See the last two games? More of that.
A game that could’ve been 6-2 turned out to be only about half that bad. Oilers got outshot by a wide margin, the Sharks powerplay that eventually caught fire was inept for a significant part of the game, and the points keep slipping away.
Join us for a fun recap after the jump.
Let’s go right into the bullets today. A fondue pot of thought.
- The Oilers can’t save themselves from getting outshot. 20 shots against Phoenix, 16 against Calgary last Saturday. They did manage 25 tonight, but San Jose was able to best that by a dozen.
- Jordan Eberle had a pretty goal to put the Oilers up 1-0. Here it is. Somewhat more interesting is Ryan Jones scoring his tenth goal of the season on a shorthanded giveaway.
At this very moment, Pavelski just remembered he left his oven on. Ryan Jones has ten goals on the season. He’s not thinking twenty, but he’s thinking twenty. If he keeps getting seventeen minutes of ice time per game like he did last night, his chances only go up.
Getting kind of crazy up here with all this praise for Nikolai Khabibulin, but it’s deserved. Khabibulin did his part in turning away 34 of 37 San Jose shots. Would like to see how he does with about ten less. Not sure if we’re going to see that without a move. Hey, Bryan McCabe? Not serious, just kinda serious.
- Anyone want to debate the whole Hordichuk/Eager ice time thing again? Both players had less than ten minutes combined ice time . (Hordichuk had four and a half, Eager had five and a quarter). Renney has gone on record saying something about a physical presence in the lineup. Good! I’m on board. Can that physical presence play more than four or five minutes a night?
- The points, they are adding up. Problem is, they’re not adding up for the Oilers right now. Edmonton sits at 31 points, a clear six out of eighth. Things aren’t about to get easier for them as they return back to Rexall Place on Monday night against the Red Wings. I’d like to pick an easier opponent for Edmonton to try and begin a winning streak, but if by some chance the Oilers could knock off Detroit, it’d be a fine place to start. We’re about one game away from voodoo.
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