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Under the Scope: Oilers vs. Blue Jackets

by Travis Knee / Edmonton Oilers

In a game featuring the league's two bottom teams, Edmonton proved that 29 is always better than 30. Edmonton got a strong effort from its young stars en route to a 3-0 win on home ice.

Devan Dubnyk making his second straight start would stop all 22 shots he faced for the shutout, giving Edmonton its second win so far in the month of March.

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The Oilers would get a powerplay late in the second period and went to work quickly, going up 2-0. With just 10 seconds left on the clock, Edmonton would win the draw and get a shot on net. Taylor Hall was parked in front and would collect the rebound, scoring his 27th of the season. The Oilers would go on to win the game 3-0.

49 The faceoff winning percentage for the Oilers overall in tonight's game. They won 26 of 53 draws.
3 Ryan Nugent-Hopkins' two-point night gives him 43 points on the season, just 3 back of the two rookies ahead of him in the race.
5 Tonight's home win for Edmonton stops a skid of 5 straight losses at Rexall Place.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
G A P +/- Shots
1 1 2 +1 3

Taylor Hall
G A P +/- Shots
1 0 1 E 3

Devan Dubnyk
22 22 0 60:00 1.00

Curtis Sanford
26 24 2 59:34 .923

Devan Dubnyk
22 22 0 60:00 1.00

  Jack Johnson- D

25:24 - 0 PTS, E rating

  Jeff Petry- D

23:43 - 0 PTS, +1 rating

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins would get things started for the Oilers in tonight's game with his 16th of the year. RNH walked off the side boards and snapped an accurate shot low-corner on Curtis Sanford.


The 'Nuge' continued his quest to win the rookie scoring race with another strong outing in tonight's game. Nugent-Hopkins would open the scoring with his 16th of the year and then collect an assist on Edmonton's second goal, bringing him to 43 points.

Oilers goaltender Devan Dubnyk was not tested all that often but did what was needed of him to get the win. After suffering a 3-2 loss Monday night to San Jose, Dubnyk would bounce back with 22 saves tonight for the shutout.

With his assist tonight, Jordan Eberle now has 67 points in 67 games this season. Eberle is actually the only Western Conference player currently in the top-20 in league scoring that is averaging a point-per-game.

"We paid attention for 60 minutes. They wanted to do well, take responsibility"

-- Tom Renney on tonight's 3-0 win over Columbus.

Friday, March 16  vs. Calgary
  7:30pm MDT (SNET-W / 630 CHED)

The Oilers will play their third straight at home when the Battle of Alberta resumes Friday night. With the Flames coming in playing well and in the thick of a tight playoff-race, the Oilers will have a great chance to play spoiler. The game can be seen live on Sportsnet West.

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