Edmonton Oilers Vs Los Angeles- Game 4 Morning After

Los Angeles Kings score goal against the Edmonton Oilers Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Los Angeles Kings score goal against the Edmonton Oilers Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports /

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Last night the Los Angeles Kings were able to tie up the series with the Edmonton Oilers. The Oilers went back to the way they played in game 1. They were out played in almost every aspect of the game and the score reflected that.

Edmonton Oilers Positives

  • We know the Edmonton Oilers can play better.
  • Killed all 3 penalties they took.
  • Mike Smith’s 0.933SV% is still a strong save percentage.
  • This was the best game Ryan Nugent-Hopkins played. He was involved physically which was nice to see.
  • Evander Kane still looked like one of the Oilers top players, with 5 shots on goal.

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Edmonton Oilers Negatives

  • Another slow start by the Edmonton Oilers.
  • The Oilers were heavily outshot by LA, 46-31.
    • Outshot by 10 in the first period and 8 in the second.
  • Tough night for the Keith and Bouchard pairing.
  • The Oilers need to figure out how to make the Danault line a non-factor.
  • The Oilers need to win more faceoffs. It seemed like every time they need a win it would be a clean win for LA.
  • Powerplay wasn’t able to get anything going.

Quick Breakdown

From the drop of the puck you could tell that the Edmonton Oilers were going to have a tough night. The puck seemed to always end up on a Los Angeles players stick after a battle, no matter which zone it was in.

Quick played another good game. He made a lot a big saves, where in the last couple games went in. There was also a couple of times where the puck went right through the crease, if there was an Oilers player in the right spot there would have been several easy tap ins.

The Edmonton Oilers had 3 opportunities and in all 3 chances they weren’t able to create any chances. I don’t know if they won a single face while on the powerplay. That gave the Kings an instant clear right at the puck drop on the powerplay.

The Edmonton Oilers did have couple of streaks where they were buzzing. Unfortunately they were few and far between. They just couldn’t seem to get anything going last night. This was mostly because the Kings appeared to be to more hungry team out there tonight.

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Moving Forward

The Edmonton Oilers need to go back to the game they played in games 2 and 3. They were hungry on the ice and wanted to not only beat the Los Angeles Kings, but they wanted to bury them.

I believe they came into this game assuming they could just play a lazy game and win again. Losing this game hopefully will teach them that in the playoffs there is no lazy games and that you always need to put your foot on the pedal it you expect to go deep.

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