THE BRIGHT SIDE
- Tyson Barrie opened the scoring (1-0) with a blast from the point that made its way through traffic after Ryan McLeod set him up with a pass to tee off on. Up to that point, the boys were driving me nuts with their refusal to put pucks on net and that’s why it was frustrating to see them get rewarded for actually shooting when they had the chance. Either way, the Oilers got on the board first and that’s what matters. Barrie added a second goal in the third period (2-1) with another blast from the point that beat Knight on the glove-hand side, restoring Edmonton’s lead in the process.
- Warren Foegele gave the Oilers some insurance (3-1) with a beautiful snipe from the circle after he picked up Leon Draisaitl’s drop pass and ripped it without delay, beating Knight down low with a shot he had no idea of how to stop.
- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins restored the Oilers’ two-goal lead (4-2) and nailed the coffin shut with an empty netter from distance after McDavid found him open along the boards with an open lane to shoot.
- Stuart Skinner was back between the pipes for his sixth start of the year and looking to get his team back in the win column after a very disappointing finish in Carolina on Thursday. Up for the challenge, Skinner was fantastic from the opening draw to the closing buzzer and had it not been for him then the Oilers would have realistically been out of contention before the first period was even over. Skinner finished the game with 40 saves and a .952 save%. After an appearance like this, how can you not play the guy on Wednesday against LA?
- Shout out to Mattias Janmark for picking up his first assist of the season on Tyson Barrie’s first goal of the game.
- Another nice game for Jesse Puljujarvi on the first line as the big Finn was able to track down pucks and get it to his linemates on several occasions. I know he needs to score more — it’s the most obvious hole in his game right now — but I do appreciate the good things he does on the defensive side of the puck.
- The Oilers weren’t fantastic on the PP today but they still managed to pick up a goal on one of their five chances with the man advantage. You love to see it.
- I’m thrilled to inform you that the Oilers won 53% of the faceoffs. It’s beautiful, isn’t it?
PRESENTED BY BETWAY
THE FACE PALMERS
- Sam Bennett tied the game (1-1) in the opening minutes of the third period on the power play with a shot from the high slot after the Oilers failed to clear a loose puck in the slot, leaving the former-Flame with a wide open net to drain the puck into. Only 51 seconds after Foegele’s goal, Bennett picked up his second of the night with a drive to the net and backhanded flip shot that just barely made it through Skinner’s arm and body.
- Nothing drives me crazier than seeing the Oilers make it through an entire period with only seven shots on goal. I know the Panthers were buzzing in the first, but that’s the kind of execution from our end that’s just begging for another loss.
- Speaking of not shooting the puck, what is the deal with the Oilers trying to force passes through on 2-on-1 rushes like shooting on the goal isn’t ever an option? It’s so frustrating.
- Are you surprised the Oilers gave up a goal while shorthanded? You’re not, are you? Florida finished the day at 1-for-3 with the man advantage.
- I know my complaining won’t do anything but I hate that Sportsnet crowbarred Leafs coverage into the Oilers game without giving us any analysis of the game they were currently broadcasting. Just gross.
- Oilers were outshot 42-32 as the trend of being dummied on the shot clock continues.
— Mike Stelter (@m_dan25) November 12, 2022
Thats 1-2-3-4 from the 2014 draft in this game#
— Matthew Bagnall (@MatthewBagnall) November 12, 2022
Edmonton's Goaltenders to his team pic.twitter.com/zlJTechvEn
— Spiced Oil (@Spiced_Oil) November 12, 2022
His first goal better be produced by Dr Drai
— Mainlander Tim (@ComeFromAwayNL) November 12, 2022
First win of the Verified Baggedmilk Era
— Taylor Smith (@iamtaylorsmith) November 12, 2022