Jay Woodcroft wanted opposing teams to fear Rogers Place. Recently, he has gotten his wish.
The Edmonton Oilers have become one of the league’s hottest teams at home. On Friday night, the Oilers matched a franchise-best nine wins in a row after defeating St. Louis 6-5, something the team last did in 2016-17 when the club made the post-season for the first time in a decade.
The Oilers have scored four or more goals in every game during the streak, which has included three games in a row of six goals or more.
Among the highlights during the streak includes Connor McDavid hitting the century point mark, while Leon Draisaitl has scored seven times himself. The strong play at home has seen Connor McDavid hit the 100 point mark as well as Leon Draisaitl scoring seven times during the nine victories at Rogers Place. Although he didn’t record a goal in their latest win, Draisaitl sits just one goal (49) behind Toronto's Auston Matthews (50) for the Rocket Richard Trophy lead.
The play of Zach Hyman and Ryan McLeod has made things interesting in Oil Country. In his first year with the Oilers, Hyman has set career-highs in both goals and points while fitting in well as a secondary offensive threat.
McLeod has chipped in during this streak with his best game of the season being a three-point performance against the Arizona Coyotes.
The homebound success has given the Oilers some breathing room in a tight Western Conference playoff race.
The Oilers find themselves third in the Pacific Division, three points clear of Vegas in the Pacific. Edmonton's play has also made the idea of tracking down the Kings a possibility in the division.
The power play during this run has also been on the upside, running at just over 30 percent, and scored in seven straight games before failing to score on the man advantage against the Kings and the Blues.
Taking advantage of high danger chances also has been a strong suit.
Only once during the streak did the Oilers not generate more high danger chances than an opponent as well as thriving on high danger goals. Against the Capitals the Oilers won the chance battle 23-6, and five of their seven goals against Detroit were high danger area ones.
The Oilers also saw two three-goal leads dissolve against the Red Wings and the Blues during this stretch. The Oilers were able to salvage an extra point in overtime against the Blues, however, to make it work..
This team has shown they can be resilient during this run but closing out winnable games is an element that at times still needs work.
Stringing together wins at home hasn't been a consistent thing this season or even in the past few seasons, but the Oilers have found ways late in the year to do it when it has mattered the most.