Wild 4, Oilers 2 - Anybody Want To Play On The PK Unit?

Minnesota picks up their first win, and Edmonton is handed their first loss this season following a 4-2 defeat at the hands of the Wild at the Xcel Energy Center.

I’ll give you a multiple choice as to what part of the team dogged it up tonight:

A) Goaltending

B) Penalty Kill

C) Risto Siltanen

The Penalty Kill? It stinks.

A wholly and plausibly winnable game was played last night in Minnesota.  After allowing a powerplay goal to get down 1-0, the Oilers took a 2-1 lead in the second period off of a powerplay goal from Dustin Penner and a sneaky shot from near the right point from Tom Gilbert.

And then, the flood gates opened.

Two quick powerplay goals for Mikko Koivu in the span of less than ninety seconds, and the Wild never looked back.  Magnus Paajarvi took an interference call leading to Koivu’s first, and an interference call was levelled against Jim Vandermeer that opened the door for Koivu’s second of two.

The team took to heart the need to shore up the shots – Edmonton ended up outshooting the Wild by a couple this game.  While that’s a wonderful thing to be able to do, the penalty kill was somewhat the worse for wear.

Leaving us with this-

  • Dustin Penner’s goal was a pretty good reason why you can’t leave him alone in front of the net.  Penner’s one-timer gives him two on the season.  And while we’re talking about goals, Gilbert’s was pretty sneaky, if not a laser beam.
  • Penalty kill could use a twice over.  Team isn’t going to win any games if they surrender four goals while a man down.
  • The defence (while not on the PK) looked somewhat better compared to the Florida match.  There were a few Corsis that were in the negative, but no one’s looked like they just got done winning the Masters.
  • The faceoff dot:  Great for some, abysmal for others.  Gold Star:  Gilbert Brule, who was 4/5.  Colin Fraser was right there at 7/12 and Gagner was at 7/15.  Needing a little work was Andrew Cogliano, at 1/7.

Oilers take on the Flames on Saturday in Calgary.  We’ll see if Edmonton can straighten out their penalty kill by then.

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