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7. Edmonton’s top-five forwards have more goals and points than all of the Senators forwards combined. Even without Nugent-Hopkins and Kassian Edmonton has a major advantage at the top of their lineup.

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8. Through 29 games last season, Draisaitl had 15-18-33 while Connor McDavid had 15-25-40. This season McDavid has 19-32-51 and Draisaitl has 18-32-50. They’ve combined for 28 more points thus far. Both of them could crush their career highs set last season.

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9. Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored his 15th goal last night in Vancouver. He is poised to surpass his previous career-best of 19 goals set in 2015/2016. Pageau turned 27 last month, and he is set to be a free agent this summer. The Senators will try to re-sign him, but if they can’t he will surely be moved at the deadline, and he should garner a solid return. He has played the majority of his time with Connor Brown and Nick Paul, and would be an ideal third line centre on a competitive team. If he continues to produce like this he could command upwards of $4 million on the free agent market.

10. Joel Persson was recalled yesterday while Caleb Jones was reassigned to Bakersfield. Jones played decent but struggled at times with his decision making with the puck. Persson produced 1-4-5 in six games with Bakersfield and looked quite good. He’ll return to Edmonton with more confidence. He was more assertive in his decisions, with and without the puck, in the AHL, so we’ll see if that continues here. I expect he will play with Kris Russell on the third pair tonight.

11. It might only interest me, but I took a glance at the Oilers special teams last year compared to this point of the season. Last season the Oilers PP was 19.8% (18 goals on 91 chances) and their PK was an ugly 76.7%, allowing 21 goals on 90 kills. This year Edmonton’s PP is a ridiculous 32.5% (26 of 80) and their PK is at 87.1%, allowing 12 goals on 93 kills. They were -3 on special teams last year through 29 games and they are +14 this season.

The Oilers have had 11 fewer powerplays and three more PK situations so far. It is odd that they are winning more games, but draw fewer penalties and are taking more.

MONTH OF GIVING…

A big thank you to Ryan and Sebastion for their generous bids on the Mr. Derk package, and to Sterling at Mr.Derk who agreed at the end of our show to donate two packages. Also thanks to Jack with his bid on the Oilers/Leafs tickets courtesy of Trilogy Rentals. Combined we raised $9,200 for Month of Giving yesterday.
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