Connor McDavid will be aiming to start a new scoring streak and the Edmonton Oilers will be looking to pull off a four-game home slide when the Seattle Kraken visit Tuesday night.
McDavid was on a 17-game run at the end of Saturday in a 2-1 loss to the Winnipeg away side. McDavid, the NHL’s top scorer, had 16 goals and 21 assists during that streak, which was his career high.
“I think we played a pretty solid team game,” said Oilers defenseman Tyson Barrie. “We didn’t give up a lot of chances and we created some looks and had some chances to score one, two, three, four goals but we just didn’t make it. Some nights you play well and don’t get the result you want. It’s frustrating, but it’s part of the game.”
The Oilers played a second straight game without second-top scorer Leon Draisaitl, who was out with an undisclosed injury.
That may have hampered Edmonton’s league-leading power play, which went 0-to-5.
“I thought our team played a hell of a game of hockey. Nobody apologized when we arrived last night, nobody talked about back-to-back or anything,” said Edmonton coach Jay Woodcroft. “I thought we held our game straight away. … We didn’t give up much, I thought we spent most of the game at their end and in the end we couldn’t solve their penalty and their goalkeeper.”
The Oilers had no such troubles in Seattle last Friday, scoring three goals in a 1:11 span early in the first period to knock out Kraken goalie Philipp Grubauer. McDavid had one goal and four assists in a 7-2 win.
The Kraken, beginning a seven-game journey, bounced back with a 4-1 win over the New York Islanders on Sunday.
“We stalled (Friday),” said Kraken coach Dave Hakstol. “It was an embarrassing night. It’s difficult to play in this building but we can recover from it (Sunday) and get two important points.”
Eeli Tolvanen, a former first-round pick who picked up waivers from Nashville on Dec. 12, scored the deciding goal on the power play on his Kraken debut.
“It felt really good. It’s been a while since I played my last game so it’s nice to get the first goal out of the way in the first game,” said Tolvanen, who last played on November 19 played against Tampa Bay. “It was a power play, so it’s all about getting pucks in the net and shooting as soon as you get him in the zone. They told me right beforehand to shoot him as soon as I got him.”
Hakstol added: “The power play goal, you can’t teach him that – that’s a skill he has. He’s got all that and he beat a good goalkeeper in that game and that’s a real skill that he has owns.” I know he can.”
The Kraken and Oilers are currently tied on 42 points overall, holding the Western Conference’s two wildcard playoff spots.