The Oilers need wins within their division if they want a fighting chance at the playoffs. Well. They were shutout again. Patrick Maroon’s late penalty against Drew Doughty put the Kings on a five-minute power play to start the third period.
Edmonton needed a bounce-back game after a poor outing against Winnipeg, and, uhh, that did not happen.
Kailer Yamamoto reclaims the lead for USA with a great effort pic.twitter.com/yuKK09IZzq
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) January 3, 2018
Kailer Yamamoto scores for the United States, after his rebound follows him and he puts it home.
What a move by Eberle to strip Carlo on the goal
— Rob Taub (@RTaub_) January 3, 2018
Jordan Eberle steals the puck from Brandon Carlo and dekes out the goaltender to tie the game for
Edmonton New York. Well, at least Ryan Strome had two hits? Still waiting for Cap Space to show up on the stat sheet, though.
— CTV Edmonton (@ctvedmonton) January 3, 2018
The Oilers were cold for most of last night, but Edmonton warmed up quite a bit yesterday. After a frosty couple weeks, including a very chilly New Year’s Eve, the weather snapped its cold streak and warmed up a bit.
Jordan Kyrou has a hilarious reaction after scoring with Drake Batherson’s stick pic.twitter.com/M95H4yrbNz
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) January 2, 2018
This is pretty cool. Jordan Kyrou’s stick breaks. He goes to the bench and Drake Batherson’s hands him his. The play goes on, and Kyrou eventually score with Batherson’s stick. Neat!
The Oilers had some decent attempts, but couldn’t beat Jonathan Quick. Some came in garbage time after the Kings had put the game away already, but the Oilers were legitimately in the game up until Maroon’s hit on Doughty. Los Angeles still controlled most of the game but did their damage on the five-minute major.
- The Oilers have basically given up any ground they gained with their previous four-game winning streak. This loss being against Los Angeles makes it hurt even more.
- Anaheim won. Las Vegas won. Minnesota won. Colorado won. It was a bad night for scoreboard watching.
- The Kings are having a nice year, but their defence after Drew Doughty, Jake Muzzin, and Alec Martinez doesn’t excite me. The Oilers were able to take advantage when Kurtis MacDermid was on the ice. Derek Forbort is a capable defenceman, but they could use another depth guy.
- The Oilers need to do something about their penalty kill. It’s clearly not working. Change the personnel, anything. That might mean acquiring a penalty-killing forward, since they’re limited in that regard. Maroon and Milan Lucic don’t kill penalties, same with Mike Cammallerli. Ryan Strome hasn’t been a regular on the PK much in his career. Jesse Puljujarvi might eventually, but it’s too early to ask him. McLellan needs more options.