Oilers 5-0: Are they Cup Contenders?

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Updated: October 13, 2019
Edmonton Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers moved to 5-0 for the first time in 34 years and the whispers are starting that maybe, just maybe, the Oilers may be contenders for the Stanley Cup. The Oilers have jumped out to a 5-0 start to the 2019-2020 NHL season and the early success is the envy of many others throughout the league.

Yet if you ask, players like Connor McDavid will tell you they are not satisfied with their start and there is definitely room for improvement.

On Saturday, the Oilers beat the New York Rangers by a score of 4-1, with McDavid scoring the tie-breaking goal. Line mate Leon Draisaitl added two goals and an assist in the third period. However, McDavid is not satisfied and says, “It’s nice to be 5-0 but we have to keep getting better. I thought we were really effective as a line tonight. There’s a few times we tried to force plays, turned the puck over a little bit in the first.”

The Oilers picked up the win despite being scored on early in the contest. Coach Dave Tippett was quick to point out the that the team improved as the game progressed. The Oilers netminder was stellar in net, stopping 20 shots for the win.

With the early success, it is easy to point to Edmonton’s top line as the main reason. Connor McDavid has 12 point (4G/8A) in just 5 games, with Leon Draisaitl having 11 points (4G/7A). However, the addition of James Neal in the off-season is paying dividends as he has already surpassed his 2018-19 goal production, adding 7 goals. Neal’s leadership and work ethic appears to be contagious as the players throughout the lineup have shown a desire to work harder and improve as the season progresses.  Players are having fun, lines are clicking and the bounces are coming their way.  It is making for great hockey and early success for a team that has struggled in the last few seasons.

While it is only early in the season, hockey fans are buzzing over the much improved Oiler squad The team has a start that cannot be denied and if they continue to play and improve, the Oilers may find themselves in the thick of things as playoffs approach.

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