THE BRIGHT SIDE
- Tyson Barrie tied the game (1-1) with his 100th NHL goal on a clapper from the point that made its way through some light traffic before fooling Markstrom on the glove-hand side. With the goal, Barrie finds himself tied for eighth in NHL scoring amongst defencemen with 28 points (5G, 23A) this season.
- Connor McDavid gave the Oilers the lead (2-1) on the power play with a snipe from the slot after he took a pass along the boards from Draisaitl, walked toward the centre of the ice, and picked his spot perfectly. How hot is Connor McDavid right now? I’m glad you asked. That goal extended Connor’s point streak to 16 games (15G, 17A, 32 points).
- Stuart Skinner was back between the pipes for his 12th start in the last 15 games and looking to get the Oilers back in the win column after a disastrous outing by everyone in an Oilers uniform against Vancouver before the break. From start to finish, Stu was easily the Oilers’ best player, and had it not been for him then I really doubt the Oilers would have been able to hang around in this game for very long. To put it another way, Stuart Skinner goalie’d the Flames in a way that only ever happens to us and I think everyone in that locker room owes him an edible arrangement. Skinner finished the night with 46 saves and a .979 save%.
- In a surprise to no one that’s been paying attention, the Oilers got another huge goal from their power as they wrapped up the evening with one goal on three chances with the man advantage.
- The penalty kill has really started to progress over the last few weeks and tonight was another example as the Oilers killed off the lone shorthanded situation they faced.
- That regulation win put the Oilers back in a Wildcard spot.
PRESENTED BY BETWAY
THE FACE PALMERS
- Edmonton did not deserve to win this hockey game but I will absolutely enjoy it anyway.
- The Calgary Flames opened the scoring (1-0) after a defensive breakdown in the Oilers’ zone gave the Flames a few clean looks on net until a rebound eventually kicked out to a spot in the slot that Mikael Backlund would not miss from.
- For most of this hockey game, the Oilers looked like they had never played together before. Passes were ahead or behind by a foot, they had no mojo in the offensive zone, and the only reason they didn’t get tagged with a goal or two is that Skinner came ready to play. Frankly, the boys were lucky to make it through the first 10 minutes or so without getting burned.
- Connor McDavid took a knee by Mackenzie Weegar in the second period and not one Oiler did anything about it. Yeah, the score was tied but that’s your captain and I think it’s gross that not even one guy went to give Weegar a shot or a push or even a sternly worded letter. We really miss Evander Kane, don’t we?
- Leon Draisaitl left the game in the second period and I don’t think I have to explain to anyone reading this how much of a problem that is for this hockey team. I humble myself before the Hockey Gords for allowing him to come back to us.
- The passes to no one in particular were a real issue for Edmonton and I wish I had an accurate count of how many times they fired a puck to a ghost teammate or whatever they thought was happening in those moments.
- Another game, another instance of the Oilers getting outshot. At this point, I’m just annoyed that this keeps happening sure you could say that many of the Flames’ 47 shots came from the outside but there were also plenty of instances where those pucks on net caused a whole lot of chaos.
- I’m not surprised to see that the Oilers won only 47% of the faceoffs in a game like this.
No Goals Scored
Mikael Backlund (7)
Assists: Andrew Mangiapane (8), Blake Coleman (8)
Tyson Barrie (5)
Assists: Kailer Yamamoto (6)
Connor McDavid (31) (Power Play)
Assists: Leon Draisaitl (36), Zach Hyman (22)
Could be all the black mold, festering spittoons and asbestos in the dressing room too
— TurboT from PB (@EgersundFarmTom) December 28, 2022
You can’t even ask which Oilers will show up for this game – it’s which Oilers will show up for which period
— Oilers Nerd Alert (Parody znutz) (@OilersNerdAlert) December 28, 2022
Dear God. Now wonder Calgary fans are the way they are. Look at this panel.
— Assassination Coordinates (@ThomsonCam) December 28, 2022
No Oiler on the ice even looks at Weegar. I don’t care what the score is. McDavid is their meal ticket and to do absolutely nothing is a joke.
— Jason Gregor (@JasonGregor) December 28, 2022
You mean icing isn’t a strategy?
— BF (@bfarnsworth74) December 28, 2022
You'd never get through the mustache
— JJerms (@maskjerms) December 28, 2022