Can We Go Back To Playing Vancouver Again?

There’s some good news, and some bad news.

Which do you want first?

Calgary will be watching the first round of the NHL’s Playoffs from the comfort of their couches.  Don’t worry too much, Flames.  It’s comfy once you get your first six pack under your belt.  The Oilers, unfortunately, had nothing to do with Calgary’s postseason miscues.  A stats cocktail of ‘magic numbers’ and two other Western Conference games ultimately dealt Calgary the big one in 2010-11.

The Oilers had two victories in a row versus Vancouver, then laid an egg last night in Calgary.  And before we all jump down Nikolai Khabibulin’s throat, let me say that he’s a primary reason the game wasn’t 16-1 instead of 6-1 by the end.

  • Calgary amassed 47 shots last night.  That’s regulation, there was no overtime period necessary.  According to the official stats, Khabibulin turned away 20 of 20 in the first period.  That’s more shots than the Oilers amass during some entire games.  There were some typical Khabibulin moments in periods two and three, but I can’t put this one on him.  Not a chance.  Khabibulin turned aside a penalty shot
  • The Oilers took TWO too-many-men penalties last night.  I know that’s happened more than a couple times in history, but when you see it, you really can’t believe what you’re seeing.
  • JF Jacques was on the ice for one of them, in what Bruce McCurdy of the Edmonton Journal says was a “faked line change”. It neededsome refining, whatever it was.

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Magnus Paajarvi scored Edmonton’s lone goal, and his stats against Calgary look good on the year at 4G-2A in five games.  That’s good.  The Oilers have secured 30th place for the second consecutive year, and will have the highest probability of picking first in this summer’s draft…again.  Jarome Iginla was throwing points all over the scoresheet last night, laying a hat trick on Edmonton.  Really, the game should’ve been over before it started.

Two more games to go on the docket, and then we get to stretch our legs for a couple of days.  And then, the draft talk begins. It’s always an exciting time to be an Oilers fan.

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Tags: Jean-Francois Jacques Magnus Paajarvi Nikolai Khabibulin

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