THE BRIGHT SIDE
- The game is over now.
- Leon Draisaitl opened the scoring (1-0) with a power play goal from his office in the circle after Evan Bouchard set him up for a one-timer that he blasted past Fleury. Make it four straight games with a goal for the big man.
- Connor McDavid restored Edmonton’s lead (2-1) with yet another perfectly executed 2-on-1 with Leon Draisaitl that left both the Wild defender and Marc-Andre Fleury looking useless and scared.
- With just over three seconds left to play, Klim Kostin picked up his first goal as an Oiler (5-3) with a spin-and-fire move that caught Fleury off guard and beat him high over the glove. I’ve got a lot of time for Kostin and hope he sticks in the lineup when people start getting healthy because he gives this lineup a flavour of player that they don’t have enough of right now.
- Evan Bouchard finds himself on a four-game point streak (3G, 2A) and this little heater could not come at a better time. Didn’t make a difference tonight, but we’ll need him feeling good and producing down the stretch.
- The power play came through with one goal on three chances with the man advantage. We needed more, but it’s hard to blame the PP for that.
- At least I had a decent night of betting?
- Should we celebrate the fact that the Oilers won 53% of the faceoffs? Anybody? No? Alright.
PRESENTED BY BETWAY
THE FACE PALMERS
- Joel Eriksson-Ek tied the game (1-1) with a power play goal after Kaprisov’s shot from the slot took a wild (see what I did there?) bounce off the backboards and landed right on his stick with an open net to shoot at.
- Kirill Kaprisov tied the game for a second time (2-1) with yet another power play goal after Mattias Janmark took a tripping penalty in the offensive zone. I don’t know why the offensive zone penalties always hurt more, but it seems to be a thing that the Hockey Gords punish teams for routinely.
- Freddie Gaudreau gave the Wild the lead (3-2) with a backhand shot from in tight that beat Campbell cleanly over the blocker. I don’t think I’m talking out of school when I say that Soup has to stop that one.
- Just under four minutes into the third period, Sam Steel extended the lead (4-2) after finding himself behind the Oilers defencemen and executing a beautiful little deke around Campbell. Game over? Felt that way.
- Mats Zuccarello put the Wild up by a field goal (5-2) after he got a stick on Matt Dumba’s point shot, tipping the puck perfectly through Campbell’s legs.
- The NHL site had the Oilers listed with only eight giveaways and I’d say that number is generous to say the least.
- How did the Oilers make it through an entire period with only four shots on net? I know the Wild finished the first with six shots but it’s truly puzzling to me how few pucks were making it through to the goaltenders.
- I want so badly for the Oilers to shut opponents out on the PK that I’m starting to think it’s my fault that they gave up two goals on three shorthanded situations. Maybe if I stop talking about it, they can keep the puck out of the net?
- Outside of a few flashes by the Nuge-Puljujarvi-Janmark trio, there were very few forwards outside of Connor and Leon that were able to do anything offensively. We need some bodies back in the lineup in the worst possible way.
- I was curious to see how Jack Campbell would handle a tough start against the Minnesota Wild on a night when I had this as a scheduled loss, and the answer was that it did not go his way. While I will absolutely defend him on a couple of these goals, there were other times when he simply needed to stop the puck and couldn’t make it happen. I don’t know what’s going on with our boy right now, but I couldn’t think of a rougher start to his time as an Oiler than what we’ve seen so far. Campbell finished the night with 25 saves and a .833 save%.
- Outshot 30-21 and it’s pretty tough to win in this league if you’re not getting pucks on net.
Leon Draisaitl (16) (Power Play)
Assists: Evan Bouchard (8), Connor McDavid (24)
Joel Eriksson Ek (7) (Power Play)
Assists: Kirill Kaprizov (15)
Connor McDavid (19)
Assists: Leon Draisaitl (22), Zach Hyman (15)
Kirill Kaprizov (14) (Power Play)
Assists: Matt Boldy (8), Joel Eriksson Ek (12)
Frederick Gaudreau (4)
Assists: Nic Petan (2), Jon Merrill (3)
Sam Steel (5)
Assists: Mats Zuccarello (14), Jon Merrill (4)
Mats Zuccarello (8)
Assists: Matt Dumba (5), Kirill Kaprizov (16)
Klim Kostin (1)
Assists: Devin Shore (2), Derek Ryan (2)
— Luke Meyer (@LukeMeyer4) December 2, 2022
Another Oilers PK, I’m wonder if @jsbmbaggedmilk is imagining Kris Russell in his living room
— Mainlander Tim (@MainlanderTim) December 2, 2022
“If you have to ask the question”
— Kerry McGowan (@306Kerosene) December 2, 2022