It hasn’t taken long for Oscar Klefbom to buy into what Ken Hitchcock has been preaching.Klefbom looks to continue his timely production for the Edmonton Oilers when they play host to the Minnesota Wild on Friday night.Selected 19th overall in the 2011 NHL Draft Troy Brouwer Jersey Womens , Klefbom’s best season came in 2016-17, when he established career bests with 12 goals, 26 assists and 38 points. After slumping to 21 points in just 66 contests last season — and a slow start in 2018 — the Swedish defenseman has rediscovered his offensive skills.More Wild coveragePhotos of the Week: 12/30/18 – 1/5/19Wild Breakaway: Wild start slow, finish fast in beating OttawaSpurgeon scores twice, Wild beat Senators 4-3WATCH: Wild’s Spurgeon scores pair of goals vs. OttawaSt. Cloud State’s Ryan Poehling shines at World Junior ChampionshipKlefbom has 15 points in 28 games, but has thrived since Hitchcock took over as coach on Nov. 20 for the fired Todd McLellan.In eight games, Klefbom has scored all three of his goals with four assists. Two of his markers were game-winners in back-to-back contests, and he had the tying tally in the final minute of regulation as Edmonton (14-12-2) went on to a 3-2 shootout win over the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night.“Klefbom let go a bomb,” teammate Zack Kassian said.Klefbom is also averaging nearly 26 minutes of ice time per game, a team high. He’s also got quite a fan in his captain.“Just scores big goals — overtime winner, game-winner late in the third and now a game-tying goal,” Connor McDavid said after the Oilers’ fourth win in five games. “He’s been great for us, not even because he scores goals. He plays a lot of minutes, plays hard http://www.officialavalanche.com/authentic-adidas-sven-andrighetto-jersey , kills penalties, shuts guys down.”Klefbom has assists in seven of 10 career games against Minnesota. And Hitchcock said the message of getting the puck to the net is getting through to the six-year veteran.“I think when you have good players up front, sometimes you defer and we’re trying to get him to shoot the puck. We’re trying to get him to pound it off the net and he’s starting to do that stuff,” Hitchcock said.Edmonton fell to the Wild 4-3 on Oct. 30 at Rogers Place. Since the start of the 2010-11 season, the Oilers are 2-11-3 at home against Minnesota (15-11-2).The Wild have a quick turnaround after their fourth loss in five games, a 2-0 defeat to the Calgary Flames on Thursday. Mikko Koivu left with an injury following a hit by Mark Giordano in the third period, and the longtime captain’s status for this game is not immediately known.Coach Bruce Boudreau said he did not have an update on Koivu, who is tied for the team lead with 17 assists and has 21 points.Minnesota, which is trying to wrap up a three-game trip through Western Canada with a winning mark, is 4-1-0 in the back ends of games played on consecutive nights this season.“At the end of the day, especially a game like tonight where we lost the game, it’s always fun going right back at it,” winger Nino Niederreiter said.After backup Wild goaltender Alex Stalock made 18 saves versus Calgary, Devan Dubnyk is expected to get the nod against the team that picked him 14th overall in the 2004 draft.Dubnyk is 3-1-0 with a 1.24 goals-against average http://www.officialcanadiensprostore.com/authentic-adidas-phillip-danault-jersey , a .947 save percentage and one shutout in four road starts against the Oilers after being acquired from the Arizona Coyotes in January 2015. His 144 wins since being dealt are the second-most in the league behind the Washington Capitals‘ Braden Holtby (154).Zach Parise, who is expected to appear in his 900th NHL game for Minnesota, has collected nine of his 13 goals on the road this season. One of those tallies came on the power play against Edmonton in October. NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ryan Johansen’s patience in the shootout is making Minnesota goalies very angry and grabbing extra points for Nashville.Johansen skated in slowly on Devan Dubnyk before beating the sprawled-out netminder for the lone goal in a shootout, and the Predators beat Minnesota 5-4 on Tuesday for their second win against the Wild in three nights.