EDMONTON, AB - Connor McDavid reached the 100-point mark, while Jordan Eberle potted a hat trick and the Oilers cruised past the visiting Vancouver Canucks 5-2 to finish the regular season with a record of 47-26-9.
The Oilers now set their sights on the post-season. A perceived lack of experience isn't dampening their confidence or expectations.
"I think we have quite a few guys who have played in the playoffs," said Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl. "Obviously, we have guys who haven't played in the playoffs yet, but that doesn't really matter. It's still a hockey game. You go out and you try and win the game. I think, obviously, we have a few guys that haven't played yet but I don't think it matters too much."
Edmonton would get its first power play of the game at 17:09 of the first when Nikita Tryamkin skated to the sin bin for roughing. It became a 5-on-3 man advantage for the Oil 10 seconds in as Alexander Edler joined Tryamkin for a slash.
Eberle scored his first goal of the game, sliding a shot past the far side of Richard Bachman at 18:46 of the opening frame, on the 5-on-3.
Two minutes into the second, Vancouver netted the equalizer. Nikolay Goldobin buried a feed from Daniel Sedin to make it a 1-1 affair.
The Canucks' lead didn't last very long. Eberle scored his second of the night at 4:10 of the middle frame to give the Oilers the lead back. Falling down in the slot, Eberle got a shot off and sniped it past Bachman.
A Canucks' coach's challenge took away Anton Slepyshev's marker at 14:05 of the second. The goal was reviewed and ruled offside, resulting in the continuation of the 2-1 Oilers lead.
The 3-1 lead would come with a quick goal off a draw at 14:46 of the second. McDavid backhanded a nice feed backdoor to Drake Caggiula, who buried his seventh of the season. The assist put McDavid at 99 points on the season.
The hats rained down from the seats at Rogers Place just 31 seconds into the third period, as Eberle potted the hat-trick goal. With his third tally, Eberle reached the 20-goal mark on the season.
McDavid secured his 100th point of the season with a cross-ice assist on Draisaitl's 29th goal of the year at 1:40 of the final period. McDavid became the first Oilers player to reach the 100-point mark since Doug Weight in 1995-96.
"It's obviously a pretty special moment," said Draisaitl. "There are very few guys that ever hit the 100-point mark. He's been amazing for us all season. Obviously, you congratulate him and tell him how happy you are for him. I think everybody here knows he deserves it so much because he's been that good for us."
With McDavid and Draisaitl finishing in the top 10 of NHL scoring, it became the first time since 1988-89 the Oilers had a pair do so.
Tryamkin scored for Vancouver to make it 5-2 at 2:35 of the third. The defender launched a point shot after a faceoff win and it found its way past the glove of Laurent Brossoit.
With the Anaheim Ducks getting a point against Los Angeles, the playoff match was set for Edmonton before their own game even ended. The Oilers will play the San Jose Sharks in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Edmonton has home-ice advantage in that matchup, meaning they will host games one, two, five and seven - if necessary.