These next two games will be a great test for the Oilers to see how they stack up against some of the top teams in their respective division. The brief two-game road trip that kicks off in Phoenix against the Coyotes will be anything but a stroll in the park for the Oilers but truth be told, this is a game they can and should win.
The home game on Thursday against the Capitals brought out many positives for the Oilers despite the loss and now the boys in copper an blue have to carry over that effort to the matinee in the desert.
One glaring stat that has taken it’s fair share of criticism lately reared it’s ugly head on Thursday and the Oilers top line was a victim of the plus/minus, finishing the game at a combined minus-12. But both the players and head coach Dallas Eakins felt that the line performed admirably well aside from getting hemmed up in their own end that led to the Caps third goal and essentially put the game on ice.
All this talk of the Oilers top line is the perfect transition to the three keys of the game that will help the team to victory in Phoenix. Let’s take a look.