The heart of hockey are the key attacking plays that lead to the most dangerous scoring chances (and the key defensive miscues that lead to nasty chances against).

When you look at the Edmonton Oilers through this lens, there’s good news and some bad news.

The good news is that overall in three games, the Oilers have put up 26 Grade A scoring chances for and given up just 21 against. The bad news is that they thumped the Calgary Flames in this regard, 11-2, but have since been out-chanced in the inner slot 11-8 by Vancouver and 8-7 by the Jets. In other words, they richly deserved their first win over Calgary, but also had no claim on winning their second and third matches.

But there’s more bad news, though with a silver lining this time.

McDavid’s line outperforming three other lines combined

The Oilers top line, Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl and Patrick Maroon, have between them made 19 major contributions to Grade A scoring chances at even strenght, McDavid, 8, Draisaitl, 7, Maroon, 4.

All the forwards on all the other Oilers lines have made 18 such major contributions to Grade A chances (Milan Lucic, 4, Zack Kassian, 4, Mark Letestu, 3, Ryan …read more

Source:: Edmonton Journal – Sports

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