THE BRIGHT SIDE
- Jesse Puljujarvi opened the scoring (1-0) after getting his stick on Darnell Nurse’s shot from the high slot, deflecting the puck perfectly through a couple of Blues defenders before making its way past Binnington. Today on Better Lait Than Never, I talked about Puljujarvi needing to get on the board so that he could gain a little bit of confidence, and I’m hoping this goal will be the start of a productive run for the big fella.
- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins stayed red-hot with his fourth goal (2-1) in his last five games after he found a puck near the side of the net and chipped it threw a fallen Jordan Binnington. Nuge’s 200th NHL goal was the kind of greasy one I’ve been looking for and I could not be happier to see that my boy is NBA Jam style on fire.
- Zach Hyman finished the game off with an empty-netter (3-1) after Leon Draisaitl found him with a stretch pass that put him in alone with the empty cage.
- With the Oilers heading into a back-to-back set, I thought it was an interesting decision to have Stuart Skinner kick things off one night one against St. Louis. It’s not that I didn’t trust him with the task, but rather that I’ve almost gotten used to the backup goalie getting the “easier” game over the last decade or so. That was not the case tonight. Instead, Skinner got hit with shots from all angles and rose to the challenge as if he’s been in the league for years, and I could not be more bullish on his future between the pipes. Skinner finished the night with 37 saves and a .974 save%. BTW, I will watch features on his moustache any day of the week.
- Connor McDavid is so much fun to watch and tonight was another one of those nights where he could have easily finished with a multi-point night had it not been for Binnington.
- Brett Kulak really looks like he’s starting to settle in after what was a bumpy first couple of games on the second pairing. In 18:26 of TOI, Kulak finished with a hit, four blocks, one takeaway, and a +1 rating.
- Foegele, McLeod, and Puljujarvi is Edmonton’s best third line that I can remember. Full stop.
- The Oilers won 57% of the faceoffs and I could not be happier about it.
- Tyler Pitlick didn’t score! Great success.
PRESENTED BY BETWAY
THE FACE PALMERS
- With under five seconds left in the second period (c’mon!), Ryan O’Reilly tied the game (1-1) after batting a loose puck out of the air and past Stuart Skinner. It was one of those plays where a scramble broke out and
- For the seventh straight game, the Edmonton Oilers have given up a power play goal. I don’t know what’s going on when the boys are down a man, but they need to figure out how to shut the door.
- To make matters worse, the Oilers didn’t get anything done on the power play in either of their two chances with the man advantage.
- I noticed that McDavid wasn’t really taking draws today and I wonder if there are any lingering effects from when he ran into the post on Monday night?
- For the second straight game, the Blues blocked a tonne of shots (21 according to the NHL) and the Oilers struggled to get their secondary shots through to Binnington.
- Speaking of shots, the Blues outshot the Oilers by a 38-28 margin, which is certainly not ideal but also a product of all those blocked shots.
- I don’t know what kind of curse is plaguing Warren Foegele right now, but my guy is going to be thinking about some of the chances he missed all night long.
It's not for lack of effort either, he's put together a handful of good games here
— Jordan (@jkram_sv) October 27, 2022
That’s @tyleryaremchuk during almost every beer league game when he gets called for anything
— Surveyor Brett – Game Manager (@BLuchanski) October 27, 2022
those digital boards are so distracting pic.twitter.com/CeeNvCYtDh
— Kennedy moved out of Harry’s House 🙁 (@kennedystrash) October 27, 2022
stu saying he watched nuge play growing up 😭😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/TbRLeBJZ6h
— 👻👻 (@oilygifs) October 27, 2022