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Oilers subduing shots against

The Oilers have allowed 20 or fewer shots against three times in January

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

The Oilers stabilized defence is a big reason for the team's improvement in the 2016-17 season. One testament to their protection ability has been silencing shooters.

After 45 games, Edmonton ranks 11th in fewest shots against per game with 29.6.

Versus the New Jersey Devils on January 12, the Oilers only gave up 19 shots on goal. It was the third time in January the club allowed 20 or fewer shots in a game.

"I think it's just playing on top of guys rather than giving them a little bit more space," said rookie Matt Benning.

The Calgary Flames had 25 in Saturday's chess match. In the past five games, though, the Oilers have conceded only 110 shots on goal, averaging out to 22 per night.

"You look at the teams that don't give up a lot of shots like the L.A. Kings and they're right on top of you," Benning continued. "It feels like they're right in your back pocket the whole game. That's what we're trying to do, just play hard defence and it's hard when someone's on top of you."

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