McDavid, Hyman establish early connection in Oilers’ blowout win over Kraken

Brendan Perlini is making a powerful case for a return to the NHL.

Perlini scored twice and Connor McDavid had a purpose and two assists because the Edmonton Oilers cruised to a 6-0 pre-season win over the enlargement Seattle Kraken on Tuesday.

After making stops in Detroit, Chicago and Arizona — the place he had 17 objectives within the 2017-18 season for the Coyotes — Perlini opted to fine-tune his sport in Switzerland final season earlier than leaping again throughout the pond and signing a one-year, two-way take care of the Oilers earlier than coaching camp.

“I’m grateful for this opportunity to come here and try and help the team and show what I am all about,” mentioned the 25-year-old ahead, who has three objectives in two pre-seasons contests.

Perlini is aware of, although, that he’ll need to have a well-rounded sport if he needs to catch on with Edmonton.

“[Oilers head coach Dave Tippett] really wants guys playing that 200-foot game and over the last year-and-a-half since I have been out of the NHL, that is something I have really worked hard on,” he mentioned. “Stealing pucks and things like that. I think I have added a whole new dimension to my game. I just look to keep putting in good efforts going forward.”

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Tippett, who coached Perlini in Arizona, mentioned he is off to an excellent begin with the Oilers.

“One of his greatest attributes is that he shoots the puck a ton and that is what he is doing right now,” he mentioned. “He is playing for his life right now, and that is good to see, a guy who is giving it everything that he has got.”

Darnell Nurse, Jesse Puljujarvi and Zach Hyman additionally scored for the Oilers (2-0 in pre-season play) who dressed by far the extra skilled lineup Tuesday.

The Kraken fell to 1-1.

Edmonton began the scoring six minutes into the opening body as Nurse went coast to coast earlier than beating Kraken goaltender Chris Driedger with a wrist shot from the slot.

Driedger stopped 18-of-23 pictures earlier than being changed by Joey Daccord to start out the third interval. Daccord had 9 saves in aid.

After stopping all 18 pictures he confronted, Mike Smith made means for Mikko Koskinen within the Edmonton web halfway by the second. Koskinen registered 16 saves.

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Oilers clutch on man-advantage

The Oilers, who’ve had the highest energy play within the NHL over the previous two seasons, got a five-on-three benefit with eight minutes remaining within the first and made essentially the most of it as Ryan Nugent-Hopkins fed a puck in entrance to Puljujarvi, who was capable of shovel it house.

Edmonton made it 3-0 4 minutes later as McDavid made a stellar move to Hyman in conjunction with the online for the redirect.

Hyman was making his first-ever look for the Oilers after signing as a free agent this summer season following six seasons in Toronto.

“It was fun to get to play with [McDavid] tonight and as we play more we will figure out each other’s tendencies, but I thought it was a good start,” Hyman mentioned.

The Oilers added to their lead with 4 minutes left within the center interval as Perlini scored his second of the pre-season on a give-and-go with Devin Shore.

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They made it 5-0 with 1:36 left within the second as Leon Draisaitl slipped it to McDavid in conjunction with the online for a power-play purpose right into a wide-open web.

Perlini continued to open some eyes two minutes into the third, rifling in an extended one-timer.

Each groups are proper again at it on Wednesday, because the Oilers journey to Winnipeg and the Kraken head to Calgary to face the Flames.