A TIME FOR CONCERN
Remember a month ago when all the Oilers would do is win? Everything was going right. Goals from the top line, goals from the second line, Khabibulin was playing out of his mind, and all the pieces fit into the right places?
The Oilers happen to not be enjoying any of the luxuries we talked about in the last sentence.
Let’s begin the review process after the jump.
THINGS YOU CAN’T DO ON HOME ICE
From the top down, it’s a pretty simple game. Score more goals than your opponent does, and you win. There are keys to winning, however. One of these keys should be noted and circled with a giant red Sharpie, and that’s ‘don’t allow a pair of goals in nine seconds’. Ottawa rookie Colin Greening had a goal seven minutes in, and Kaspars Daugavins had another one nine seconds afterwards.
The Oilers yielded three first period goals on seven shots. Khabibulin was pulled in favour of Devan Dubnyk, but the game was already out of reach. Once the eight minute mark of the first period had elapsed, the Oilers had a tough time amounting much of anything.
LET’S GET HAPPY
- All that secondary scoring I’ve been bitching about blossoms a little bit here, as Anton Lander scores his first career goal on an assist from Lennart Petrell (TWO points on the fourth line? I’m about to have a heart attack). As far as first career goals go, this one’s worth a second look. Plus, it’s shorthanded. Nice goal, Anton.
- Ryan Jones scored one while the Oilers were a man up in the final minute of the third. Didn’t do much on the scoresheet, but Jones is quietly making his case to be a 15 goal scorer again. Jones has seven points (4-3-7) on the year, good for seventh on the team. Ryan Smyth had an assist on the goal, his eighteenth point in eighteen games.
That’s all the niceties in this one.
- YOU THOUGHT THE DEFENCE HAD ISSUES BEFORE: Get that red pen out again. Corey Potter left the game in the middle frame with what’s being called a sprained ankle. Turn it off, I can’t even look. Even the mildest sprain is likely a month off. Corey Potter is one of the nice surprises that’s come about on this year’s Oilers. Andy Sutton didn’t play last night due to a strained groin, and Ryan Whitney hasn’t yet returned from his sprained ankle. This leaves Smid, Gilbert, Petry, and Peckham (who’s been having a bit of a rough go at it lately). And two guys. Who, Teubert and Chorney? Plante? If the time to pull a deal wasn’t yesterday, it’s today.
- Two goals in nine seconds. Sorry to keep coming back to that one.
- The second goal in that nine second span scored by Kaspars (I want to type Kasparaitis) Daugavins is the exact kind of goal that the Oilers simply cannot allow if they are to remain competitive during a game. One thing to get scored on, it’s a complete other thing to meander through the faceoff. There’s no reason this goal should’ve happened, and any wind the Oilers were looking to build up got shot down quick.
- The Senators were able to manage just sixteen shots, yet scored five goals. You can fill this one in.
Injury lengths and updates will be passed along once I hear them. What changes between now and Saturday’s game versus the Blackhawks?
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