The Day After 64.0: Leon Draisaitl hat trick isn’t enough as Edmonton Oilers drop 7-5 decision to Winnipeg Jets

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Zach Laing
1 year ago
A tough night to be Jack Campbell, that’s for sure.
He wasn’t the sole reason that the Edmonton Oilers lost on Saturday night, but he surely didn’t help. Campbell’s struggles were on full display allowing six goals — and while they’re not all on him — there are a few he needs to have. Ultimately, he wasn’t good enough for the Oilers as they fell 7-5 to the Winnipeg Jets.
Let’s talk about Campbell and a few other things…

Campbell’s struggles

As I mentioned above, Campbell was an issue for the Oilers. I don’t think it’s fair to pin every goal on him from last night, but it’s becoming an issue. On the season, his numbers have been absolutely abysmal. According to Natural Stat Trick, Campbell’s posted a .882 save percentage, 3.57 GAA while saving -20.69 goals above average — the fourth-worst rate among NHL goaltenders. He has posted a >.900 save percentage in 19/32 games on the season and given up 3+ goals in 22 of them. Simply put, it’s not good enough.
On Saturday night after the game, Campbell was hard on himself.
“It’s disappointing. The guys played great and I’ve been working super hard feeling good going into the games. It’s super disappointing to let them down. A couple I want back and that would’ve been the difference,” said Campbell.
“I just know I can be so much better for this group and I’m definitely going to keeping working to get there. Stu played great last night. I didn’t want him to go in for the third. I just wanted to keep battling and try to give the boys a chance in the third.”


Draisaitl continues to shine and the powerplay continues to roll

The good news for the Oilers? Well, the offence continues to come. Leon Draisaitl scored his 39th, 40th and 41st goals of the season and is now on pace for a 50-goal season. He spoke about his game when he was at the NHL All-Star game, and how he felt that it wasn’t where he wanted it to be. Well, since then, he’s been on a tear with 12 goals and 20 points in 14 games.
Last night, he had scored his 25th powerplay goal of the season setting a new Oilers franchise record for that mark, and it’s clear the powerplay is continuing to roll. Now, since the Oilers traded Tyson Barrie earlier in the week, Edmonton’s powerplay has converted on 5/16 of their chances operating at a 31.25% clip over that stretch. On the season, Edmonton’s powerplay has converted on 31.9 percent of their chances, so it’s clear no beats have been skipped.
Evan Bouchard, meanwhile, had a three-assist performance on Saturday night and it’s clear he’s stepping into his own early on. The early returns on him and Mattias Ekholm playing together have been tremendous and I’m going to dive into that more tomorrow.

Nurse drops ’em…

Darnell Nurse stepped up dropping the mitts with Adam Lowry. It all started when Jets forward Saku Maenalanen laid a hit on Connor McDavid. Upon first glance it didn’t seem like much, but the Maenalanen got his leg behind McDavid’s and pretty much slew footed him to the ice. Nurse came over and dropped his gloves right away but Maenalanen didn’t want to reciprocate, and Lowry came over to stand up for his own teammate.
I loved this response from Nurse. He and Maenalanen had a few exchanges Friday night when the two teams met and it seemed like Nurse asked the big Jet to fight, but he declined. Late in Friday’s game Maenalanen cross-checked Philip Broberg in the face, and nothing had come of it.
While I don’t want to sit here and say Nurse should be fighting all the time, it’s definitely an element of his game that we haven’t seen much as of late. What’s interesting now, too, is that if it were to happen, it’s not going to leave the Oilers all that short. Ekholm can now step up and play three of those five minutes Nurse would be in the box for. With Evander Kane coming back soon, and Klim Kostin hopefully okay after being a late scratch Saturday, the Oilers really do have some jam and toughness in their lineup.

What’s next?

A tough three games ahead. The Oilers take on the Buffalo Sabres Monday night, before continuing their road trip to Boston Thursday and Toronto next Saturday. Buffalo is in the hunt for a playoff spot out east and can’t be taken lightly, and the Bruins and Leafs are both very strong teams in their own right.

Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at zach@oilersnation.com.

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