Two games removed from scoring a shorthanded goal, the Oilers penalty kill was aggressive again. In Wednesday’s game against Boston they had a few shorthanded rushes, and they had some again tonight against the Buffalo Sabres, including a backhand off the post from Anton Lander.
While the Oilers couldn’t capitalize against the Sabres, their aggression on the penalty kill has been a little bit of a theme in recent games. It’s not a scheme or system thing though, it’s just consistency of the players now that they’re healthier there.
“We haven’t altered anything tactically or technically with the killers,” said Head Coach Todd McLellan. “They just feel more confident. We just started the year really well penalty killing and took a dive for a while, but most of our penalty killers were hurt at that point. Now we’ve got them back and we’re able to roll them out and feel better about that. In turn with our power play now, we’ve lost some key people and we’re giving some others opportunities there and we don’t see real good numbers. But once we get our bodies back, we think we’ll have two good units of special teams.”
The Oilers PK is 14-for-17 in their last five games (82.4%).