June 15, 2024

Knoblauch named head coach of Edmonton Oilers | TheAHL.com | The American  Hockey LeagueThe National Hockey League’s second-longest winning streak ever ended dramatically in Las Vegas on Tuesday, as the Edmonton Oilers suffered their first loss after 16 games.
Days between losses: 51. They didn’t lose again until February 6 in Vegas, following their Dec. 19 loss to the New York Islanders. January was spent entirely in Edmonton.

8 — Rebound successes. Ironically, half of the Oilers’ sixteen triumphs required them to get off the ground. In eight of the first twelve games, they were behind before rallying to win.

16 — Positions added to the rankings since the start of the streak. After their 16th victory, the Oilers, who were ranked 27th overall on December 20, rose to 10th overall. They shot up from sixth to third in the Pacific Division and from 13th to sixth in the Western Conference.

11 — Various winners of games. During the run, 11 different Edmonton players scored the game-winning goal, demonstrating their ability to provide crucial contributions across the board. Los Angeles was defeated by Derek Ryan’s shootout victory after goals from Leon Drasaitl, Connor McDavid, Evander Kane, Sam Gagner, Warren Foegele, Ryan McLeod, Evan Bouchard, Darnell Nurse, Zach Hyman, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins all scored goals.

26 points in the 16-game stretch for McDavid. The captain of the Oilers recorded nine goals, seventeen assists, and three separate nights with five, four, and three points.

Number of straight victories on the road: 9. During the streak, Edmonton triumphed in games played in New Jersey, New York, San Jose, Los Angeles, Anaheim, Chicago, Detroit, Montreal, and Calgary. In fact, they won more games away from home than at home.

Stuart Skinner prevails with 12. The Oilers goalie surpassed Grant Fuhr’s record from 1985–86 to create a new club record. Additionally, he was two wins shy of tying the NHL record of 14 straight victories, which is now held by four goalies (the most recent being Sergei Bobrovsky with Columbus in 2016–17). 14 — Games in which the Oilers gave up two goals or less to opponents. And in Game 2, the Rangers lost 4-3, but not before scoring at 19:59 of the third period. In the final 14 games of the run, Edmonton gave up just 18 goals against.

Roll for penalty killing, 44 of 47. This season, what was initially a weak point turned into a pillar of Edmonton’s comeback. The Oilers were able to kill 36 of the previous 37 penalties, contributing to the efficiency rating of 93.6%.

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