“It’s nice,” Johansen said. “It’s a tough spot when all eyes are just on you and you have to go down and make a play. It’s nice to be able to help the team win and contribute in that way.”Johansen also got the game-winner in the fourth round of a shootout Sunday when the Predators edged the Wild 3-2 in Minnesota, pushing the puck past the outstretched pad of Alex Stalock. This time, he scored after Kyle Turris, Ryan Ellis and Filip Forsberg all were stopped.Dubnyk immediately called for the goal to be waved off, arguing Johansen stopped completely on his approach. He called the goal a “mockery.”“Obviously, I’m frustrated because we’re on the wrong side of it, but you’ve got a guy standing at the top of the crease not moving, stickhandling,” Dubnyk said. “I’m down and out and he stands there and looks at me while I’m trying to lift my pad up and still waits and then shoots the puck in the net.”Ryan Donato had one last chance Womens Craig Smith Jersey , only to see Predators goalie Pekka Rinne stop his shot.Viktor Arvidsson had a goal and an assist. Roman Josi, Brian Boyle and Craig Smith also scored for Nashville, which clinched the season series by winning the first three games. The final matchup between the Central Division rivals is March 25 in Minnesota.Nashville coach Peter Laviolette called Johansen’s shootout style “methodical.” Josi said he isn’t sure how his teammate does it.“I would be way too nervous to hold onto the puck for that long, but he does it every game and he’s pretty good at it,” Josi said.Kevin Fiala scored two goals in his first multi-goal game this season against his old team, the second forcing OT to earn the Wild a point in their seventh straight game. Pontus Aberg and Eric Fehr each scored for Minnesota, which entered in the second wild-card slot in the Western Conference.Wild coach Bruce Boudreau took his timeout with 2:22 left in regulation, and Minnesota scored off the faceoff. The puck squirted over to Fiala, who scored from the edge of the slot.“He showed that he’s got some pretty good skills, and they were on display,” Boudreau said.In the shootout, Fiala hit the post. Aberg also missed, and Zach Parise lost the puck before his shot for Minnesota.This game was opposite night, with the Predators’ latest trade acquisitions finally debuting in Nashville after Wayne Simmonds joined his new team a week ago in St. Louis and Mikael Granlund played his first two games on the road. And both Fiala and Anthony Bitetto played their first game back in Nashville after the Predators swapped Fiala for Granlund at the deadline.The Predators took a 1-0 lead when Smith scored at 1:48 with a snap shot from the slot off a rebound for a 1-0 lead.When Smith couldn’t handle the puck in the neutral zone Filip Forsberg Jersey , Fiala skated in and took it away. He skated up to the left circle and squeezed the puck between Rinne’s stick and the post for his first goal with Minnesota and 11th of the season to tie it 1-all at 15:25.The Predators made those trades, including a deal adding Boyle on Feb. 6, to boost the NHL’s worst power-play unit. Boyle parked himself in front of Dubnyk on Nashville’s first man advantage of the game, and he screened Dubnyk on P.K. Subban’s snap shot from the point for a 2-1 lead at 13:38 of the second.Aberg tied it again at 17:49, scoring off a wrister past his former teammate.Wild forward Jason Zucker went to the locker room after a collision knocked him to the ice early in the third and later returned. Minnesota took a 3-2 lead on Fehr’s shot from the slot off an assist from Marcus Foligno at 2:25, but it lasted only 24 seconds before Josi scored his 15th this season off a wrister.Arvidsson put Nashville up 4-3 with the Predators’ second goal of the third period, skating up the right side and snapping off a shot from the right circle that went under Dubnyk’s right arm. The goal was Arvidsson’s 28th this season and 14th in 21 games.NOTES: Josi tied his career high with his 15th goal. … Matt Donovan got his first point with Nashville when he assisted on Smith’s goal, the defenseman’s first point in the NHL since Dec. 11, 2014. … Nashville defenseman Yannick Weber was out with an upper-body injury.UP NEXTWild: Visit the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night.Predators: Host the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night.
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