January 28 2013 11:45PM
Their powerplay gave them a 3-0 lead, but then the Oilers relied on Devan Dubnyk's 35 saves in the final 40 minutes to preserve the 4-1 victory.
The Oilers played their best first period of the season. They stayed out of the penalty box and applied consistent pressure in the offensive zone at EV strength forcing the Avalanche to take three first-period penalties.
Then their powerplay took over.
January 28 2013 01:14PM
In four games the Edmonton Oilers have a whopping two goals while playing 5-on-5. Jordan Eberle scored one v. Vancouver and Taylor Hall potted the other against the Sharks. NHL.com says they have four goals at EV, but two of them came with an extra skater in the final five seconds of the game, Nail Yakupov v. LA and Sam Gagner v. Calgary, so to me those are 6-on-5 goals and come with an EV asterisk.
The Oilers have played almost 165 minutes of 5-on-5 hockey and they have a paltry two goals, and to make matters worse they've given up nine at even strength.
If the Oilers are going to stay competitive in the western conference they need to start scoring at EV, and their top line needs to produce more.
January 25 2013 12:37AM
I suspect every Oiler fan was five seconds away from losing their mind on the referees, after one of the worst officiated NHL games I've seen in years, but then in a span of four seconds Nail Yakupov, who was horrific at batting practice in Pittsburgh at the 2012 draft, did his best Jose Bautista and Theo Fleury impersonations and OilersNation went into hysterics.
I'm sure some fun sponge will claim Yakupov's celebration was over the top, but in a sport, and society, that has become incredibly politically correct it was a welcome change.
January 24 2013 01:20PM
After facing the heaviest team in the NHL on Tuesday the Oilers face the 2nd heaviest team tonight. The LA Kings average weight is 210 pounds, and the only forwards shorter than 6'1" are Dustin Brown, 6'0", while Mike Richards and Brad Richardson stand 5'11". Richards and Brown are two of their most physical forwards, so the Oilers need to be ready to compete.
Tonight will be a great test to see how they bounce back from a disastrous first period against the Sharks.
January 23 2013 02:11PM
Not even free beer could brighten the spirits of Oilers fans after sitting through the worst first period of a home opener in franchise history.
The Oilers stunk.
They couldn't play defence.
They rarely had the puck.
They didn't get any saves from their goalie.
They took too many penalties.