June 24, 2024

Flames' Huska opens up about coaching against McDavid and Draisaitl |  OffsideArticle content But when all of a sudden those things were no longer working, the head coach didn’t hesitate to change things around heading into the third period Tuesday against the Columbus Blue Jackets. After all, why change what’s been working so far, as his Edmonton Oilers found themselves on a franchise-record winning streak unlike any other Canadian team in NHL history

As a 13-game winning streak was at stake and the game was at 1-1, Knoblauch started Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl on the top line with Zach Hyman. This forced Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to center the second line between Evander Kane and Warren Foegele.

Mattias Janmark and Derek Ryan were placed on the fourth line with Sam Gagner after Dylan Holloway and Connor Brown were promoted from the fourth line to play with third-line centerman Ryan McLeod.

And that’s how the lineups remained as the Oilers attempted to make it 15 straight wins on Thursday against the Chicago Blackhawks, after they rallied with three goals in a row en route to a 4-1 victory, outshooting the Blue Jackets 11-5 in the final 20 minutes to extend their winning streak to 14 games.

Draisaitl stated, “We knew we had to regroup and obviously, we didn’t want the streak to end there. We probably played the two worst periods in a long time the last game.” It took us twenty minutes to get everything together, so we had to be mindful of that.

That’s also what successful teams do occasionally. We played without it for the first forty minutes, but in the last stages of the game, we switched it on a little bit and won. Therefore, it’s not how we want to start games and spend the first forty minutes, but occasionally that’s how things work out.


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