Petrell's stick needs two more feet. Screencap taken from Sportsnet West.

Oilers Fizzle Out In Chicago


Glad this road trip is finally over?

You can be sure the Oilers are.

After going 2-1 during the first half of this trip, the Oilers dropped their next three straight including last night’s 6-3 defeat at the hands of the Hawk to finish at 2-4-0 on this six game road trip.

There’s a game review after the jump.  You’ll enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it, I’m sure.

Definitely not a statistics guru, but I’m fairly confident in saying that a team is more likely to lose games if they allow the first two goals to the opposing team.  That’s what happened in Boston, and it happened again in Chicago last night.  Edmonton never led in this game, and while there were a few good things that happened (like Eberle’s goal),  an overwhelming number of bad things (the whole allowing six goal thing) occurred as well.

Let’s get happy.

GOOD

  • Fresh out of the sin bin, Jordan Eberle’s goal.

What a goal.  Remind you of anything?  Shame the Oilers were already down 4-1 when this goal was scored.  Such a great goal when the game was all but put out of reach.  Eberle finished with a goal and an assist on the night.

  • Ryan Smyth continued his presence on the score sheet, scoring in the first period to make it 2-1 Oilers.  The goal was Smyth’s tenth of the year, and he’s averaging a point per game (17 in 17 GP) so far.  Shawn Horcoff had the other Oiler tally.

LESS GOOD

  • Magnus Paajarvi needs a pep talk and an Aero Bar.  Maybe he needs Peps Persson and an Aero Bar.  Whatever he needs, someone get it to him, as he played less than Ben Eager last night with just 8:36 in ice time.  A goal would probably help too.
  • Chicago’s Steve Montador scored twice last night.  That in itself isn’t a tragedy, but this stick check by Oil On Whyte favourite Lennart Petrell on Montador isn’t going to win you any milkshakes at the diner.  See the whole thing unravel here.
  • Remember a few days ago when I said the Oilers needed more scoring from their third and fourth lines?  Hasn’t happened yet.  There’s another chance on Thursday versus the Senators.
  • Put it all together and it just hasn’t happened for the Oilers the last few nights.  Khabibulin looks like an NHL goaltender instead of a robot blocking puck machine with laser gun barrels, the Oilers are developing a tendency to allow a second goal right after a first goal, and it’s costing them in the win column.  The Oilers are home for two games before a four game road trip.

Oilers get another shot for two points on Thursday versus the Senators.

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Tags: Jordan Eberle Lennart Petrell Linus Omark Nikolai Khabibulin Ryan Smyth Shawn Horcoff