Waking Up With The Oilers- Pacific Division Weekend Wrap-Up

Weekend wrap-up: Oilers face OT loss, Pacific Division heats up. Canucks lead, Kings stumble, Blues surge. Playoff race intensifies.

Colorado Avalanche goaltender Alexander Georgiev (40) makes a save on Edmonton Oilers Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (93)
Colorado Avalanche goaltender Alexander Georgiev (40) makes a save on Edmonton Oilers Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (93) / Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports
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The race for the top spot in the Pacific Division is heating up, and the Edmonton Oilers find themselves in the thick of it as they head into the final stretch of the regular season. With only a handful of games left, every point becomes crucial, and this past weekend provided both excitement and challenges for the Oilers and their division rivals.

As it stands, the Oilers sit firmly in second place with 84 points after 65 games played. However, the Vancouver Canucks maintain a slight edge at the top with 92 points from 68 games. Behind the Oilers, the Vegas Golden Knights and Los Angeles Kings are tied with 79 points each from 67 games, while in the Wild Card race the St. Louis Blues are closing in with 75 points in 68 games. Not to be overlooked, the Minnesota Wild still hope to make a late surge, sitting closely behind with 74 points in 68 games.

The weekend's matchups brought mixed results for the Pacific Division contenders. On Friday, the Kings delivered a commanding 5-0 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks, showcasing their offensive prowess. However, they faltered on Saturday, succumbing to a 4-1 defeat against a stronger Dallas Stars team.

Meanwhile, the Oilers faced a tough overtime loss on Saturday, falling 3-2 in overtime to the Colorado Avalanche. It was an exciting game where the Oilers would have loved to get the full two points, but if you are going to lose in extra time is the best way to do it.

In other games, the Vancouver Canucks suffered a narrow 2-1 loss to the Washington Capitals, a team who is hoping to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Minnesota Wild also found themselves on the wrong end of an overtime result, losing 3-2 to the St. Louis Blues in a hard-fought battle.

Sunday's matchups saw the Golden Knights stumble against the New Jersey Devils, falling 3-1, while the Blues secured a vital 4-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks, further solidifying their position in the standings.

As the regular season inches closer to its conclusion, every game becomes increasingly pivotal for the Oilers and their rivals. With playoffs looming on the horizon, each team is vying for momentum and consistency to carry them through the gruelling postseason battles.

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For the Oilers faithful, the focus remains on staying competitive, seizing every opportunity, and ultimately, clinching a spot atop the Pacific Division. With a talented roster and unwavering support, the Oilers are poised to make a deep playoff run, and every game is a step closer to realizing that goal.

As the season progresses, one thing is certain – the race in the Pacific Division will continue to captivate fans and keep them on the edge of their seats until the final buzzer sounds. Stay tuned for more updates as the Oilers and their rivals navigate the thrilling conclusion to the regular season.

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