Palmieri, Zajac strike twice as Devils top Oilers in Sweden

Kyle Palmieri and Travis Zajac scored two goals apiece to help the New Jersey Devils to a 5-2 win against the Edmonton Oilers at the 2018 NHL Global Series Challenge before 12,044 at Scandinavium on Saturday.

Connor McDavid did his thing, collecting two helpers for Edmonton.  In fact, McDavid now has his NHL-leading 63rd multi-point game since the start of 2016-17 under his belt.   Surprise, Surprise the rest of the team still has to learn how to play. Ok, maybe, it’s not that bad… however, we did see a lot of the same mistakes from last season. No commitment to team defense. The Oilers got beat to every loose puck.

Palmieri and Zajac scored in a span of 1:09 early in the second period. Palmieri’s second goal made it 2-1 off a shot from the right circle on the power play at 2:02. Zajac extended New Jersey’s lead to 3-1 at 3:11 after taking a backhand pass from Miles Wood while skating down the slot.

The Oilers did not manage a shot for 17 minutes in the second, Very poor showing in Sweden.

Zajac made it 4-1 on a backhand shot 5:27 into the third. Draisaitl pulled the Oilers within 4-2 when he converted a 3-on-2 with Lucic and McDavid at 11:32. Noesen scored an empty-net goal to make it a 5-2 final.

Credit, the Devils they outplayed the Oilers in every way. Very little to be happy about as an Oilers fan. Essentially, it was more of the same.

One good sign,  that may have been the best game as an Oiler for Milan Lucic.

The preseason is behind us and the Oilers have a lot to improve on after this opener…