Koskinen makes 29 saves, Oilers shut out Devils
- Mikko Koskinen made 29 saves, and Leon Draisaitl scored to extend his point streak to eight games for the Edmonton Oilers in a 4-0 win against the New Jersey Devils at Rogers Place on Friday.
- Koskinen’s shutout was his first of the season and fifth in the NHL.
“The one really great chance they had went off the crossbar, he didn’t have to make an outstanding save. He was just in position and made the game look simple,” Oilers coach Dave Tippett said. “That was a strong game by our goaltender. He was positionally sound and right in tune with the game and got rewarded with the shutout.”
- Alex Chiasson had a goal and an assist, and Gaetan Haas and James Neal scored for Edmonton (11-5-2), which had lost its past two games.
- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Joel Persson each had two assists.
“It was a good 60 (minutes) for us all the way through,” Nugent-Hopkins said. “It started with Mikko making some big saves, especially early and that kind of gives you a jump start, and it started from our D up to the forwards. It was a good response after our last game (5-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday), so it was definitely nice to finish up the homestand with a win.”
- Draisaitl scored on a breakaway after receiving a stretch pass from Nugent-Hopkins to make it 1-0 at 1:55 of the second period.
- Persson had the secondary assist on the play, his first point in the NHL.
- Draisaitl has 14 points (eight goals, six assists) during his point streak.
“I thought we played pretty well at that point,” Schneider said. “They got a good look on the Draisaitl breakaway. They bury theirs and we hit the crossbar on our breakaway (Taylor Hall), and that was the difference until then. Up to then, I thought we played pretty well structure-wise, keeping their top guys and not letting them be too threatening, and then obviously, those two goals quickly in the second made the change in the game.”
- Cory Schneider made 28 saves for New Jersey (4-7-4), which was playing the second game of a back-to-back (lost 5-2 to the Calgary Flames on Thursday).
“I thought it was more of a 50-50 game than the scoreboard said it was,” Devils coach John Hynes said. “When they had opportunities, they were able to put the puck in the net. We had some real quality looks and opportunities, and the puck didn’t get in the net.”
NHL Highlights | Devils vs Oilers – Nov. 8, 2019
- New Jersey has been shut out three times this season. …
- Hall had a seven-game point streak end (one goal, eight assists). …
- Draisaitl is the fifth player in Oilers history to score at least 14 goals through the first 18 games of the season, joining Wayne Gretzky (1981-82, 1983-84, 1984-85, 1986-87, 1987-88), Jari Kurri (1983-84, 1984-85), Glenn Anderson (1985-86) and Alexander Selivanov (1999-00). …
- Oilers forward Connor McDavid had an assist and has 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in his past eight games.
Sources & Credits: Derek Van Diest / NHL.com, EDM Oilers, NJ Devils