This headline was inspired by Bruce McCurdy, Lover of the Sciences. We’re going with it.
Tonight’s theme? Enough. That’s what it took to beat Vancouver tonight, and the Oilers had it.
As an added bonus, enough to chase Luongo from his crease.
The Oilers also had enough to hold on, a welcome change after last week’s debacle vs. Minnesota. Let’s go!
We called this one. It’s the first one we got right in eight attempts, but our shooting percentage is 12.5, and that’s not bad.
When the team wins, we talk about the good things first. It’s like eating your pudding before your meat. But really, how can you have any pudding if you don’t eat your meat?
- Nikolai Khabibulin – come get your prize. The Salo save is ridiculous. Khabibulin had another monster performance, turning aside 35 out of 37 Canuck shots. The puck has to look as big as a beach ball out there, Sorry, Dan Cloutier. Khabibulin’s 35 saves easily outnumbered the 19 saves made from the Luongo-Schneider combo.
- TROUBLE IN RIVER CITY: What is going on with Roberto Luongo? Luongo was yanked at the 27 minute mark after allowing Edmonton’s third goal. Luongo was replaced by Cory Schneider, who stopped the remainder of Edmonton’s shots. Luongo finished the night with 11 saves on 14 shots, or a SV% of .786. Luongo’s season hasn’t started off the way that Canuck fans had anticipated, and he sits at 2-3-1 with a 3.41 GAA and a .868 SV%. I’m sure these will turn around quite a bit eventually, but running a guy with twice the GAA of his backup is a tough sell in any city, let alone the city that finished runner-up in last year’s Cup Finals.
The Youth Line of Edmonton (or whatever you’d like to call it) continues to click. Goals by Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall helped compile five points between the 4-93-14 line. Both Hall and Eberle have 7 points on the season, while Nugent-Hopkins has 8.
- EVERYONE LOVES LENNART – And if you don’t, you should. And because you’re here, I’ll tell you why. 4RW Lennart Petrell is what you want in a fourth line guy – he’s averaging almost 11 minutes a game, he can skate and not look out of place, he’s not a complete neanderthal with the puck, and he HITS. I haven’t done any digging about how many hits Petrell has, but I’d be willing to wager a dollar that he’s number one or two on the team in this particular statistic. Also please note that Petrell plays eleven minutes a game, and not something insignificant around one or two minutes. Petrell is a contributor, a solid contributor on a fourth line that has actual NHL players on it. So love up to Lennart.
- THE BS DEPARTMENT: Anybody counting the blocked shots this team is accumulating? They were out in full force last night. Ladislav Smid currently leads the team with 31 blocked pucks. That’s nearly four blocked shot a game. Andy Sutton has 15, and Tom Gilbert has 9.
- WHITNEY STATUS: One guy who didn’t get more than five minutes last night was Ryan Whitney. Whitney suffered a knee injury, something Coach Renney is calling a ‘sprained ankle…nothing signifcant‘ according to Dan Tencer. Can’t keep Whitney out for long.
The Oilers will try to make it three in a row when they face off against the Washington Capitals tomorrow night.
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