Out of all the players in Vancouver’s lineup, I didn’t see either Owen Nolan or Mike Duco rising above the mist in a victory against Edmonton. They did, and it appears that Darcy Hordichuk was dead serious about Vancouver needing to ‘be ready’ for him.
- Nothing bad to say about the goaltending. Dubnyk was 17 for 18 in 31 minutes of play, and Yann Danis was 7 of 8 for the remainder. Oilers could only muster one goal in a contest that I thought would’ve showcased their top two lines a bit more. I believe the goals are going to come for the team this year, it’s the defence I’ll go to bed worried about. That and how Mike Duco was able to score Vancouver’s GWG while shorthanded.
- Jordan Eberle looks like Jordan Eberle from last year, scoring Edmonton’s only goal on assists from Tom Gilbert and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins late in the second.
Normally, this is the point in the post where I’d show you the goal that Eberle scored. When I tried to access the goal, I was met with this unique 404, courtesy of the Oilers website.
- Uncle Ted Peckman gets into a scuffle less than one minute into the first, Darcy Hordichuk starts punching two minutes later, and Alex Plante gets a major at halfway through the first. That’s three fights in the first ten minutes of a game, wait – rather, of a preseason game. I love a good bout. But these fights were stupid. No one had scored a goal, ‘statements’ didn’t need to be sent. I can see a handful of fights happening when a game gets out of hand on the scoresheet. Unfortunately, the Oilers didn’t score six goals in this one. Hordichuk’s 12 penalty minutes (he had a second major in the third) were second to Peckham’s 15 (who had a ten minute misconduct). Moving on.
- Other notes: Sam Gagner looked pretty good at the dot tonight (as well as being a bit quicker than he looked last year), Tyler Pitlick had a chance to tie the game up late in the third on a nice pass from Magnus Paajarvi. Stationed to the immediate left of Canucks goalie Manny Legace, Pitlick would’ve nailed it if his body was on the other side of the pass. Thought Lennart Pettrell (of fourth line fame) looked pretty good for only getting twelve minutes of ice time out there. His linemates were Hordichuk and Tanner House. It’ll be interesting to see if he survives the next wave of cuts.
The Oilers will take on the Calgary Flames this Saturday as the preseason rolls on towards October.
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