Oilers Slip Out Of Minnesota With A Point

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Probably the most comforting thing I've ever read by Jim Matheson

Ales Hemsky was pulled from the game after sustaining a shoulder injury, and it’s a relief to hear Renney say that it’s ‘sore’ and nothing else.  A pretty big drag, as the Oilers would’ve probably gone to Hemsky during the shootout, but let’s take solace in knowing that no one has to run around picking up pieces of Hemsky off the glass or boards right now.

Other matters of great importance:

  • Game could’ve really gotten out of hand after the first if it wasn’t for the solid play of Khabibulin.  The Oilers had a successful first period, yet only managed ten shots in the last 45 minutes of play.
  • Looked like Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was kept off the ice for several shifts in the third period.  It’s not my team to run, but there’s a good chance I’m going to play the guy who has 50% of my team’s total goals on the season when I just happen to be looking for a goal.  RNH’s faceoff numbers leave plenty of things to be desired at this point, but he’s just a pair of games in.  So far, I like what I see.
  • Not sure what to make of the Belanger / Horcoff flip.  Belanger did have an assist on Smyth’s goal.  Not sure if this will matter come Saturday against Vancouver.
  • The puck was in the Oiler zone an awful lot this past game.  I know I keep mentioning Ryan Whitney’s name, but he can’t come back soon enough.

The Wild took it to the Oilers over the last two periods of the game.  Fortunately, Khabibulin stood tall.  Although the Oilers’ winless streak continues in Minnesota, they were able to sneak a point out of a game that could’ve gone very badly.  The Oilers have three points in two games on the season.

The Oilers will play Vancouver at Rexall Place on Saturday.

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Tags: Darcy Hordichuk Devan Dubnyk Eric Belanger Jeff Petry Ladislav Smid Lennart Petrell Nikolai Khabibulin Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Ryan Smyth Ryan Whitney Shawn Horcoff Theo Peckham

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