Here is what we know so far about the 2013-14 Edmonton Oilers: Their defense and goaltending has been terrible, and Nail Yakupov isn't the problem.
Yakupov, the No. 1 pick in the 2012 draft, was a healthy scratch for the second straight game on Monday night, and it didn't really do anything to make the Oilers, 4-2 losers in Washington, any better as they fell to 1-4-1 on the season. Their penalty kill was overmatched, their goaltending was bad, and they still haven't figured out how to play in their own end of the ice.
Elsewhere, the Sabres remain winless thanks to their 2-1 loss at home against Minnesota and it was an old friend, Jason Pominville, helping to keep them among the league's winless by scoring the game-winning goal.
All the NHL Scores
Red Wings 3, Bruins 2
Capitals 4, Oilers 2
Wild 2, Sabres 1
On Monday, we asked you five burning questions about the day's games. These are your cool, soothing answers
1. Can the Red Wings keep-up the momentum on the power play?
No, but there's a pretty darn good reason for that: They didn't get a single power play opportunity all day. All five power plays during Detroit's 3-2 win went to the Bruins, and the only Boston penalty in the second period and that was evened up when David Krejci and Danny DeKeyser were sent off for coincidental roughing minors.
2. Can Boston hold to Detroit to less than two goals?
So close, but not quite enough. The Red Wings put up a three-spot on Boston, which turned out to be just enough to get a win. Henrik Zetterberg opened the scoring by completing a tremendous series of plays from Pavel Datsyuk, while Stephen Weiss and Dan Cleary finished the scoring for Detroit.
3. Will Nail Yakupov be a healthy scratch against the Capitals?
He was, and do you know what? It didn't help the Oilers win. Shocking. The Oilers struggled mightily in a 4-2 loss and just looked overmatched against a clearly superior team. The biggest problem with this team is its defense and goaltending. Benching Yakupov, one of the most talented players on the team, does nothing to fix that.
4. How many goals will be scored in the first period between the Capitals and Oilers?
Only two, one for each team. The Oilers actually opened the scoring with Boyd Gordon's fourth goal of the season, but Brooks Laich answered just four minutes later to tie the game. The second period was a mess for the Oilers, as they gave up three goals over a four-minute stretch, including two power play goals. One of them, a tally from Troy Brouwer, capped off some nice tic-tac-toe passing by the Capitals power play.
5. How will Jason Pominville be received in his return to Buffalo?
Pominville, playing in his first game in Buffalo since he was traded to Minnesota at last year's trade deadline, was in the starting lineup for Minnesota and the response was quite civil. He also scored the game-winning goal which had to just be a little extra salt in the wound for Sabres fans who are now watching one of the worst Sabres teams in recent memory.
The one play or moment from Monday's games that will be making headlines over the next few days
When are the Oilers going to put Nail Yakupov back into the lineup? And even more important, what are the Oilers going to do about their defense and goaltending situation?
Stat of the Night
Alex Ovechkin scored his sixth goal of the season on Monday night in his sixth game. After six games last season Ovechkin had one goal and didn't score his sixth until game No. 17. He ended up finishing the season with a league-leading 32.
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- Still no timetable for Rick Nash's return for the New York Rangers.