Tonight’s contest between the Edmonton Oilers and the visiting Washington Capitals could go a long way in helping the home town team climb back to the elusive .500 mark and get their season back on track.
But a victory against the Ovechkin led Caps won’t come easy. This is a Washington team that has won two straight and three of their last four, including a victory of the Oilers a week and a half ago.
Smack dab in the middle of a five-game road trip that will see the Capitals in Western Canada for the first four of those games, Adam Oates has his team playing better hockey lately. Much like the Oilers, the Caps endured a rocky start to the season, dropping three of their first four games.
But number 8 is scoring goals like crazy again, leading the league with 9 tallies in 9 games including a pair against the Winnipeg Jets this past Tuesday.
Aside from stopping the great eight tonight, there are a few other areas that the Oilers must focus on in order to get the W.