The Edmonton Oilers came up with a huge 6-4 win over the Seattle Kraken at Climate Pledge Arena on Saturday (March 18), overcoming some sloppy play with opportunistic scoring.
Edmonton never trailed and led for 48:23 of the 60-minute contest, answering with the next goal each time Seattle either scored to tie the score or pull within one.
Evander Kane led the way with his first hat trick of the season, while veteran Oilers forward Zack Hyman tallied to reach 30 goals for the first time in his career, and teammate Connor McDavid added to his league-leading total with goal No. 58 of 2022-23.
Oilers winger Kailer Yamamoto also lit the lamp, as the Washington native scored a goal for all the family and friends that have come out to see him. Leon Draisaitl and Mattias Ekholm each picked up three assists in the victory.
Stuart Skinner stopped 33 of 37 shots fired by Seattle, which could have leapfrogged the Oilers in the Pacific Division standings with a regulation win. Instead, Edmonton takes a three-point lead over Seattle for third place and is four points back of the Los Angeles Kings and Vegas Golden Knights, who are tied for the division lead with 90 points apiece.
All in all, there is a lot to like with the statistics following Edmonton’s 39th win of 2022-23. Here’s a deeper dive into the numbers.
Milestone for Hyman
Hyman has been waiting a long time to score 30 goals. This is the eighth season of his career, and his previous career high was 27 in 2021-22.
He had last tallied on March 1, scoring the game-winner at Rogers Place in Edmonton’s 5-2 defeat of his former team, the Toronto Maple Leafs. Since then, the 30-year-old has been stuck on 29 goals. He went five straight games without scoring, then because of an undisclosed injury, missed Edmonton’s prior two games before Saturday.
Hyman joins Draisaitl, McDavid, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins as Oilers to reach the 30-goal mark in 2022-23. The last time four Edmonton players scored at least 30 goals in an NHL season was 1989-90, when Jari Kurri, Mark Messier, Craig Simpson and Esa Tikkanen reached that benchmark. That’s notable, given that 1990 was also the last time Edmonton won the Stanley Cup.
Draisaitl and McDavid Go Old School
With a hat trick of helpers, Draisaitl went from 57 to 60 assists this season, to go with his 44 goals. This is the German forward’s second campaign with at least 60 apples, the first…
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