The Scouting Report: Edmonton Oilers

Monday, 01.04.2013 / 3:15 PM
Aaron Vickers  - CalgaryFlames.com (@aavickers)

THE SCOUTING REPORT

CALGARY, AB -- The Edmonton Oilers are hoping to extend their three-game winning streak at the expense of their provincial rival Monday at Rexall Place.

The Oilers closed out the month of March allowing just four goals over that winning streak, all in a 6-4 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets last Thursday. The stretch includes shutouts over the St. Louis Blues and Vancouver Canucks.

SEASON SERIES

Flames Season Series Record: 1-0-0

The Flames and Oilers have met just once this season with Calgary earning a 4-3 victory at Scotiabank Saddledome on the strength of Lee Stempniak's goal and two assists. Mikael Backlund, Jay Bouwmeester and Curtis Glencross also scored for the Flames while Miikka Kiprusoff made 17 saves.

WHO'S HOT

TAYLOR HALL

Fresh off a record-setting first period hat-trick against the Vancouver Canucks, Hall has been firing on all cylinders for the Oilers. His trio of goals just 473 seconds into the first period of Saturday's game is the fastest from the drop of the puck in franchise history, eclipsing Wayne Gretzky's mark of 12:38. The feat caps off a four-game point scoring streak that has seen Hall record five goals and eight points. The former first overall pick currently leads the team in assists with 23 and in points with 34.

WHO'S NOT

NAIL YAKUPOV

Another former first overall pick, Yakupov hasn't found the same immediate success as the likes of Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Yakupov has just one assist in his last five games and hasn't found the back of the net since February 25th. The 19-year-old will hope April will be a more productive month after recording just five assists in March.

THREE PLAYERS TO WATCH

JUSTIN SCHULTZ

Despite not playing a game in the minors after January 5th, Schultz still remains the American Hockey League leader among defensemen in goals (18) and points (48). He hasn't been too shabby at the National Hockey League level either, with five goals and 16 points in 34 games as he continues to navigate through his first professional season.

MAGNUS PAAJARVI

Though not as celebrated as other recent first round picks, Paajarvi is slowing carving out his niche in the NHL after struggling to find consistency in North America early in his career. The 21-year-old has bounced between the Oilers and Oklahoma City Barons, but has seen increased responsibility as the season continues.

SAM GAGNER

Gagner, considered ancient at the age of 23 in comparison to some of the team's other forwards, is experiencing his most productive season to date. The five-foot-11 forward has 13 goals and 31 points in 34 games this season. The former sixth overall pick is the most productive member of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft class after first overall pick Patrick Kane.

BY THE NUMBERS

Edmonton Record This Season: 14-13-7 (11th in Western Conference)

Edmonton Record Last Season: 32-40-10 (14th in Western Conference)

Calgary Record This Season: 13-16-4 (14th in Western Conference)

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