The Edmonton Oilers aim to keep their early season success on special teams going Wednesday night when they host the Philadelphia Flyers.
The Oilers have the best penalty killing in the NHL at 95 per cent. Their power play is second at 40 per cent.
“We’re a confident group right now,” said Leon Draisaitl of the power play unit. “We work hard at it, and we make the right plays at the right time so far.”
Neal has been the key man with the man advantage, potting six of the Oilers eight power play goals.
“He’s really smart around the net. He knows where to go. He knows how to position himself,” explained Draisaitl.
The Oilers are coming off their first loss of the season and boast a record of 5-1-0.
“We should have that ‘never lose two in a row’ kind of mentality,” said Draisaitl.
Forward Joakim Nygard will be out two to four weeks with a rib injury.
The Oilers expected lineup is:
Draisaitl – McDavid – Kassian
Neal – Nugent-Hopkins – Chiasson
Khaira – Sheahan – P. Russell
Jurco – Granlund – Archibald
Klefbom – Persson
Nurse – Bear
K. Russell – Benning
Sherwood Park native Carter Hart is expected to start in goal for the Flyers.
Catch the game on 630 CHED with the Face-off Show at 6 p.m. and play-by-play at 7:30 p.m.