The Oilers managed to bust a slump tonight, but unfortunately, it wasn’t the right one. The Avalanche rolled into town on a five-game losing streak and the Oilers, being incredibly obliging hosts, let them slide back into the win column.
The story tonight was much like what we saw during the three losses on the road trip. The Oilers came out flat, didn’t look prepared, interested, or particularly engaged, and the other team capitalized. Colorado scored a quick goal right off the hop and then they scored again with a few minutes to go in the first period to give themselves a 2-0 lead.
The Avs would score an ugly one on the power play early on in the second period, giving them a 3-0 lead. The third goal would spell the end for Cam Talbot, who allowed three goals on 14 shots. Colorado would their lead to 4-0 a few minutes later, and while the Oilers did manage to break the shutout in the third period, they were never really in this game.
As I said, it was virtually the exact same story as it was on the road trip. But this time, there wasn’t an excuse. I was empathetic after the Florida game given the team had played a tough schedule with a bunch of games in different cities and they were justifiably burnt out. Tonight, though, they were well rested, facing a team on a five-game losing streak who had come in from Winnipeg, but they got waxed on home ice.
This effort tonight makes you wonder if the team has quit on Todd McLellan.
The bright side
- Ugh. This is the same deal with Florida again. I’m going to have a hell of a time looking for positive things to say about that game. How has BM done this for all these years?!
- The fourth line was consistently the team’s best line tonight. I’m not sure if that’s a bright side or a positive but I’m looking for good things to say so I’ll roll with it. Brodziak, Kassian, and Khaira played with consistent energy and physicality and made life difficult for the Avs. While the Oilers frequently got beat to pucks tonight, the fourth line went out there and gave the Avs hell. Kudos to them for that. The team needs all four forward lines doing that on a shift-by-shift basis.
- Mikko Koskinen played well in relief of Cam Talbot, stopping 12 of 13 shots Colorado threw at him. He also made a few big saves in the third period to keep Edmonton’s faint comeback hopes alive when the game opened up and the team was going into attack mode.
The face palmers
- This was a perfect opportunity. The Oilers were coming home from a tough four-game road trip and had an opportunity against another slumping team to make a statement. They did the opposite. The Oilers didn’t look like a team playing at home hungry for a win tonight. They came out especially slow and just got blown away by Colorado in the first period. This is an Avs team who, beyond one line, really doesn’t have much depth. Despite that, wave after wave, the Avs just blew past the Oilers, making them look slow, tired, and disinterested.
- Cam Talbot had a rough game, allowing three goals on 15 shots. I mean, the team in front of him didn’t help out whatsoever so I’m not going to pin tonight’s loss on him by any stretch, but we’re seeing too many of these mediocre outings from the guy who is supposed to be the team’s No. 1 guy.
- The Oilers have virtually zero offence behind Connor McDavid. When he isn’t on the ice, there’s virtually zero threat to score from this team. Alex Chiasson and Tobias Rieder had a nice streak with Leon Draisaitl for a few games, but we’re back into that mode in which the team looks like they’re just killing time without McDavid on the ice. When there isn’t an attack behind McDavid, it becomes that much easier for opposing teams to contain him. That was the case tonight as McDavid was held off the scoresheet and Gabe Landeskog and Nathan MacKinnon were constantly on against him making life difficult.
- I thought the refs missed quite a few calls on the Oilers, so that’s one face palmer in itself that we’re used to, but, in the same vein, the power play wasn’t good again tonight. Edmonton went 0/3 on their opportunities with the man advantage and looked pretty stagnant out there.
|00:26||Colorado||Mikko Rantanen (6) ASST: Nathan MacKinnon (12), Gabriel Landeskog (8)||1-0|
|15:33||Colorado||Carl Soderberg (6) ASST: Tyson Barrie (13), Matt Calvert (3)||2-0|
|05:06||Colorado||PPG – Alexander Kerfoot (3) ASST: Carl Soderberg (5), Samuel Girard (6)||3-0|
|10:56||Colorado||Tyson Barrie (1) ASST: Mikko Rantanen (20), Nathan MacKinnon (13)||4-0|
|09:20||Edmonton||Ty Rattie (2) ASST: Adam Larsson (6), Milan Lucic (4)||4-1|