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GAME STORY: Oilers 4, Devils 0

Oilers exorcise the New Jersey Devils with a 29-save shutout from Mikko Koskinen and goals from four separate contributors

by Jamie Umbach /

EDMONTON, AB - It was New Jersey against the new jerseys.

And the Devils could see the details.

Video: OILERS TODAY | Post-Game vs NJ 11.08.19





The Oilers hit the road to face the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday. The game can be seen on Sportsnet One and heard on the Oilers Radio Network, including 630 CHED. Puck drop is 7:08 p.m. MT.


The Oilers wound together a 4-0 winning performance over the Devils on Friday night at Rogers Place, sweeping the season series and exorcising plenty of demons in a victory that snaps a mini two-game slide in the final game of a three-game home stand.

There was defenceman Joel Persson, who rectified his shortcomings in Monday's loss to Arizona Coyotes and being omitted from the lineup on Wednesday against the St. Louis Blues to register not only his first NHL assist, but his first two helpers in his ninth game in the League.

"He got a couple of assists by getting the puck going to the net, but we were hoping for a bounceback game for him," Head Coach Dave Tippett said. "He moved the puck alright; he was efficient not losing a lot of battles and being on the right side of the puck. He just did things simple and efficiently tonight, and it kept him out of trouble."

Then, there was Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, factoring with two cathartic assists on the night to answer the criticism he's given of himself in recent days towards his limited offensive involvement through 17 games so far this campaign.

"He's one of those guys that's around some chances, but they're either not going in for him or they're not going in for his wingers," Tippett said.

That demon met it's quick end tonight.

Alex Chiasson got the devil off his shoulder, tipping his first goal of the year past Devils netminder Cory Schneider on the Oilers fourth of the night and adding an assist to kickstart his offence this campaign.

"I don't have to answer any of (media's) questions about depth scoring for five days," Chiasson joked. "Obviously, it was a little bit of a wake-up call for me earlier in the week. I thought I responded well with that.

"I thought tonight personally, I was around it the whole night."

Video: POST-GAME RAW | Chiasson 11.8.19

The devil works in dozens, and James Neal notched his 12th goal of the campaign to spell a three-goal middle frame for the Oilers and a productive night for the club's second line.

"For our line to get going and get some production going, it's definitely nice," Nugent-Hopkins said. "Even if we don't score, we want to be creating chances and at least get momentum four our team."

A 29-save shutout from Mikko Koskinen put the Devils away for good, keeping the Oilers atop the Pacific Division with 24 points and an 11-5-2 record.

"We lost two in a row, so it's definitely nice to finish off a little home stand here with a win," Nugent-Hopkins said.

Video: POST-GAME RAW | Nugent-Hopkins 11.8.19

For Tippett, any night where the leading names on the scoresheet aren't Connor McDavid or Leon Draisaitl is a good one. The bench boss, who highlighted at Thursday's practice the need for the club's auxiliary lines to contribute through compete level and production, watched on as his team's peripheral players took over.

"It was a good team win," Tippett said. "There's some guys that got on the board that were excited to get on the board. But it's not just getting on the board, but the other three lines really had an impact with their work in the game. That's a good part of it being a team win." 

In a contest stacked with first-overall talent in McDavid, Taylor Hall, Nugent-Hopkins, Jack Hughes, and Nico Hischier, the man who wasn't far off at the 2014 NHL Draft in Draisaitl slid home his 14th tally of the season to stretch his point streak to eight games - the second time this season the German has achieved the feat.

Gaetan Haas' goal in the second period marked the Swiss forward's second goal in three games after burying his first NHL marker in Monday's loss to Arizona. Not only has he been able to find the scoresheet a few more times, but he's beginning to satisfy the eye test for Tippett.

"He keeps growing; his game keeps growing," Tippett said. "The face-off circles, he's getting better in there and he just looks like he has the puck more. He's more in tune with the game."

The Oilers hit the road for dates with the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday and a meeting in the Shark Tank on Tuesday against San Jose.

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