THE FLAT EARTH
And on the sixth day, there were no goals.
The Oilers rolled out an effort that looked like they were playing the Canucks on back-to-back. To make matters worse, they got no help in the standings from teams around the playoff bubble.
- NET VALUE - Krueger’s decision to roll with Nikolai Khabibulin for last night’s game was a bit baffling, but it didn’t matter anyway. The team in front of him was unable to score any goals. Here’s where I would normally make some kind of a shooter-tutor joke to the detriment of Khabibulin, but literally, it wouldn’t have mattered. Khabibulin was solid when necessary, and didn’t allow any softies. Khabibulin turned aside 24 of 28 shots.
- SPECIAL TEAMS FALL FLAT - Oilers were unable to do anything on the power play, going 0/4. Vancouver was 1/5 on the power play. I’m sure that playing the second half of a back-to-back had a significant portion as to why this team rolled out a clunker, but the Canucks were by far the better team on the ice.
- CANUCKS GET SERVICEABLE GOALTENDING – The Oilers were unable to score on the first few shots of the game. I say that partly in jest, but things are truthfully easier when you score two or three goals in the first two or three shots, chase the opposition’s netminder and force the other team on the backs of their heels. Cory Schneider delivered a shutout, and things were solid for Vancouver
- WHAT ELSE HAPPENED LAST NIGHT?
- Columbus defeated Nashville,
- St. Louis won in a shootout. St.Louis is now one up on the Oilers with two games in hand.
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