Monday, October 25

Oilers look to offense in rematch with Maple Leafs

The Edmonton Oilers need a shakeup after being eliminated in back-to-back games against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Oilers bet on a better result Wednesday when the teams meet once more in Edmonton.

The Oilers followed up Saturday’s 4-0 loss to the Maple Leafs with a 3-0 loss two days later. They are looking for answers to get their game back on track.

“I think we’ve had our chances,” said Leon Draisaitl of Edmonton. “The puck isn’t bouncing our way properly, but you have to win those rebounds and we haven’t been.”

Draisaitl and captain Connor McDavid missed a point in consecutive games for the first time since the beginning of the 2019-20 season. To cope, the greasers are doing their best to stay optimistic.

“Everybody goes through problems like this. It happened to us last year … These things happen and you have to work to get out of them,” McDavid said. “We are playing against a good team, and they won two and we lost two. Ultimately, we have to find a way to get a victory … however, we have to.”

Defender Darnell Nurse said: “We are not going to get into this room. The two games have not gone as we wanted, but what are we going to do? We know that we are a good team, capable of winning hockey games against any team in this field. league. That’s the mentality we have to keep. “

The Maple Leafs recorded consecutive shutouts against the same team for the first time since defeating the Detroit Red Wings twice in November 1954. They are off to their best start in franchise history with 17 wins in the first 23 games (17- 4-2). What makes it all the more impressive is that they’ve been without their top goalkeeper Frederik Andersen and top scorer Auston Matthews for the last few games.

“It’s been really healthy for us,” said coach Sheldon Keefe. “Obviously, we want our people to come back here. We are a stronger group when we are healthy, but it is a very good sign that a victory can still be obtained, especially here on the road against a very good team.”

Michael Hutchinson replaced Jack Campbell and stopped 31 shots in his appearance.

“Every time you get a shutout in the NHL, it’s a special moment,” Hutchinson said. “They don’t happen too often. It was really fun to see (Campbell) get a shutout in the last game and come out of injury and play well. To me, I thought the guys fought and played hard in front of me all night tonight. .and made my job as easy as possible. “

The Maple Leafs have been held back in recent years due to their defensive play, but they have shown great improvement in that area. In fact, they are a team in the top five in terms of goals against per game.

“When you play the same team in this miniseries, it’s hard to beat a team twice in a row,” Hutchinson added. “For us to go out and fight like we did and get the result that we got, it was huge.”

The Oilers will be without forward Alex Chiasson, who was suspended for a game Tuesday after a cross-check to the face of Toronto’s Jimmy Vesey late in Monday’s game.

– Field level media

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