The Edmonton Oilers may not have gotten a great shake the past week in the NHL's Super 16 ratings. The Oilers finished 8th in the subjective power rankings at NHL.com with one contributor, Shawn Roarke, putting them as low as 15th. However, power rankings are one thing and the standings are another. Edmonton enter the weekend as the top team in the western conference following a win over the Vancouver Canucks on Friday night.

Cam Talbot has another shutout

Cam Talbot remained hot in net for the Oilers as he stopped all 26 of the shots that he faced. The effort improves his record on the season to 7-1-0 and he has a save percentage of .934.

It was his second shutout in his last three outings as he blanked the Winnipeg Jets last weekend. In between, he gave up just one goal to Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals earlier this week, a game that Edmoton won 4-1. Over his last four games, Talbot has stopped 125 of 127 shots for an amazing short-term percentage of .984.

Goal scorers in Edmonton's win included Connor McDavid. The young captain of the Oilers scored his 5th goal of the season, one that would end up the game winner at 11:31 of the second period. Milan Lucic scored the insurance goal in the third for what was his second point of the game. The Canucks, who were hosting, lost their fourth straight and are now 4-3-1 on the year as Edmonton improve to 7-1-0.

What's next for both teams?

The Oilers will return home to close out the month. They host the Ottawa Senators on Sunday evening in a game that will come from Rogers Place. The start time for that game is 7pm MT and it's one that the Oilers should be favorites in. By the time the start time of the game rolls around it will have been two weeks since the Oilers lost a 6-2 decision to the Buffalo Sabres.

For the Vancouver Canucks, there is no rest for the weary and nor is there any dip in competition level. Vancouver play on Saturday night at 7pm PT against the visiting Washington Capitals. Given how cold Vancouver have turned that looks like a tough team to face without a full day's rest to recuperate.

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