THE BRIGHT SIDE
- Warren Foegele finally got the monkey off his back (1-0) with a shorthanded marker (yes, for real) after taking a Ryan McLeod pass up near the blue line and ripping a bullet past Vasilevskiy low on the blocker side. For a guy that hadn’t scored yet this season, this was an absolute snipe by Foegele and you love to see how fired up he was when the shot went in.
- Connor McDavid restored the Oilers’ lead (2-1) on the power play goal with a chip shot near the side of the net after the puck leaked out to him from a scramble in front of the crease. It wasn’t the prettiest PP goal the Oilers will ever score, but it was absolutely sexy to me.
- Leon Draisaitl put the Oilers up by a pair (3-1) with a second power play goal for the boys after McDavid found him all alone in front of the net with enough time to rip a backhander up and over a sliding Vasilevskiy.
- After throwing himself under the bus after Saturday’s loss to the Stars, I was curious to see how Jack Campbell would look in his next start. Not only do we need him to get going, but on a personal level, I think we all want to cheer for a guy that is willing to hold himself so accountable. That attitude makes it even easier to cheer for Soup after a massive effort in net against a very good Lightning team and dare I say that this might have been his best start of the year. Campbell finished the game with 35 saves and a .946 save%.
- I really liked Jesse Puljujarvi’s game with McDavid and Nugent-Hopkins tonight, and truly feel that this may have been his best game of the year. Despite the lack of results, the big fella did a nice job of putting himself in a spot to shoot and it’s only a matter of time before he drains one.
- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins three-game point streak! RNH has two goals and two assists over that time as he continues with one of the best starts to the season of his career.
- You have to love seeing the Oilers cash in two goals on their four chances with the man advantage. When the power play is rolling at its best, taking penalties against this team is a kryptonite for any Superman.
- Not to be outdone, the PK went a perfect 5-for-5 on the evening, which couldn’t be more of a polar opposite to what we saw last night. I don’t know what Woodcroft said to the PK crew between games but it worked and I’m forever grateful.
- I know this has nothing to do with this hockey game but I really like the idea of Ryan Reynolds buying the Ottawa Senators. I have no idea how he makes that math work or who he has to loop into this partnership, but I like the way this story is shaping up.
PRESENTED BY BETWAY
THE FACE PALMERS
- Thinking about Evander Kane tonight after he suffered a scary cut near his wrist and gushed blood onto the playing surface after Pat Maroon accidentally stepped (???) on him as he was laying on the ice. Gene Principe gave the update that Kane was in stable condition but had to get surgery, which punctuates the severity of the injury.
- After a sloppy giveaway at centre ice gave the Lightning possession, Brandon Hagel tied the game (1-1) with a one-timer from the circle after Kucherov found him with a sneaky little pass that he was able to tee off on. Perfect execution on the neutral zone turnover by the Lightning.
- Alex Killorn halved the lead (3-2) with a deflection from the circle that saw him get his stick on Perbix’s point shot and redirect it behind a helpless Jack Campbell.
- You can show me all the replays you want of Zach Hyman’s “distinct kicking motion” but I don’t buy that he could do that on purpose while also battling a defenceman for position in front of the net. No way.
- Can someone explain to me why it wasn’t icing when Tyson Barrie was sent crashing into the end boards at the tail end of the first period? Tyler Fedun broke his leg in half on a play like that, and I thought this was the exact kind of sequence that the NHL is trying to avoid.
- Kailer Yamamoto is next up to have the snakebite end. I will head to the streets to find a sacrifice. We will find a way.
- Oilers outshot by a 37-29 margin and it’s a trend this is a trend that’s deeply bothersome to me.
- Only 48% in the faceoff circle again, and while it’s not a horrible result it’s not where we want to be either.
Pumping up that SV%. Looks real good when they have 26 shots/ period. Big brain stuff.
— Electronic Jordan (@ElectronsJordan) November 9, 2022
That is why he always uses the backhand, he is too lazy to bring it to the forehand. 😁😇
— Ant~Fly (@AntFly88) November 9, 2022
Double cheaters on one goal!
— Karim Rajani (@krajani786) November 9, 2022
My first favorite player is also a podcast confession.. I used to download Nudie Videos to my dad's computer and label them things he didn't care about. Like " Sam Gagner Highlights – 2009" and that's why he is my favorite player.
— Connor Doucette (@doucette7) November 9, 2022