THE BRIGHT SIDE
- Derek Ryan opened the scoring (1-0) with a deke to his forehand on a beautifully executed breakaway after Warren Foegele put him in alone with more than enough time to play a play.
- Connor McDavid extended the lead (2-0) in the dying seconds of the first period after a beautiful passing play by Hyman and Draisaitl set him up for a tap-in into a wide-open net. It was a tic-tac-toe play that had the Canucks spinning and helpless. It was beautiful.
- As we head into the Christmas break, I just want to say how much I love Klim Kostin. That trade rules so far and I don’t know how you can take him out of the lineup ever again. Thank you.
- Brett Kulak had a really strong game defensively and was probably responsible for killing at least one or two goals against.
- He had a quiet night, but I was very happy to see Ryan McLeod back in the lineup.
- Amazingly, Ethan Bear didn’t score.
- I can’t even enjoy the fact that the Oilers won 58% of the faceoffs.
- Same goes for the rare 33-30 shot clock win.
PRESENTED BY BETWAY
THE FACE PALMERS
- Make this the fourth winnable game in the last week and change that the Oilers goofed on. Horrible.
- JT Miller pulled the Canucks back to within a single goal (2-1) after his shot from the high slot hit Stuart Skinner in the shoulder, popped 10 feet up into the air, and fell softly over the goal line. That play couldn’t happen again if you tried it 100 times. Miller added a second goal at the end of the second period (2-2) on the power play after Petterssen set him up at the side of the net with a chance he wouldn’t miss.
- Bo Horvat gave the Canucks their first lead of the night (3-2) after a shot off the backboards kicked right to him, leaving the backdoor open and Skinner unable to get across on time. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins lost had Horvat initially but lost him for a second, which was all the time he needed to cash in the chance.
- I hate you, Collin Delia. I say that with all due respect. You get it.
- Ilya Mikheyev sealed the deal with a goal late in the third period (4-2) after he took a pass in the high slot from Horvat and buried the shot past Skinner on the glove side.
- The penalty kill continues to be the bane of my existence. Vancouver cashed in on 1-of-2 of their opportunities with the man advantage and I am displeased once again.
- I can’t believe I’m saying this but the Oilers’ power play got shut out on three power play chances by the worst PK in the league and looked pretty awful while they were at it.
- I thought Leon Draisaitl was not very good in this hockey game. Looked like he was already on the plane out of town tbh.
- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had a rough night defensively and it was a real bummer to see his line follow up a gem in Dallas with a stinker against the Canucks.
- Stuart Skinner was back between the pipes for his 20th start of the season, and I was looking forward to watching him do his thing and try to lock in his 11th win of the season. Unfortunately, it was not meant to be for Stu as both he and his teammates just didn’t have their best stuff. That’s not to say that Skinner was bad or anything, but when you’ve got a save% in the .800s it’s fair to say that there was room for improvement. Skinner finished the game with 25 saves and a .862 save%.
Derek Ryan (5)
Assists: Warren Foegele (3)
Connor McDavid (30)
Assists: Zach Hyman (21), Leon Draisaitl (35)
J.T. Miller (12)
Assists: Conor Garland (10), Oliver Ekman-Larsson (14)
J.T. Miller (13) (Power Play)
Assists: Elias Pettersson (25), Bo Horvat (10)
Bo Horvat (23)
Assists: Tyler Myers (7), Conor Garland (11)
Ilya Mikheyev (11)
Assists: Bo Horvat (11)
Bo Horvat (24) (Empty Net)
Assists: Elias Pettersson (26), Tyler Myers (8)
what prankster at production played an extra rogers wrapped in red event over the game bro
— Memeamoto (@KailerMemeamoto) December 24, 2022
He was slowed by the drag of his facial hair.
— Festivus Kevin🇺🇦 (@sportsjunkie007) December 24, 2022
If you're a 3rd string goalie in the NHL, pray you play the oilers. We will keep you in the league
— Luke Meyer (@LukeMeyer4) December 24, 2022
He was too busy thinking about his New Years Eve party tomorrow night
— William James (@William_J87) December 24, 2022