Inside the Nation: McDavid vs refs, Puljujarvi on the powerplay, and Koskinen’s road struggles

Hello there! We’re back with another episode of Inside the Nation, a Facebook Live video where Dustin Nielson chats all things Oilers and answers some of your burning questions.

The Oilers are just getting off a tough loss to the Vancouver Canucks last night and are looking to bounce back against the Blues tomorrow night. Giving up three shorthanded goals was not ideal, so Dusty talks about what the Oilers can improve with their penalty kill. He speaks a little bit about Draisaitl’s minutes, and whether or not they should find a replacement for him on the PK as well.

Jesse Puljujarvi had a great game last night again and got some excellent praise from Ken Hitchcock after the game. If Jesse’s been playing so well lately, and our penalty kill has sucked, maybe it’s time to try Jesse on the PK? This is something Dustin Nielson dives into and gives his thoughts on. Tying it into the question of the day, Dusty talks about whether or not Jesse Puljujarvi has deserved some powerplay time in the future.

Other topics discussed include alternatives to our defensive lineup and whether or not it’s smart to make a trade to replace Oscar Klefbom. Also, a hot topic around these parts lately is the treatment of Connor McDavid from the referees, especially in last nights game against the Canucks. Are the refs out to get them? Is Connor bringing it on himself? Dusty breaks this down in the video along with many other Oiler topics! Finally, Nielson plays a little sports trivia with the viewers to give away a three bottle sample pack of hot sauce from GetSauced!

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  • IceMan11

    I really would like to see Chiarelli put together a video of the non-calls and ask the NHL, “ What exactly is going on that these calls aren’t being made”? I’d love know their response!
    Also, I think it IS worth it to go out and get a D-man, depending of course, on what we’d have to give up to get one.
    St.Albert native, Colton Parayko, would be great, but the price may be too high. He’s a big minutes eater with a great RH shot and physical presence, all of which we need.

  • slats-west

    The Vancouver Canucks are the 5th most penalized Team in NHL currently. In the prior 13 Games they were short handed 42 times. Against the best player in world they were short handed once. ONCE! Statistically a blip? When McDavid plays 20mins a night but they all of a sudden tightened up and played straight up hockey. Something they have only been able to two other times this year. Guess who against? Crosby ( Pitt) ! And Foresberg (NAS).

    Per his article earlier today there is something here – the best players deserve better! We pay the money we want to see goals, great skating, shooting, and… not some hack like the Canucks Stecher holding onto McDavid or Sid all night! It’s complete crap.

  • nijames

    With Hitchcock whining about reffing it is not going to help. Hitchcock was the teacher of hold and hack hockey and now it doesn’t suit him. Don’t be a hypocrite and start whining about what you taught. I am sure the ref’s will really pay attention now that the whining has reached a new level.