OILERS upset FLYERS, DeLaurent slumps, Petka shines

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Superstar Leon Draisaitl’s struggles continue as the Edmonton Oilers stumble out of the gate. The German international and his Canadian team fell 1-4 to the Philadelphia Flyers, marking their third loss in four games. The 27-year-old failed to register a point for the first time this season and was on the ice for two goals against.

“It’s obvious we have to play at a whole different level if we’re going to achieve our goals,” star player Connor McDavid said, “Obviously it’s only four games, but they definitely weren’t good. It’s time we finally started playing better.”

Runner-up John-Jason Peterka also conceded his third loss in the fourth game with the Buffalo Sabres.

Buffalo lost 3:4 to the Calgary Flames despite the second goal of the season of the Munich. National teammate Nico Sturm lost 1:3 with the San Jose Sharks against the Boston Bruins, Lukas Reichel went down with the Chicago Blackhawks in the 0:4 against Colorado Avalanche.

From a German perspective, only goalkeeper Philipp Grubauer and his team had reason to celebrate.


The 7:4 victory of his Seattle Kraken against the Carolina Hurricanes was also the first win of the season. Grubauer had to give way to competitor Joey Daccord in goal, however, and spent the entire game on the bench.

OILERS upset FLYERS, DeLaurent slumps, Petka shines

Draisaitl has set his sights high with the Oilers for his tenth NHL season.
After Edmonton was defeated in the playoffs by the eventual winners in each of the last two seasons, winning the Stanley Cup is the “ultimate goal” for the center.

He turned in a seven-point performance on the field despite a fake out in the first four games of the season.

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