Thursday night was an excellent one in the NHL if you are a fan of the Edmonton Oilers. Not only did they defeat one of their divisional antagonists in the San Jose Sharks 3-2, a result that moves Edmonton into 2nd place
Last year saw the Canadian-based franchises in the NHL shut out of the playoffs. At the time, I felt that it was partly due to bad luck as both the Montreal Canadiens and the Edmonton Oilers had major injuries
At this point the Hart Memorial Trophy looks like it will go to either Sidney Crosby or Connor McDavid. The scoring race is very close at this point and whoever wins it should definitely earn some extra points with the voters.
The San Jose Sharks were sitting pretty for a long time this NHL season, but their lead is winnowing down giving the Edmonton Oilers a chance to take a bite out of it.
The Chicago Blackhawks have made a race out of the Central Division in the Western Conference. Winners of six straight, Chicago kept their hot streak alive on Friday night as they defeated the New York Islanders
The season is not over in the NHL, however, the trade deadline is approaching and teams are preparing for the home stretch. Players that haven't had the greatest season-to-date can still do plenty to improve their year-end totals.