Lacklustre

You’re not going to win very many games at this level when your team averages one shot per five minutes.

Except…that’s exactly what the Oilers did last night, amassing just twelve shots in a sixty-minute regulation game.

There are highlights after the jump. They’re really more Duck highlights, or in this case, “Duck Highlight”, but you’re already here, so go ahead and click.

There’s a very good chance that whenever the team loses by three, four or more goals that I’m quick to point out how bad the goaltending was.  And, let’s be fair – Dubnyk certainly didn’t have an MVP night (you’re not going to have many of those when you allow a goal on the first shot of the night).

At this point, it was still tied at 0. Photo courtesy EdmontonOilers.com

If Teemu Selanne goes out this year, he’s going out with gas still left in the tank. That’s his seventeenth goal of the 2010-11 campaign. Selanne has 53 points this year, which would clearly outpace any Edmonton Oiler this season (Penner is at 36 points, and I’m very pleased about that).

What to say?  The game was stagnant.  It was full of hot air.  Twelve shots (and there’s a whole other discussion as to how many of those shots were “quality shots”).  Devan Dubnyk  was 11/15 on the night, and was replaced by Nikolai Khabibulin after allowing the fourth goal.  Bobby Ryan had himself a pair of goals, and the Oilers had twelve shots.

I know we’ve covered that already, but tough.

TAYLOR CHORNEY IS READY TO ROLL

And just when you thought news couldn’t get any better, the Oilers are sending down Jeff Petry in favour of Taylor Chorney.  To Chorney’s defence, he wasn’t terrible during his last stint with the Oilers, and rolling Chorney on some D assignments isn’t the end of the world.  Still believe that Petry has a legit shot to open the 2011-12 season on the Oiler blue, as I was impressed with his TOI especially in his first few games on the big club.

The Oilers go after the Dallas Stars tomorrow as the season keeps a-clickin’ along.  Let’s hope for an exciting battle, as the Oilers have played the Stars quite well this season.  Perhaps we’ll see a two to three hundred per cent increase in total shots tomorrow night.

AND~! If you’re reading this right now, the Leafs have dealt Kris Versteeg to the Flyers for a first and a third round pick in the 2011 NHL Draft. While I hope the deal works out for both Philly (ahem, Philly) and Toronto, what implications does this have for both Hemsky and Penner?

If Hemsky goes, I won’t be able to look to see what comes back. You tell me if it happens.

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Topics: Bobby Ryan, Devan Dubnyk, Jeff Petry, Nikolai Khabibulin, Taylor Chorney, Teemu Selanne

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