Oilers vs. Jets recap

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I don’t worry too much about the score in preseason games, especially when the opposition ices a lineup with minimal NHL players. The Jets roster had limited NHL talent, but the players who dressed are still trying to impress Paul Maurice, so the Oilers, despite having more skill, still needed to work hard.

Lineups:

Pouliot-RNH-Eberle
Lander-Draisaitl-Yakupov
Hendricks-Letestu-Korpikoski
Slepyshev-Yakimov-Christoffer

Klefbom-Schultz
Reinhart-Gryba
Nurse-Oesterle

Talbot

Jets

Burmistrov-Lowry-De Leo
Halischuk-Cormier-Lipon
Fraser-Copp-Armia
Raffl-Olsen-Kosmachuk

Pardy-Chariot
Kichton-Harrison
Melchiori-Nogier

Hutchison

Here is what I saw tonight:

1st PERIOD

  • Talbot looks like he shook off Monday’s rust. He is tracking
    the puck nicely and makes a few solid pad stops.

  • Nurse with the first penalty. Jets PP doesn’t do much, which
    is to be expected considering their lineup.

  • Oilers 5-on-3 scores early. RNH to Schultz, who slides down
    low from the right point, and one times a quick snap shot short side. 1-0
    Oilers.

  • Oilers get a few more good
    chances later in the 5-on-4 PP, but can’t score.                

  • Korpikoski is very strong on his
    skates. When he leans on players, he easily puts them off balance. He doesn’t
    run guys over, but he uses his speed and strength to knock them off the puck. Very
    effective.

  • Off a faceoff Christoffer takes
    an interference penalty. Jets PP looks anemic again.

  • Raffl crunched Oesterle along the
    boards. It might not have looked like a big hit on TV, but it hurt Oesterle. It
    jarred his shoulder and he was in pain on the bench. Those hits are deceptively
    painful.

  • Klefbom gets rocked at the
    blueline by Lipon and Schultz doesn’t hesitate and goes after him. This is
    exactly what the Oilers need to do, especially in exhibition. Stand up for each
    other. Great to see. Schultz and Lipon get roughing minors. If Schultz plays
    with this type of passion all season, he will go from many fans’ doghouse to the
    penthouse.
  • Burmistrov walks around Oesterle
    at the blueline and forces Oesterle to take a hooking penalty. He got caught
    backing in with two hands on his stick, and couldn’t turn. I’m sure when they show
    him the tape they will remind him to have one free hand in that situation.
    Struds was sitting beside me in the pressbox and he he stood up and gave us a
    quick example of how to defend with one hand on your stick. Too bad the in
    house camera didn’t catch him in action like they did a few years ago when he
    was telling a story. He is a beauty.
  • Jets go PP. They don’t get any
    good chances, but 61 seconds later Gryba is penalized for cross checking.
    Nurse, Schultz and Letestu on PK. Jets with no real puck movement and Talbot
    makes an easy stop. Reinhart, Klefbom and Hendricks kill off the remainder of
    5-on-3. Jets PP simply doesn’t have the skill set to take advantage of having an
    extra attacker.
  • Jets were terrible on the PP, but
    they were quicker than the Oilers all period. Oilers will need to move their
    feet and get skating. Shots were 16-10 for Winnipeg. Oilers forwards had three
    shots, but the defence had seven. Glass half full or half empty? The Jets had way more energy in the first frame.

2ND PERIOD….

  • Reinhart with a very good play
    from the point. The puck comes to him at the left point, and without looking
    down, he controls puck, sees the Jets forward, slides an inch to the left and
    fires a shot that hits the post. A really good play.
  • Whether it happens on October 8th
    or later this year, once Nurse is a regular in the lineup he is going to be
    a fan favourite. There is so much to like about his game, but later in his shift he
    over commits on a play that leads to both D-men being in the corner, and then he
    makes a bad change which leads to Matt Fraser getting a partial breakaway.
    Talbot with another solid pad save.
  • Strudwick is sitting beside me and he devouring his bag of
    popcorn like it’s his first beer on a Friday night. He sees me laughing and looks
    over and says, “This is dinner. I had a bowl of soup for lunch.” Don’t you work
    at dinner TV? I think he needs some pull around that station, so they at least
    feed him once every six hours. During the TV timeout he goes and gets another bag
    of popcorn. This bag lasts over 20 minutes, unlike the first one which he crushed in less than three.
  • In case you haven’t noticed not
    much is happening on the ice. This is a tough game to watch. However, the
    Oilers have out shot the Jets 5-0 in the first seven minutes of the frame.
  • Yakupov with a sneaky move from
    out of the corner, but Hutchison stops his quick snapper.
  • Christoffer continues to impress
    me. He is destined for the AHL, but if he keeps playing like this he might earn himself a two-way contract in the future. His motor never stops.
  • Hendricks with a hard hit in the
    corner, but gets called for boarding. Jets back on PP, where they have
    struggled mightily. They manage one weak shot on this man advantage.
  • Schultz with
    another strong play along the boards. He looks stronger and much more assertive
    on the ice. This is unexpected, but a huge positive for the Oilers. He is a
    very good skater, and if he just bumps into players he will knock them off the
    puck.
  • The fourth line with a strong shift started by Christoffer. He drives hard to the net, but
    slides the puck wide. It stays in the zone and leads to a good chance for
    Slepyshev and one for Schultz.
  • Reinhart makes the right play
    most of the time. Very poised with the puck.
  • A lucky bounce finds RNH wide
    open in the slot, but he fires it high and wide.
  • Adam Lowry is a pain to play
    against. I like the Jets NHL lineup, but they lack high-end offensive players.
    They make life uncomfortable for teams, but until they get some pure finishers
    I’m not sure they can make a deep run in the playoffs.

