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NHL: Oilers heading in right direction says Tippett

Head coach Dave Tippett insists the Edmonton Oilers are heading in the right direction after they beat the Washington Capitals 5-3 on Wednesday.

The Oilers, 30/1 to win the Stanley Cup, have registered a point in six straight games (5-0-1) after going 0-5-2 between 29th December and 20th January.

Draisaitl continues to shine

Forward Leon Draisaitl had a goal and assist against the Capitals to take his team leading points tally to 63 (32 goals, 31 assists) in 42 games - the German ranks second in the NHL for points and goals.

Evander Kane, who was signed on a one-year contract after the San Jose Sharks bought out his deal, also had a goal and assist to take his points contribution to three in three (two goals, one assist).

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The recent run has been a welcome relief to Tippett, who came under heavy pressure during the Oilers' losing run.

The purple patch came after Edmonton had started the season with a franchise best ten-game start (9-1-0) and overall the Oilers have gone 23-16-3, with their improvement in form putting them right back in the play-off race sitting fifth in the Pacific Division

Koskinen inspiring Oilers

Netminder Mikko Koskinen earned particular praise from the coach after he made 24 saves against the Capitals to earn his 16th win of the season..

Tippett said to the media: "We've got things turned around. We're finding enough goals to win. Koskinen has played real solid for us in his past five games and we feel like we're back going in the right direction."

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