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Oilers 6, Avalanche 4 post-game Oil Spills: Offence up, Klefbom down

The Oilers got their difficult two-game road trip through the Central Division off to a good start. They beat the high-flying Colorado Avalanche 6-4, giving them two offensive explosions in their last three games.

What happened…

Getting offence from the bottom-six! Darnell Nurse carried the puck behind the net, wrapped in out front, got a shot on net, and Kyle Brodziak picked up the rebound for an early 1-0. This play began with nice boards work from JJ Khaira and a smart pinch by Nurse to join the play.

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Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored a couple goals half-way through the second period, then Leon Draisaitl fed Connor McDavid with this insane saucer pass that pretty much iced the game. Draisaitl has the puck on his backhand and sends it tape-to-tape to McDavid mid-stride.

Mikko Koskinen might have allowed four goals, but he still had a damn good performance. The Avs are a team with firepower who can very quickly erase leads. Koskinen allowed, I’d say, one soft goal, which was Mikko Rantanen’s goal in the second, but he stopped  39 of 43 shots and ensured Colorado couldn’t get a comeback going with some big stops.

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Unfortunately, it wasnt’t all good news last night. Oscar Klefbom left the game with an injury and it was reported after the game he had a broken finger and will miss “weeks.”

By the numbers…

It’s hard to look at numbers from a game like this because so much of the stats are tilted due to score effects. The game was tightly contested in the first 30 minutes, but after the Oilers went up 4-0, score effects came into play. The Oilers reverted back into a shell to slow the game down and preserve their lead and Colorado started to rise up on the shot attempt clock. Still, even though Edmonton conceded 17 shot attempts in the third and only had five of their own, they gave up only two high danger chances.

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  • Emotions from this game are obviously conflicted. All in all, it was a great showing against a good team on the road. But still, it’s hard not to be upset that Oscar Klefbom got injured. That’s going to be a tough injury to navigate as Klefbom has been Edmonton’s horse on the blueline this year. It’s also really unfortunate timing as the team is starting to hit its stride this season.
  • Still, Klefbom injury aside, that was a really promising win. The Oilers have now scored seven and six goals against Minnesota and Colorado respectively, two teams who figure to be in the playoff mix this year. While I do agree grinding out 1-0 wins against Calgary is fine, I would much, much rather see the Oilers blowing up for five, six, and seven-goal explosions.
  • One of the brightest spots behind Edmonton’s recent offensive surge has been Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. He’s generating offence without Connor McDavid on his line, which is huge. RNH now has 29 points in 31 games, putting him on pace to shatter his career-high of 56 points.

  • 99CupsofCoffey

    It was great seeing Nuge wearing the black bike helmet and vest after the game. LOL, i love it that they do that. Spooner looked quite dashing wearing it a few games ago as well.

    • CaptainCanada94

      Dear Peter C,

      If you are entertaining any trades for Nuge, please don’t… Unless it is a guaranteed homerun deal, hang up the phone. The value of Nuge to this hockey team is nearly irreplaceable. Other teams will not be willing to give up the type of players we would need to replace Nuge. Again, please hang up the phone. These rumors of Boston & Krug…… stop getting fleeced!

      Let’s maybe look at delegating the trade function? Your track record of value in return is pretty ugly…That delegation can allow you to focus on finding value signings in the offseason ei) Maroon, Koskinen, Chiasson ect… your killing these…

      Oilers fans

  • ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    Checking my iPhone’s slide rule, with 50 ft between blue lines and 85 ft from east to west, the hypotenuse of that Draisaitl pass was ~95 ft to McDavid–and at speed (assuming McD’s 5 ft from the boards). That’s crazy.

    I don’t know if I’m more impressed with Drai’s backhand pass or McDavid’s speed and finish, but that was a men-against-boys goal–almost like their typical 3-3 execution but with two other witnesses to their brilliance.
    In all seriousness, this is one of those (many) moments when you realize we’re watching the best hockey on the planet when these two are on their game. Savour it.

  • Alberta Ice

    Way back in December of 2015, the Penguins fired Mike Johnston and hired Mike Sullivan. The Penguins were doing lousy and the change of coach changed their season. Presto – two Stanley Cups in two years. Hey, are the Oilers the Penguins of that year? Congratulations to Hitch for moving this ship back to a playoff spot. (And I like his smile behind the bench. Must be enjoying coming out of retirement.)

  • JariCurry

    I like how nemeth drops his stick after the Mcdavid goal. He basically said ARE YOU KIDDING ME?? FML. That pass plus that reception plus the finish is just a slap in the face!