EDMONTON, AB - In search of a scoring spark, Oilers Head Coach Dave Tippett found himself playing with fire Tuesday at Rogers Place.
Tabbed as the DYNamite Line by Oilers fans, the bench boss wedged Leon Draisaitl between Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Kailer Yamamoto at practice, reuniting a trio that exploded offensively during the 2019-20 National Hockey League campaign.
Nugent-Hopkins, Draisaitl and Yamamoto formed in January of 2020 when the Oilers held a 21-17-4 showing. The triad was a major factor in Edmonton going 16-8-5 the rest of the year and concluding the schedule with a 37-25-9 record before the NHL Pause. The unit's best body of work came during February when the three combined for 53 points.
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"We've had success last year," Draisaitl said. "We like playing with each other and we enjoy it. We all bring different things to the table. We're looking to reunite that chemistry."
The formation was split for Edmonton's Stanley Cup Qualifiers series against the Chicago Blackhawks and has not seen much ice time together this season aside from on the power play. That could change Wednesday as Tippett weighs his options ahead of Game 3 versus the Maple Leafs.
"When you get shutout a couple of games in a row, all options are open," Tippett said.
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Draisaitl finds the combination provides a variety of ingredients as a line and is hopeful they can produce if they share the ice.
"We bring different attributes to the table to our game and it just complements really well," Draisaitl, who has 10 goals and 34 points this year, said.
"We haven't played together in a while so we're going to need a little bit of time to figure things out again but hopefully it will be quick and happen right away."