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Wake With Elias: Are the lucky Oilers primed for regression?

Also, Pettersson has a post crisis.

Vancouver Canucks v Edmonton Oilers
Zack Kassian #44 of the Edmonton Oilers skates against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Place on January 14, 2021 in Edmonton, Canada.
Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images

If there’s one constant when it pertains to luck, it’s that it never lasts.

That’s not good news for the Edmonton Oilers, who have been one of the luckiest teams in hockey over the last month.

Since the tail end of January, the Oilers have gone on a 9-2 run to catapult into second in the North Division. It’s the kind of run the Canucks need if they want to stay relevant, but luck has gone in both directions for either club.

While the Oilers are eventually bound to have their luck change, I’m not sure the Canucks are good enough to end up with the same luck as the Oilers.

Sure, it could happen, but as I wrote about yesterday, a lack of depth contributions is going to hamper this team’s ability to do anything in 2020-21.

In other Canucks News...

  • Speaking of luck, Elias Pettersson is (apparently) hitting more posts than anyone in NHL history [Vancouver Is Awesome]
  • An update on Canucks prospects, with a spotlight on the red-hot Jonah Gadjovich [The Province]
  • It’s time for the Canucks to ride Demko as their #1...something they arguably should have been doing a month ago. [Daily Hive]
  • Are the Canucks king of moral victories? Nick Bondi gets into that with Jamie Dodd on the latest episode of Power of the Towel [Nucks Misconduct Podcast Network]

Around the NHL

  • Here’s a look at the top forward lines, defence pairs and goaltenders in the NHL this season [Sportsnet]
  • How has realignment impacted the NHL standings? [TSN]
  • Just when you thought Loui Eriksson’s contract was bad, Jeff Skinner ($9 million/year) ended up in the press box for the first time in his career yesterday [NHL]
  • Finally, a look at some of the “cooler” goaltending controversies in the NHL right now. [The Hockey Writers]