In this edition of Edmonton Oilers’ Quick Hits, I’ll take a look at some of the news of the Oilers’ 4-2 win over the New York Islanders. First, I’ll take a look at Jack Campbell’s latest start. Second, I’ll outline Zach Hyman’s contribution with new linemates. Finally, I’ll take a quick look at Connor McDavid’s amazing career.
Quick Hit One: Jack Campbell Gets a Win Against the Islanders
Jack Campbell has had a couple of solid games recently. On December 31, he started against a hot Winnipeg Jets team and stopped 15 shots out of 17 in a 2-1 loss. Then, earlier this week he came in as relief and stopped all three shots he faced against the Seattle Kraken.
Against the Islanders on Thursday night, he only gave up two goals (all in the second period) of the 22 shots he faced. The result was that the Oilers beat the Islanders by a score of 4-2. It was Campbell’s first victory since mid-December.
Campbell, who’s been a disappointment in his first season with the Oilers, now has a record of 9-7-1 and a save percentage of .878 with a 3.69 goals-against-average. The question is whether this latest positive showing is an aberration, or whether Campbell hasn’t yet emerged from his funk. Taking it one game at a time, the win was huge for both Campbell and the Oilers.
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Quick Hit Two: Zach Hyman Scores His 18th Goal
Zach Hyman scored his 18th goal of the season and he did it with new linemates. After the Oilers lost to the Kraken Tuesday, the Oilers coaching staff made some line changes. Suddenly, Hyman moved from being a linemate of Connor McDavid’s to becoming part of a new line with Leon Draisaitl and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.
Good call – at least for one game. Hyman answered the bell by scoring his fourth goal in his last seven games. He’s also added four assists over that span. On the season, Hyman is putting up good numbers. He’s now scored 18 goals and added 24 assists (for 42 points) in 39 games. He also has a plus-5 rating on the season.
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Quick Hit Three: Connor McDavid Hits Milestone with 500th Assist
Connor McDavid is having a season. Against the Islanders, he registered two more assists and now has an incredible 500 assists in only 526 games in his NHL career. He’s elite in every way as a player. While most NHL players try to meet the point-a-game mark, McDavid is only a few assists from having an assist-a-game over his Oilers’ career.
McDavid now has scored 272 goals (along with his 500 assists) for 772 points in 526 NHL career games. This season might go down as his best if he keeps up his torrid pace. He now has scored 33 goals and added 42 assists (for 75 points) in 40 games. That’s a full 15 points ahead of Draisaitl (who has 60 points on the season) and a full 20 points ahead of Jason Robertson (who has 55 points on the season).
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