The Oilers are enjoying a historic winning streak, but there's no question of dwelling on the issue too much in Edmonton.
On Thursday night, Connor McDavid and his gang won their 12th game in a row, defeating the Seattle Kraken 4-2. Head coach Kris Knoblauch's team improved a team grade. However, he reiterates that chasing records is far from his team's priority.
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“We don't talk much, almost never, about our series,” he said, whose comments were reported by the website NHL.com.
“I don’t know what they are [les joueurs] When I leave the locker room we talk to each other, but I don't think they talk about it. I think we talk and look and think about where we are in the rankings.”
Before Friday night's games in the National Hockey League (NHL), the Oilers were in third place in the Pacific Division with just one point more than the Los Angeles Kings.
“If we lose a few games, we are out of the playoffs,” said Knoblauch. If we win a few more games we might have home advantage. That's what we're concentrating on at the moment. We want to climb up the rankings.”
This is quite a turnaround for Edmonton considering the club's terrible start to the season. On November 9, the Oilers finished 32nd and final in the NHL standings. Three days later, the organization fired Jay Woodcroft and hired Knoblauch. The team has gone 24-15-1 since then. Since November 24th, the Oilers are 19-3-0. No other team on the Bettman circuit performed better during this time.
“It's great, a win is always great, but we worked extremely hard to get back on the road to success,” said striker Leon Draisaitl after his team's eleventh win. There is no way we are anywhere where we can let our guard down. We have to be aware of this. […] We're not even halfway through the season yet. There’s still a lot to play for.”
The Oilers will look to further improve their situation and record their 13th straight win this Saturday against the Flames in Calgary.