The Ottawa Senators are back at it, dropping another game to the Edmonton Oilers on Friday night.
That means the Oilers are 7-0 over the Senators this season, with Friday’s 6-2 win the latest stanza in a song that doesn’t want to end.
Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl blasted the Senators once more and have a combined 31 points against Ottawa this season.
For the Oilers, it’s another step on the comeback trail of sorts. The Friday victory was their fourth straight since dropping three straight to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
“It’s big,” McDavid said. “A lot was made obviously last week with what happened with Toronto and we found a way to get those points back. It doesn’t matter who you’re playing, it’s not easy to beat them three times so credit to our group.”
The win vaulted the Oilers into second in the North, holding an 18-11-0 record that sticks them four points behind the Maple Leafs going into Saturday’s action.
The Oilers have scored two more goals than Toronto, but have allowed 85 goals against in contrast to the Maple Leafs’ 70.
For Edmonton, their best players have been their best players. McDavid blew the doors off the place Friday with a goal and two assists, crossing the 50-point range. That made him the first player to crack the big five-oh this season. Draisaitl isn’t far behind with 44 points in 29 games, while Chicago’s Patrick Kane’s been surging for 40 points in 28 games.
The Senators have struggled to find scoring and you will not find one of them among the league’s best. Thomas Chabot leads the team with 20 points in 27 games, while Drake Batherson is second with 19 points in 30 games.
Without wins over the Senators this season, the Oilers would be 11-11-0 over the rest of the North Division and could stand to pick up the slack down the stretch. But most teams have been dunking on Ottawa, in fairness, with only a few spoilers distributed over the course of this truncated season.
Edmonton’s 6-2 win against the Senators on Friday came after a 7-1 drubbing Wednesday, spelling more nightmares for Ottawa as they’ve dropped three straight. They’re are 4-6-0 in their last 10 games but 9-20-1 this season and the downward spiral shows no signs of slowing.
The Oilers enter the weekend in time to tangle with the struggling Vancouver Canucks, another team that should grant them an easy W.
The Senators draw the Maple Leafs on Sunday before hosting the Canucks for two.
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