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Under the Scope: Wild vs. Oilers

by Ryan Frankson / Edmonton Oilers

The Oilers allowed the Minnesota Wild to score five of the first six goals on Tuesday night at Rexall Place before they mounted a two-goal comeback but ultimately dropped a 5-3 decision. Nail Yakupov led the way for the home side with a goal and an assist, while former Oiler Kyle Brodziak paced the Wild with two of their five goals in the victory.

Take a closer look at the game as we go Under The Scope:

The Oilers and Wild traded goals in the opening frame, so the game was entirely up for grabs heading into the second stanza. However, just like they did to start the game, Edmonton surrendered an early goal to make it 2-1 Wild as Charlie Coyle deflected a Clayton Stoner point shot 2:56 into the frame.

6 Consecutive defeats for the Oilers
53 Minutes combined of ice time for Wild defencemen Jonas Brodin and Ryan Suter
71 Percentage of faceoffs won for Anton Lander
4 Shots on goal for Zach Parise, the most on both teams
20 Seconds into the third period when the Wild scored their fourth goal
23 Hits for the Oilers compared to just 13 for the Wild

Kyle Brodziak
2 0 2 0 +1

Nail Yakupov
1 1 2 0 +2

Clayton Stoner
0 2 2 2 +2

Niklas Backstrom
16 19 3 60:00 0.842


Devan Dubnyk
25 30 5 0.833 57:33

Ryan Suter - D

27:14 - 1 PTS, -1 rating

Justin Schultz - D

25:56 - 0 PTS, -3 rating

The Oilers may have found themselves on the wrong side of the final score, but they did tally the nicest goal of the night. At the exact midway point of the third period and the Oilers on the power play, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins slid a pass to Taylor Hall at the side of the net, and Edmonton's leading scorer fed Shawn Horcoff on the doorstep for the easy tic-tac-toe tap-in.

Nail Yakupov just seems to be getting better as the season goes on. The rookie Russian sniper now has 11 points in his last 10 games, including a goal and an assist versus the Wild on Tuesday. He was johnny on the spot for his team's first goal and set up Magnus Paajarvi for their third goal. Yakupov also laid the body with three hits and played a season-high 18:17.

Veteran centre Mikko Koivu logged the most ice time of all Wild forwards at 20:12 and — as he is during most games — was also the most dominant player in the faceoff circle with 15 victories and a 75% success rate.

With two points against the Wild, Nail Yakupov is up to 25 points on the season and is just two back of Florida's Jonathan Huberdeau for the NHL rookie scoring lead. Yakupov also leads all rookies in power-play goals with five and shooting percentage at 17.2 per cent.

"It's painful right now. Six games in a row is unacceptable, especially when we know how good we can be."

– Oilers winger Magnus Paajarvi

Friday, April 19 at Colorado 
7:00pm MT
(SNET - W / 630 CHED)

The Oilers play their third consecutive game against a Northwest Division rival on Friday as they hit the road to take on the Colorado Avalanche in Denver at 7:00pm. A back-to-back two-game home set with the Anaheim Ducks is up next on Sunday and Monday back at Rexall Place.

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