Penguins top the visiting Oilers
In a light schedule in the NHL, the Pittsburgh Penguins were the only Eastern Conference team to take to the ice on Wednesday as they defeated the Edmonton Oilers 3-1.
The Penguins spotted the Oilers a Leon Draisaitl goal in the first period and then rallied for the win as Bryan Rust, Teddy Blueger and Jared McCann all lit the lamp for the hosts.
Matt Murray turned away 38 of the 39 shots that he faced in the Pittsburgh goal as the Penguins moved even with the Columbus Blue Jackets for third place in the Metropolitan Division.
The Penguins are 16/1 to win the division with the Blue Jackets 5000/1 and the Washington Capitals 1/50.
Pittsburgh completed the season sweep over the Oilers with the win and will try to do the same when they entertain the Calgary Flames.
The Penguins routed the Flames 9-1 back in October in a match up before anyone suspected that Calgary was going to become a contender this season.
Thursday the Blue Jackets return to the ice when they welcome in the Metropolitan Division leading New York Islanders to the Nationwide Arena.
New York took the first meeting between these two sides at the start of December and the Islanders will be looking to bounce back after falling to the Buffalo Sabres last time out.
Also seeking a win will be the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals, who are currently in second in the Division, three points behind New York and having played one game more.
The Capitals are in San Jose to face the Sharks at the SAP Center with hopes of snapping San Jose's six-game winning streak. The Capitals are 31/20 to win with the Sharks 4/7.
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