Stars 3, Oilers 2 – Positive Effort Yields Predictable Result


Seven.

That’s how many games out of forty-one that Edmonton has led the shot count at the end of the game.  For all of you math guys out there, that could proportionately be written as a fraction.

Here is an example:  7/41.

A quick run on my calculator tab would turn that fraction into a percentage just over 17%.  In other words, that would mean that the Oilers have been outshot over 80% of the time this year.

In a strange twist of events, the Oilers more than doubled the amount of shots on Dallas.  Kari Lehtonen was twice as busy as Nikolai Khabibulin between the pipes last night.  As happy a story as that sounds, the results stayed the same.

THE GOOD

This.

Line number 4 had their fair share of the limelight last night – here, JF Jacques is rewarded for being in front of a juicy rebound from a Smid point shot.  JF Jacques hasn’t gotten much satisfaction, and when you’re can halve a 2-0 deficit, things are good.  Also of note:  Along with Ladislav Smid, Steve MacIntyre  got a point on this goal.  If this event was a prop bet, I can only assume that the payout would have been at least a hundred to one.

Probably more like 1500-1.

Ryan Jones scored his tenth of the season last night.  Jones is pulling just under a million this year, and he’d likely be in line for a raise if he can double his goal output by season’s end.  The Edmonton penalty kill was 100% last night, although Dallas had but one opportunity with the extra man.  Silver linings!

THE BAD

Remember what an abysmal subject the penalty kill was about a month ago?  That was so last month.  Now, it’s the power play that’s taken a nosedive.  I can’t tell you the last time the Oilers scored a powerplay goal.  I think it was Taylor Hall’s goal against the Kings…two days before Christmas.  That little streak will continue until at least tomorrow as the team was 0/3 last night.   And as much as I believe that getting Khabibulin some quality starts in order to make him look good near trade deadline day, when you’re allowing 3 goals on 20 shots (.850 SV%), you’re not doing yourself any favours.

THE REST

Although Taylor Chorney was -1 with just over twelve minutes of ice time, he certainly didn’t stink up the joint with his play.  Oilers are currently playing with 3 defencemen who didn’t start the season on the big squad in Peckham, Petry and Chorney.   Oilers were able to outshoot the Stars 41-20 overall, and while it didn’t earn then two points, a W in the standings, or waves of celebratory champagne corks being popped, it’s a positive sign.

The Oilers take on the Sharks tomorrow night in San Jose. We’ll definitely be pregaming for that one.

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