The Edmonton Oilers put on a show on Wednesday night. They defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 6-1 at Rogers Place.
That makes it five straight wins for the Oilers. In four of those five wins, they scored at least five goals. On Wednesday night, they had a 2-0 lead 41 seconds into the game and led 4-0 by the time the first period was over.
The Carolina Hurricanes are the most recent team to beat the Oilers six games ago so Edmonton was able to get some revenge. That meant that the Canes had won seven of the previous nine matchups coming in.
They were motivated from the start which explains the hot start. Ryan McLeod, Mattias Ekholm, and Warren Foegele each scored one goal and Zach Hyman had a hat trick.
The Edmonton Oilers are red-hot after winning their fifth straight
Hyman is up to 15 goals on the season which ties him for fourth in the league with Sidney Crosby and Kyle Connor.
Connor McDavid had three assists which keeps his point streak alive and extends it to seven. Over those seven games, he has four goals, 15 assists, and 19 points.
In McDavid's last ten games, he leads the NHL with 22 points. That ended his early season slump and he is back in the top ten of NHL scoring.
His line with Hyman and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has been dominant during this span. Individually, McDavid has been on the ice for 57 percent of the goals scored by the Oilers during that span.
After winning five straight, the Oilers still have a long way to go. They are 10-12-1 which is good for 21 standings points and sixth in the Pacific Division. They are currently six points out of a playoff spot but they have two fewer games played than the St. Louis Blues who occupy the last Wild Card spot.
Their next battle will come on Friday night when they visit the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center. Both of these teams have recently fired their coach and have been hot ever since.