OILERS lose heartbreaker to FLYERS, DeLaurent can’t come back, Peterka breaks through
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OILERS lose heartbreaker to FLYERS, DeLaurent can’t come back, Peterka breaks through

NHL superstar Leon Draisaitl remains mired in a slump as his Edmonton Oilers faltered against the Philadelphia Flyers. The German international tallied a minus-two rating and failed to register a point in the Oilers’ 4-1 defeat, their third loss in four games to start the season. Draisaitl’s struggles are a major concern for the Oilers, who are relying on him to be a key contributor. The 27-year-old is coming off a Hart Trophy-winning campaign in which he led the NHL in scoring with 55 goals and 124 points.

“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.

OILERS lose heartbreaker to FLYERS, DeLaurent can’t come back, Peterka breaks through

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

DRAISAITL HAS HIGH GOALS

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.

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.

Despite a false start, he has already contributed seven scoring points in the first four games of the season.

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