June 13, 2024

Oilers: Woodcroft defends new defensive system | CTV NewsNo team from the Canadian market has ever accomplished the kind of run the Edmonton Oilers are now enjoying—one that is unparalleled in their illustrious history.

When the Oilers host the Nashville Predators on Saturday at 4:00 PM ET, they will have the opportunity to extend their winning streak to 16 games.

In NHL history, that is very rare air. The Oilers are only the seventh club in history to win at least 14 games in a row.

Edmonton defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 3-0 on Thursday in their most recent victory. It was the second shutout in the Oilers’ current 15-game winning streak. Connor McDavid (19) scored two goals and dished out his 44th assist of the season in the 3-0 victory over the Blackhawks. With three assists, Leon Draisaitl now has 32 for the season.

The Montreal Canadiens’ 12-game winning streak in 1967–68 was the previous high point for a Canadian team. With a 3-1 victory over the Calgary Flames on Saturday, the Oilers exceeded that threshold.

Edmonton will face the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday, February 6, riding a franchise-best nine-game winning streak on the road.

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The Pittsburgh Penguins, who ended the 1992–93 season with 17 straight victories, own the longest winning streak in NHL history. During the run, the reigning Stanley Cup winners scored six goals or more seven times, including twice with ten goals. The Penguins’ historic run helped them win the Presidents’ Trophy with 119 points in 1992–93. It concluded with a 6–6 draw against the New Jersey Devils in the last regular season game. Nevertheless, they were defeated in seven games by the New York Islanders in the second round of the playoffs, ending their hopes of winning a third consecutive Stanley Cup victory.

Corey Perry’s NHL career began and continued for more than eighteen seasons. Even though his second won’t last as long, the seasoned forward at least now knows he has another chance to succeed in the NHL.

On Monday, Perry agreed to a one-year, $775,000 contract with the Edmonton Oilers, which includes a $325,000 performance bonus. The Chicago Blackhawks terminated his contract on November 29 due to “unacceptable” behavior, and he signed a new agreement two months later.

The 38-year-old forward apologized for his vague acts rather than contesting his contract termination. He mentioned getting therapy at the time for substance misuse and mental health issues.

The fact that Perry, a well-liked Stanley Cup winner, accepted responsibility for his errors and problems was admirable and probably contributed to his prompt NHL comeback.

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