cap their season series at an incredible 9-0-0.
To give how impactful that is some context, if you cancel out all Oilers versus Senators games, then Edmonton would be 16-14-2 this season while Ottawa would be 13-15-4. In other words, the gap between how Edmonton and Ottawa did against the rest of the competition in the North Division isn’t huge and how completely one-sided that series has done a lot to define their respective campaigns.
As for their latest victory, it was a somewhat unusual one for Edmonton. Leon Draisaitl was held off the scoresheet and Connor McDavid was limited to an assist, but the Oilers got goals from Jesse Puljujarvi, Devin Shore, and Kailer Yamamoto. Having that supporting cast step up will be critical for the Oilers in the postseason. Mike Smith also made 39 saves, continuing his impressive 2020-21 campaign.
Edmonton holds the second seed in the North Division, though only six points separate first and third place so the battle for playoff positioning is still taking place.
NEW JERSEY 6 BUFFALO 3
Jack Hughes scored a goal and registered two assists. The New Jersey forward has eight goals and 20 points in 38 contests.
Janne Kuokkanen also had a goal and two assists for the Devils. He’s up to six goals and 19 points in 33 games.
Aaron Dell stopped 24 of 27 Sabres shots. He has a 1-2-0 record, 3.49 GAA, and .880 save percentage in four contests.
At the other end of ice, Linus Ullmark saved 32 of 37 shots. That snapped his three-game winning streak.
Jeff Skinner netted a goal for Buffalo. It was his fourth goal and sixth point in 36 games.
NY ISLANDERS 3 PHILADELPHIA 2 (SO)
Ilya Sorokin stopped 25 of 27 shots in regulation time. He was perfect in five shootout rounds to get the extra point.
Nelson also found the back of the net at 6:10 of the first period. He has 15 goals and 24 points in 40 games.
The Islanders’ other goal was scored by Jordan Eberle. He’s up to 14 goals and 26 points in 40 contests.
Jakub Voracek contributed a goal for Philadelphia. He has seven goals and 32 points in 36 games.
PITTSBURGH 5 NY RANGERS 2
Tristan Jarry was chased by the Rangers on Tuesday, but he got his revenge last night. He saved 22 of 24 shots to earn his fourth victory in his last five games.
Evan Rodrigues scored the game-winning goal and registered an assist. That gives him five goals and 10 points in 24 games.
Jason Zucker also had a goal and an assist for the Penguins. He has six goals and 10 points in 22 contests.
One of the two Rangers goals were scored by Colin Blackwell. It was his 11th goal and 16th point in 30 games.
Igor Shesterkin turned aside 27 of 31 Penguins shots. He has a 10-9-2 record, 2.44 GAA, and .921 save percentage in 22 games.
BOSTON 4 WASHINGTON 2
Brad Marchand scored the game-winning goal and registered an assist. He’s up to 19 goals and 47 points in 35 games.
Boston also got a goal and an assist for Craig Smith. He has seven goals and 19 points in 36 contests.
T.J. Oshie found the back of the net and registered an assist for Washington. He has 12 goals and 29 points in 39 games in 2020-21.
Ilya Samsonov stopped 28 of 32 shots on Thursday. He allowed two goals on a staggering 17 shots in the first period.
At the other end of the ice, Jeremy Swayman saved 31 of 33 shots. The rookie goaltender improved to 2-0-0 with a 2.01 GAA and .947 save percentage.
CAROLINA 3 FLORIDA 0
Alex Nedeljkovic earned a 24-save shutout. It was his third shutout of the season and his second in the span of just five starts. He’s 9-4-2 with a 1.98 GAA and .928 save percentage in 15 starts.
Carter Verhaeghe fired a team-high six shots against Nedeljkovic. Verhaeghe has 17 goals and 35 points in 41 games.
Sebastian Aho scored the first and therefore game-winning goal. It was his 16th goal and 37th point in 39 games.
Vincent Trocheck had a goal and an assist for Carolina. He’s up to 16 goals and 33 points in 30 contests.
Chris Driedger stopped 19 of 21 Panthers shots. He has an 11-5-2 record, 2.05 GAA, and .930 save percentage in 18 contests.
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TAMPA BAY 6 COLUMBUS 4
Ryan McDonagh scored a pair of goals for the Lightning. He’s up to four goals and 11 points in 36 games.
Yanni Gourde assisted on four of the Lightning’s six goals. That gives him 13 goals and 27 points in 40 games.
Columbus got a goal and two assists from Jack Roslovic. He has eight goals and 27 points in 34 contests.
At the other end of the ice, Andrei Vasilevskiy turned aside 32 of 36 shots. He has 24-6-1 record, 2.06 GAA, and .929 save percentage in 31 starts.
WINNIPEG 4 MONTREAL 2
Nikolaj Ehlers scored the game-winning goal. He’s up to 16 goals and 39 points in 40 games.
Josh Morrissey also scored a goal for the Jets. It was his third goal and 18th point in 40 contests.
Connor Hellebuyck stopped 36 of 38 shots last night. He improved to 19-10-3 with a 2.53 GAA and .920 save percentage in 32 starts.
Both of Montreal’s goals were assisted on by Jesperi Kotkaniemi. He has five goals and 19 points in 37 games.
Jake Allen saved 23 of 26 Jets shots. He was beaten three times on nine shots in the first period.
EDMONTON 3 OTTAWA 1
Devin Shore scored the game-winning goal. He has four goals and eight points in 27 games.
Jesse Puljujarvi also found the back of the net for Edmonton. He’s up to nine goals and 15 points in 40 contests.
Ottawa’s lone goal was scored by Connor Brown. It was his 12th goal and 22nd point in 41 games.
Anton Forsberg saved 20 of 22 Oilers shots. He’s 1-2-1 with a 3.00 GAA and .918 save percentage in four starts.
Mike Smith stopped 39 of 40 shots last night. He has a 14-3-2 record, 2.34 GAA, and .922 save percentage in 21 contests.
NASHVILLE 7 DETROIT 1
Viktor Arvidsson led the Predators with a hat trick. He has eight goals and 21 points in 40 contests.
Erik Haula scored the game-winning goal and registered an assist. That gives him four goals and 13 points in 39 games.
Juuse Saros saved 25 of 26 Red Wings shots. He improved to 13-7-0 with a 2.19 GAA and .930 save percentage in 23 games.
Detroit’s only goal was scored by Darren Helm. That marker came at 1:48 of the second period and briefly gave the Red Wings a 1-0 lead before everything started to fall apart for them.
Jonathan Bernier turned aside 25 of 32 shots on Thursday. He allowed three goals on 10 shots in the second period.
DALLAS 5 CHICAGO 1
Roope Hintz scored a goal and registered three assists to lead the Stars to victory. He’s up to 12 goals and 28 points in 27 games.
Blake Comeau netted a pair of goals for Dallas. That gives him three goals and 13 points in 33 games.
Anton Khudobin stopped 38 of 39 Blackhawks shots. He has an 8-9-4 record, 2.40 GAA, and .912 save percentage in 21 contests last night.
Dominik Kubalik scored Chicago’s only marker. He has 14 goals and 29 points in 41 games.
Kevin Lankinen saved 29 of 34 shots last night. He was beaten three times on 14 shots in the second frame.