WAHINGTON, DC - There is no question about it. Zack Kassian, Kyle Brodziak and Jujhar Khaira have been playing their best hockey of the young season recently.
After an effective game against the Nashville Predators on Oct. 27, the team's so-called fourth line was finally rewarded offensively on the following night against the Blackhawks. Zack Kassian buried the game's tying goal 18:26 into the opening frame - his first goal of the season.
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Over the last four games, Jujhar Khaira has compiled four assists, including the primary marker on Kassian's aforementioned first of the season. Meanwhile, Kyle Brodziak chipped in with his first two goals of the year - including his first in an Oiler uniform since March 27, 2009 - on Saturday night versus Detroit.
"We're just playing direct," said Kassian following Sunday's skate in Washington. "We're playing simple hockey. Once we get in the offensive zone, we know what we're good at.
We have to continue to have success for our team to have success."
When it comes the line's turnaround, Kassian attributes their recent play to a challenge set forth by the team's coaching staff.
"We got challenged by the coaching staff early on. We all take pride (in our play), so we wanted to respond and get up and running as fast as possible."
The trio looks to build on their strong play on Monday night when the Oilers visit the Washington Capitals.
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