Oilers' offense explodes in rout of Knights
EDMONTON, Alberta -- The Edmonton Oilers put a couple of slumps to bed Tuesday night with a convincing 8-2 win over the expansion Vegas Golden Knights.
The lowest scoring team in the NHL erupted for a season high goal total in winning at home for just the fourth time in 10 games.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Connor McDavid scored twice each while Oscar Klefbom, Patrick Maroon, Matt Benning and Mark Letestu added singles in the rout.
The Knights came into Edmonton with just two wins in their previous seven games (2-4-1) as they try to stay afloat without their top three netminders (Marc-Andre Fleury, Malcolm Subban and Oscar Dansk are all on the shelf).
They are down to Maxime Lagace, who was under the gun all night long in just his eighth career start.
The Oilers started swarming him early and it wasn't long until the floodgates opened. Klefbom scored short-handed at 6:28, Nugent-Hopkins made it 2-0 on the power play at 17:42 and Maroon made it 3-0 at even strength at 18:39.
And by the first intermission the game was all but over.
Edmonton made it 4-0 on a deflection from Benning at 10:19 of the second period before Vegas winger Pierre-Edouard Bellemare broke Cam Talbot's shutout a few minutes later.
The Oilers piled on in the third, with McDavid, Nugent-Hopkins and Letestu adding to the damage.
Vegas played Junior goalie Dylan Ferguson (up on an emergency call up) in net for the last nine minutes after Edmonton made it 7-2.
NOTES: Vegas D Luca Sbisa did not accompany the Knights on their two-game road trip. He is listed as day-to-day with a lower body injury.... The Oilers made a bottom six trade before the game, sending slumping LW Jussi Jokinen to the LA Kings for C Mike Cammalleri, who has seven points in 15 games this year. ... The Knights have an NHL-best +14 goal differential in the second period this season. ... Injured G Malcolm Subban, who's been out since Oct. 22, is close to returning. He is on the team's road trip and took part in the morning skate Tuesday. ... The Oilers, who just returned from a four-game road trip, are home for just two games before heading back out on the road for five more. ... Oilers C Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has 11 points in his last 10 games after starting the season with three points in his first eight.