When I wrote about the Edmonton Oilers a couple of weeks ago, I suggested that their October schedule looked "soft" (October 11th). However, two games that stood out to me as not being soft were ones against the St. Louis Blues and the Washington Capitals, two games that Edmonton has been fortunate to host. The Oilers have won both of those games as part of a 6-1-0 start that has put them on top of the Pacific Division standings.

Game recap for Edmonton vs. Washington

Edmonton beat Washington on Thursday night from Rogers Place behind a strong defensive performance that saw Cam Talbot make 34 saves.

The Edmonton goaltender did not have a great start to the season in the early games against Calgary and Buffalo in my view. However, he has since sealed the cracks and he currently has a .927 save percentage with one shutout victory coming from the Heritage Classic over the weekend.

Benoit Pouliot was also big in Edmonton's victory against the Capitals. After a scoreless first period, he scored twice in the second period, including what was the eventual game-winner. Alex Ovechkin made things interesting very early in the third with a goal, however, Connor McDavid(interviewed in the video below by OilersTV) had two assists after that to give Edmonton the 4-1 win. Patrick Maroon and Milan Lucic also scored while Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had two assists in the game.

What's next for both teams?

The Oilers head out on the road for their next game as they travel to Vancouver to face the Canucks. The game looks a bit tricky, because of the fact that the Canucks will host it. Vancouver have played well at home this season with a 4-1-0 record. However, they have played poorly in their most recent games overall and that has diluted their hot start a bit.

Game time from Vancouver on Friday night is 7pm PT.

Washington, who fell to 3-2-1 with the loss, will remain in western Canada for the next several days. They are right behind Edmonton as they face Vancouver on Saturday night (7pm PT) before heading to Calgary for a Monday game (7:30pm MT).

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