The Oilers absolutely had to have this game. A two goal performance from former Oiler Radek Dvorak coupled with a one goal performance by the Oilers would prevent Edmonton from grasping two points and a legitimate chance to fight for the second season.
- The same stories are getting tougher to digest at this point of the season. The Oilers weren’t able to string together any flow in their play, scoring just once. The goal was some Happy Gilmore stuff from the right faceoff circle. More on that later.
- Devan Dubnyk delivers the groceries once again. Third-star honours with 36 saves on 38 shots. He’ll need a little support in the goal scoring department. You gotta get more than one goal if you’re going to beat the second place team in the Western Conference.
- Tonight’s game was Anaheim’s second in a back-to-back, but the Oilers were the ones who looked restless for much of the game. After a solid start to the game, the Ducks threw 20 unanswered shots on Dubnyk. It’s a miracle this game ended 2-1.
- Let’s watch the Oilers goal scored by Nick Schultz.
That was an ugly tying goal. Good on Nick Schultz for taking that sand wedge near the top of the circle, but when that’s your only goal, there’s gonna be trouble.
- Anaheim’s adventures on the scoreboard were no screaming hell either, but they did manage to get twice as many goals as the Oilers. Radek Dvorak (2006!) was responsible for both Duck goals, and the Ducks took two points on the strength of those goals.
- Did I mention 38 shots allowed? The Oilers allowed 38 shots, and are averaging 32.8 shots allowed per game this season, good for 29th in the league. Only Buffalo (33) has allowed more shots than Edmonton this year. The Oilers are three-tenths of a shot per game off of their worst season performance (33.1 in 2009-10) since the 2004-05 lockout. That’s very, very bad.
- Justin Schultz caught a few boos in Anaheim, but he also caught a few boos in Vancouver. Anaheim fans were booing Nick Schultz for a good portion of the first period, so there’s that.
- Oilers are back home for a game against Phoenix on Wednesday. Win one and let’s see what happens next.
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