This season has been a lot of learning for the Oilers, every game they play the team and fans learn more about the team. While it was a long weekend it wasn’t for the Oilers as they played their first back to back games of the season. This provided us plenty of opportunities to soak up Oilers information and news. I jotted down a few things I picked up on and learned this weekend.
Morning games aren’t our thing
Last Sunday the Oilers were shut out by the Wings, Saturday the Rangers rallied via powerplay goals to come back and collect the W.
Buckle up because we have a whopping seven more morning or early afternoon morning games this season. Maybe the team will try espresso shots instead of Gatorade in their bottles?
Klefbom had by far one of the worst games I’ve ever seen from an Oilers defenceman on Saturday. He looked more lost than a millennial without their avocado toast. I was really worried how he would react during the game the very next day honestly, and it wouldn’t have surprised me if he sat in the press box for this one.
He was in the lineup against Ovie and co and actually played like the stud that we need him to be. Hopefully, this is the start of a turn around for the Swede. He hasn’t looked like the Oscar that we’ve come to love since early in the preseason.
Maroon is engaged
The Big Rig was engaged on an off the ice, literally. He proposed to his girlfriend on Thursday, who as we all know said yes! Maybe having the big question on his mind and a ring in his pocket were plaguing hockey thinking because he was completely engaged Saturday and Sunday, he just needs a little puck luck.
In 20:74 of action on Saturday Maroon fired seven shots on net, but couldn’t buy a goal. He carried that fire into Sunday’s game; he had seven shots on goal and a spirited fight. It’s unreal that he couldn’t burry one in either of these games, his puck luck has to change soon.
What is McLellan thinking?!
There hasn’t been any line juggling. The Draisaitl and McDavid line has been flatter than Saskatchewan when it comes to five on five play, instead of trying something new McLellan has stood pat on his top line. It has been frustrating to watch him coach the team at times this season, at some points I think he needs to sniff some of those smelling salts and wake up.
McLellan pre-game today: "Until we see a little bit of life from the bottom 6, we'll keep our lines the way they are. If they show a little bit of life, a little bit of ability to score, to create chances, then Leon will have some wingers."
— Reid Wilkins (@ReidWilkins) November 12, 2017
It’s a pool party
The Oilers called up young winger Jesse Puljujarvi Friday morning, and I couldn’t have been any more pumped. The youngest player in the AHL this season didn’t disappoint, he fired home a beauty of a shot against the Rangers and followed it up with a priceless interview.
Through 15:37 of action on Saturday he did have two giveaways, but had two hits and five shots on net. On Sunday he quieted down, he played 51:41 minutes of action and attempted two shots, one of which was on net. He used his big body twice delivering hits and even blocked a shot.
There has been a lot of chatter about Puljujarvi being a bust, but it’s always important to point out that he’s just an infant by NHL standards. I say we enjoy the party right now and see how the kid does, personally, I hope he keeps giving interviews and being a stud in both ends of the ice.
It’s now or never for Jujhar
Jujhar Khaira drives me absolutely nuts. I want this kid to do well, not only because he has the greatest facial hair on his rookie card, but because he can be such a dominant bottom six forward. He continually does this thing where he’s a big mean gritty guy, then ghosts on us and coasts his way through.
Tonight he finally drew back into the lineup and guess what, he did all the things that he needs to do. He got his feet moving and was very involved. He was rewarded wrapping around the net and following up. Hopefully next game he doesn’t ghost on us.
What are your thoughts on these topics? Did you learn different things from these back to back games? Let me know in the comments below!