Hey, the Oilers won!
The Oilers lost three defencemen last night.
Please recall yesterday when we were somewhat gleefully discussing our options at the already thin defence. Who was going to make the team? Petry? Fedun? Chorney?
After last night’s performance, a significant part of that equation doesn’t have a ghost of a chance to be around on opening night.
I’ve watched the replay of Taylor Fedun crashing into the boards more than a couple of times, and I’d be glad if I never had to see it again. Fedun’s season is shot (and maybe his career) after he tangles up with Minnesota’s Eric Nystrom on the race to an iced puck. I’m not getting on my soapbox here, and I’m not going to jump into what will certainly become a week of people shouting TOUCH ICING!!! NO TOUCH ICING!!!
To borrow from the AP Stylebook, it sucks. Fedun’s going in trying to make a legit play on a puck, and this happens. Nystrom has since apologized for the incident, and that’s the right thing to do. Refer to my AP Stylebook quote for more info. Add to the mix that both Ladislav Smid (shoulder) and Taylor Chorney (knee) also were unable to finish, and you’ll clearly see why the final score didn’t matter in this one.
We’ll likely find out the timetables for Smid and Chorney’s injuries look like, but with Smid especially, this creates another significant hole in the defence.
THE (QUICK) WRAP
By the way – the Oilers did win 4-3. Anton Lander had both a penalty shot goal and a shootout goal to help propel Edmonton to their fifth win in the preseason. Ryan Jones and Linus Omark had a pair of goals within thirty seconds of each other in the third, and Devan Dubnyk finished with 22 saves in 65 minutes of work.
The Canucks host the Oilers tonight in Edmonton’s final preseason game. I can’t wait to see the roster.
Thoughts, prayers and well-wishes go out to Taylor Fedun. Also on a lesser note: to Edmonton’s defence corps.
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