NHL Hockey

Final 1 2 3 Tot
Pittsburgh 1 1 0 2
Edmonton 2 0 3 5
7:00 PM PT8:00 PM MT9:00 PM CT10:00 PM ET3:00 GMT11:00 8:00 PM MST10:00 PM EST7:00 UAE (+1)22:00 ET1:00 BRT, December 1, 2021
Rogers Place, Edmonton, Alberta  Attendance: 17,130

Surging Oilers pursue rare win over Penguins

Pittsburgh Penguins at Edmonton Oilers

  1. The Penguins are 15-0-4 in their last 19 games versus the Oilers (since Dec. 5, 2007). It's the longest active point streak by one NHL team against another, and the second-longest point streak ever versus Edmonton. The Coyotes recorded at least one point in each of 25 straight games against the Oilers from 2011 to 2016.
  2. The Penguins had 32 fewer shot attempts during 5-on-5 situations than the Flames (62-30) in their 2-1 shootout loss at Calgary on Monday. It was Pittsburgh's worst such differential in one game since Feb. 2, 2020, when it was minus-34 (60-26) in a 4-3 win at Washington.
  3. Tristan Jarry has allowed a total of three goals over his last six starts (5-0-1), and no more than one goal in any of those games. It's the first time a Penguins goalie has ever allowed no more than one goal in each of six consecutive starts.
  4. The Oilers' 15-5-0 record gives them their highest point total (30) through the first 20 games of a season since 1985-86 (14-4-2, also 30 points). The only other season in which the Oilers won at least 15 of their first 20 games is 1983-84 (16-3-1).
  5. The Oilers won 3-2 in Las Vegas on Saturday despite Connor McDavid (22:01 of ice time) and Leon Draisaitl (22:00) being held pointless. It was only the sixth time in their seven seasons as teammates that the Oilers won a regular-season in which McDavid and Draisaitl both played but did not score a point. Three of those six games have been against Calgary.
  6. Sidney Crosby and Connor McDavid have played seven games against each other, with the Penguins winning their first six matchups and the Oilers taking the last one (Nov. 2, 2019). McDavid (3-7-10) has more than twice as many points as Crosby (2-2-4) in those games.

Considering how well the Edmonton Oilers are playing, especially at home, they might be in a good position to momentarily end their long-time struggles against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

With plenty of star power on the ice, the Oilers look for a sixth straight home victory while trying to hand the Penguins a third consecutive defeat on Wednesday night.

Things are going quite well for the Oilers, who have won 15 of their first 20 games and registered 38 goals while going 8-1-0 at home this season. Edmonton enters the contest looking for a third consecutive victory after winning at Arizona and Vegas to conclude a three-game trip.

"Obviously, from a team standpoint, we're really happy with our record and where we are," said Edmonton's Zach Hyman, who has 15 points on the season and one in all but two of his team's home games this season.

"I think we're excited because I don't think we've played our best yet."

The Oilers, though, have just four wins in their past 19 games versus Pittsburgh. None of those victories have come in regulation. The Penguins, whose last regulation loss to the Oilers was 3-1 on Jan. 10, 2006, have also won six consecutive games at Edmonton, where they are 8-0-2 over their past 10 trips.

However, the teams haven't met since December 2019, and Pittsburgh has dropped back-to-back contests following a season-high, five-game winning streak, which included four on the road. Jake Guentzel scored to extend his point streak to 10 games and Tristan Jarry stopped 31 shots as the Penguins fell 2-1 in a shootout at Calgary on Monday.

"I think for us, we just got to get back to keeping it simple and playing on our toes," Guentzel said. "If we do that, I like our chances."

Guentzel ahs recorded 11 of his team-high 19 points on the road. He has posted at least one point in each of his nine road games.

Pittsburgh tends to do well in front of Jarry, who has stopped 172 of 175 shots during his current 5-0-1 stretch. He made 26 saves in his only appearances against the Oilers, a 5-2 Penguins' win from Dec. 20, 2019.

Pittsburgh blanked both Edmonton stars Connor McDavid (36 points in 2021-22) and Leon Draisaitl (40 points) in that contest. Meanwhile, Pittsburgh superstar Sidney Crosby did not play in that meeting.

All three will be on the ice Wednesday.

Crosby has recorded five of his seven points on the season over the past three games. Draisaitl has eight goals and 13 assists in nine home games, while McDavid has eight goals and 11 assists in Edmonton.

"I think anybody -- coaches, teammates, fans, everybody -- enjoys seeing great players play," Oilers coach Dave Tippett said. "That's part of what makes the game so great."

McDavid opened the season with at least one point in 17 straight games, but he has been shut out in two of the past three contests.

Edmonton's Mikko Koskinen (2.89 goals-against average) has yielded five goals while winning his past two starts. Teammate Stuart Skinner is 2-3-0 with a 2.59 ERA as a starter this season.

--Field Level Media

Updated December 1, 2021

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