The Oilers opened the scoring with a quick goal from Nail Yakupov from Ales Hemsky.
And other than the once again brilliant play of Devan Dubnyk, that’s about as good as it gets.
This game could have easily gotten out of hand if Dubnyk wasn’t on his game.
Let’s do the bullets
- Teemu Hartikainen isn’t getting enough love. This guy is great. He goes to the net, he causes trouble for the opposition in front of the net, he takes hits, and he hits. Oh, he’s a part of the power play, and he’s not a doofus with the puck. I’m a big fan of Teemu Hartikainen, and I become a bigger fan every time he plays.
- As a precaution, Shawn Horcoff didn’t get to play today. Anton Lander started out on the third line. Your third line was comprised of 94-57-37, your fourth line was 56-20-16. 16 played for a total of…3:23. Wow, that’s more than I thought.
- Team is allowing way too many shots. Today, it was 40. Remember last year when the team was 7-2-2 and still allowing a tonne of shots per game? It caught up quick once Khabibulin fell to Earth.
- Ryan Whitney got beat on the second goal pretty good. Puck was initially coughed up at the Avalanche blue line at the end of an Oilers power play. Whitney is caught in no man’s land and the puck gets to the stick of Colorado’s Jamie McGinn for the game winner.
- The Oilers are 4-3-1 right now. I fully expect this team’s shooting percentage to go up a bit, but I also don’t think Devan Dubnyk will continue to play at a .958 SV% like he has over the past four games.
- STOP WITH THE TALK ABOUT BREAKING UP THE TOP SIX. THIS IS A TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD VERY BAD IDEA. Gagner is a PPG so far. Taylor Hall is killing it. I don’t think anyone’s upset with Yakupov’s play, seeing as how he leads the team in goals. Nugent-Hopkins doesn’t have a goal through eight games, we get it. Regression is awesome here. He will bounce back. He might need a greasy goal, and he almost had it today. Top six will be fine.
Too soon to panic, but the defence has got to tighten up. If the Oilers keep allowing 40 shots per game, the Oilers will need to start scoring at least four goals per game.
The team comes back to Edmonton to take on the Canucks. I assume people will be pretty excited.
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