Hindsight is always 20/20 but it sure seems like history is on the side of the Edmonton Oilers when it comes to picking winners and losers in the Milan Lucic-James Neal trade.
If there were any lingering doubts, The Real Deal sure silenced them last night.
In just his third game with his new team, Neal notched not one, not two, not three but four goals in a 5-2 rout of the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum Tuesday.
If we’re keeping track…
Neal: 6 goals in 3 games
Lucic: 0 goals in 3 games
But it wasn’t just Neal who found himself on the scoreboard multiple times.
Captain Connor McDavid quietly added three assists of his own, while Leon Draisaitl had a pair of apples himself. Zack Kassian also continued his scoring ways, firing home a second period tally to give him three goals in three games to start the season. He’s really looked at home in the Oilers’ top six so far.
And between the pipes, Mikko Koskinen picked up his first W of the year, stopping 25 of 27 shots for an impressive .926 SV% on the night. It’ll be interesting to see how head coach Dave Tippett deploys his goaltending tandem — Mike Smith is 2-0 on the season with a 3.50 GAA and a .892 SV% — with the three games left on this current road trip.
The Oilers travel to New Jersey to take on Taylor Hall and the Devils. Puck drop is at 5 p.m.
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