Barring a massive turnaround over the final four weeks of the season, the Edmonton Oilers are headed to the NHL Draft Lottery. A late-season swoon may have the New York Islanders right there with them.
The Oilers will try to complete a sweep of the season series and hand the Islanders their eighth straight loss on Thursday night at Rogers Place.
Edmonton (28-34-4), which is trying to stay out of the Western Conference basement, defeated New York, 2-1, in overtime on Nov. 7. Leon Draisaitl scored in regulation and assisted on Connor McDavid's game-winner.
The Oilers are looking for their seventh win in eight home games over the Islanders and are coming off a 4-3 overtime win over the Arizona Coyotes on Monday. Defenseman Oscar Klefbom scored the game-winner off assists from the Draisaitl and McDavid, who are the team's top two scorers.
"It was very nice for me to finally score a goal," Klefbom told the team's official website after snapping a 33-game drought off assists from McDavid and Draisaitl, who have combined for 51 goals and 89 assists. << Read more
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