  • Oilers out shoot the Jets 12-8 in the second, but Winnipeg still leads 24-22 overall. Talbot has looked very sharp. He’s tracked pucks well, has had good rebound control and has been very efficient with his movements. When I spoke to him after the trade, he said he wanted to cut down on wasting energy when making saves. I’m far from a goalie expert, but he has looked very calm and relaxed when moving post to post.

 3RD PERIOD

  •  Eric Comrie starts in goal for the Jets.
  • Oesterle rushes another pass. He hasn’t looked as good as he did on Monday.
  • Hendricks is tripped racing for a lose puck and Oilers go on the PP. RNH line with Schultz and Klefbom. RNH wins the faceoff and ten seconds later Eberle flips home a rebound over a sprawled Comrie. 2-0 Oilers. Pouliot and RNH pick up assists.

  • Chariot rips a one-timer from the point that beats a screened Talbot. There were no Jets in front, and Nurse lost where he was on the ice and Talbot couldn’t see it. 2-1 Oilers with 14:30 remaining.

  • Schultz walks in from the point, but doesn’t pull the trigger. He usually loves shooting from there. A missed opportunity.
  • Jump Around by House of Pain is still a great song.
  • Christoffer takes a hooking penalty and Jets back on the PP. If they manage more than one shot on goal I will be surprised. They got no shots. Reinhart did block one though.
  • There are nine minutes remaining. I wish we could go to three-on-three right now.
  • Just as I was typing the Jets tied the game. Lowry with a high, hard wrister from the slot. I think Talbot went down a tad early. Raffl with the assist. He has been very good for the Jets. 2-2.

  • Does anyone actually scream when the in-house announcer yells, “Somebody scream?” I doubt it. I think it is time to retire that saying.

  • Jets have worked hard tonight. They don’t have much skill in their lineup, PP proved that, but they have not been outclassed 5-on-5.
  • Yakimov is a large man. He weighs 230 and he protects the puck very well. He needs to move his feet more, but he has potential to be an NHLer down the road.
  • Christoffer with another penalty. No worries though, the Jets won’t get a shot on goal. Bingo, they don’t, and Matt Hendricks breaks away and is tripped up and rewarded a penalty shot with 12 seconds remaining on the PP.
  • Hendricks uses his patented leg-kick, fake shot, deke to forehand and beats Comrie. He fanned a bit on shot, but Comrie was so far out of the net it didn’t matter. 3-2 Oilers. He uses this move so often, Matt Laughlin in Washington named it “The Paralyzer.”



  • Just as PP expires Jets get two quality chances. They are much better at EV than they are on the PP tonight.

  • Jets call a timeout and pull Comrie with 1:09 remaining. Letestu line and Gryba/Reinhart on to protect lead. Expect this forward line on in these situations often in regular season. RNH line comes on with 38 seconds remaining with Klefbom and Schultz. Oilers win 3-2 and now they will play 3-on-3.

3-on-3 OT…

  •  Draisaitl, Yakupov and Klefbom vs. De Leo, Fraser and Chariot. Jets control off the faceoff, and enter the Oilers zone, but they turn the puck over. Draisaitl to Yakupov and they have a two-on-none. Yak back to Draisaitl, but his return pass is too far in front of Yakupov and they don’t get a shot.
  • I love this format. So much room on the ice. Once a team has possession in the offensive zone it is tough to defend.
  • Kosmachuk with a good chance, but Talbot makes the save.
  • Eberle, RNH and Schultz have been a trio twice in this format, and they have controlled the puck, but when they create a scoring chance they miss the net. Oilers call a timeout with 34 seconds remaining. Damn you McLellan.
  • Letestu, Pouliot and Schultz take the draw, but neither team creates a chance and it ends without a goal.

QUICK HITS…

Reinhart’s overall game was better than Nurse’s tonight. Nurse’s
potential is great, but the small parts of his game need some refining.
The Oilers have the luxury of being patient with him, and I will be very
surprised if he doesn’t start the season in the AHL. That isn’t a knock
on his ability or potential, but tonight Reinhart was better at
simple things. Move the puck quickly, stay in the lane. But can Reinhart look this poised against NHL speed? We will see later as preseason progresses and the lineups are filled with more NHL players.

McLellan mentioned he didn’t like their situational play. “We didn’t read who was tired. We didn’t recognize which side to attack. Systems are one thing, but we will need to discuss what they saw in specific situations and how we can improve those decisions moving forward.”

 Three Stars:

1. Justin Schultz: Had a goal, but more importantly he showed an edge we haven’t seen before.
2. Griffin Reinhart: Very poised all night. He didn’t take any risks. He made the smart, safe play all game.
3. Adam Lowry: He is load to play against. Big, strong and involved all night.

What were your thoughts?

  • AJ88

    Geez, I wonder if Shultz has a good year and lives up to his potential who the next scapegoat will be for the ON armchair critics. I am asking because I believe Shultz will be a different player this year and I know ON likes to pick out players individually within a team sport.

  • smiliegirl15

    It almost seemed, in the three on three, that since it didn’t matter, they were making extra passes, trying things and less urgency than if it had been a real three on three.