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Wild 4, Oilers 3: Closer, Yet Not Close Enough

FIRST TWELVE GAMES: 9-3-2

SINCE THEN:  6-15-1

Whether you’re into stats, or you think they’re the devil, going 6-15-1 since over the last 22 games is a pretty damning line of numbers.

Last night’s game came from a team that looked like they wanted to win.  Some guys had an exceptional night.  If it wasn’t for about twenty seconds in the second period when the Oilers yielded a pair of biscuits, they might have a couple of points to hang their hats on going into Long Island tomorrow.

So what’s good?

Taylor Hall: still good.

Taylor Hall had a goal and an assist in last night’s contest.  The goal was a pretty little feed from Jordan Eberle very early on in the first period.  This goal-scoring behaviour is to be instructed throughout a sixty minute contest.

Imagine how much fun this will be when the team can sit on a lead.

Hall’s two point night gives him 24 points (10-14-24) on 28 games played so far this year.  Jordan Eberle now sits at 39 points in 36 contests.  Not to detract from Ryan Nugent-Hopkins’ stellar rookie season so far, but Eberle is bailing hay and driving it to town.

  • Ladislav Smid is a goal scoring machine.  What I mean by all of this is that Smid had a goal in last night’s contest.  Ben Eager had an assist on the goal.  Usually when Smid and Eager’s names are on the scoresheet, good things happen.
  • Ales Hemsky played in his first game since sitting a couple with a sinus infection.  Hemsky didn’t have any points, but he had some significant scoring opportunities, including a big pipe ringer in the third.  Not quite sure why this guy gets the flack he does, and I’m not exactly sure why many Oiler fans think there’s going to be a worthwhile return if he’s dealt as a rent-a-player.  From everything I’ve ever seen from the guy, he’s always said he wants to play in Edmonton.  A near PPG career player saying they’d like to play for the Oilers.  Moving on.
  • The Oilers finished with 30 shots on the night.  Not an awful total by any stretch.  All hell broke loose in the second when the Wild were able to score a pair of goals in nineteen seconds.  Oilers went down 3-1, it eventually became 4-2.  Devan Dubnyk played well in relief.
  • Darcy Hordichuk had 2:43 ice time, and ten PIM.  And from the looks of things, no pads on his elbows in this fight against Matt Kassian.

The Oilers take on the Islanders tomorrow in a matinee game.  Puck drop is slated for 11:00 AM, which is going to be tough if you’re familiar with the on-game elements.

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