Where to begin?
Here are some facts, presented without opinion or bias.
- The Oilers lost a shootout to the last place team in the NHL last night.
- The Oilers are three points from a playoff spot.
- The Oilers are also three points away from the cellar.
- The Oilers were outshot and outchanced by the last place team in the NHL.
Now, for the less objective.
- The Oilers were able to hang three goals on Columbus’ starting netminder Steve Mason, but two of them probably should have been turned away. Glad to see Jeff Petry open up the scoring early in the first but Andre Racicot could’ve turned aside a wrist shot from the blue line with his eyes closed. Without Mason starting this game (and allowing three goals on eight shots), the Oilers don’t come within sniffing distance of overtime. Sergei Bobrovsky came in after Magnus Paajarvi scored (second goal in two games), and didn’t allow another goal.
- Ryan Whitney scored Edmonton’s second goal, his second goal in three games. Doesn’t erase the penalty taken seven minutes prior that helped contribute to Columbus’ second goal, but it goes a long way, and it’s good to see Whitney score after being banished to the press box for so long.
- Who had Petry dropping the gloves last night? Not I. Not you.
- That’s Columbus’ fourth line against Edmonton’s fourth line. There are a couple breakdowns here. See if you can spot them.
- If Ryan Smyth is going to be a part of the Edmonton Oilers for the next couple of years, he’ll need to play on the wing. No more starting at 4C. Deal?
- When does Shawn Horcoff come back?
Oilers have been outshot 111-67 over last three games.
— Reid Wilkins (@ReidWilkins) March 6, 2013
- “The Oilers addressed a need by acquiring a guy with some sandpaper in Mike Brown” or some other similar rubbish. Whatever “need” that was addressed didn’t involve keeping the Blue Jackets from shooting the puck 38 times. I really thought that Brown was going to give Edmonton the guided tour of his services (fight Derek Dorsett), but Petry must’ve stolen his thunder earlier in the evening.
- Mike Brown finished with more ice time than Nail Yakupov last night. Strangely enough, they didn’t throw Brown into a PK role, which is something that was talked about quite a bit when the trade was made.
- Amazingly, amazingly, somehow this team sneaked into overtime. The Oilers even had a 4 on 3 power play, and Jordan Eberle had two opportunities to end this event and send the Oilers to Detroit with two points. Eberle was a questionable start as he was recovering from a puck to the hand of Nail Yakupov on Sunday. Don’t know if that played into the result, but I would’ve bet a dollar that Eberle would’ve buried the chance.
- HELLO, CENTRAL DIVISION Oilers are 1-2-2 on the current road trip with four games remaining. Next four opponents : Detroit, Chicago, Nashville, and then Colorado to round up the nine.
The road trip continues.
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