THE BRIGHT SIDE
- Just when all hope looked lost, Jesse Puljujarvi buried a breakaway chance with a top-shelf snipe to pull the Oilers back to within two goals (3-1) and set themselves up with a real chance to come back in the third.
- Connor McDavid pulled the Oilers to within a single goal (3-2) after he took a feed from Darnell Nurse on the left side of the ice and ripped a wrister past Nedeljkovic down low. It was obviously a huge goal because it put the Red Wings back on the heels and the Oilers in a position to complete the comeback.
- We were all wondering when Stuart Skinner would get his first start of the season, and tonight’s game against the Red Wings provided that opportunity for the former 3rd round pick from 2017. Outside of the third goal — the unfortunate winner, as things turned out — I thought Skinner played incredibly well and was the main reason this game wasn’t more out of hand earlier on in the night. Either way, I know he’ll take some heat for the mistake on Larkin’s goal but I would not say that this loss is on him at all, not even close. Skinner finished the night with 35 saves and a .923 save%.
- The Oilers penalty kill was perfect tonight as the guys were able to kill off both of Detroit’s chances with the man advantage.
- Congratulations to Sam Gagner on 900 games played! The guy has had an amazing career and I will always cheer for him regardless of where he’s playing. I wish he was still here, but I’m even happier that he’s still in the NHL.
- I know you’ve all been waiting very patiently for the section of the Wrap Up where I tell you that the Oilers won 52% of the faceoffs. Well, here it is.
THE FACE PALMERS
- Vlad Namestnikov opened the scoring (1-0) after Sam Gagner (of course!) found him entering the zone with speed where he was able to make a move on Barrie and finish with a quick shot just outside the crease. It was one of those plays where the Oilers had an excellent chance to score at the other end of the ice but weren’t able to score, which allowed the Red Wings to race back the other way and finish. Honourable mention goes to Tyson Barrie’s weird flop defence on the play. Namestnikov extended the lead (2-0) with a second straight goal after parking himself in front of the net and knocking home a rebound after the point shot took a friendly bounce right to his stick.
- Dylan Larkin threw some salt in the wound with a tap-in goal (3-0) after Stuart Skinner tried to play the puck near the goal line only to have his pocket picked by the Detroit captain. It was that kind of game, folks.
- Moritz Seider sealed the deal with an empty-netter (4-2) late in the third period to nail the coffin shut.
- This was an absolutely brutal start for the Oilers as they were outworked, outshot, and outscored through 20 minutes, which is not what we’d expect from a team that started the season with a 9-1 record.
- Actually, the second period didn’t get much better.
- Actually, everyone was pretty bad and I feel like that needed another bullet to emphasize the point.
- Somehow, this trip on Connor McDavid was not a penalty.
- Risky Business DID NOT GO WELL for me tonight.
- Is Evan Bouchard hurt? He seemed to be whiffing on pucks more than I’ve ever before? Weird.
- For the fans of shots on goal, I am devastated to report that the Oilers were outshot by a 39-33 margin. We failed the Corskis.
- Zack Kassian left the game with a lower-body injury and that’s a tough loss because I actually thought Kass was starting to look more like himself over these last couple of weeks. I don’t know what kind of black cloud is following him right now but it seems like every time he starts to play better he ends up on the shelf, and I hope this new injury doesn’t keep him out for too long.
You’d think that returning to Detroit would be nostalgic for me, but it’s not. Little Caesars Arena never felt like home. My happiest memories are tied to the Joe.. countless nights vacuuming the locker room… just me and my trusty Electrolux.. nothing will ever top that.
— Ken Holland (@FakeOilersGM) November 9, 2021
The best part for me was having random people making comments on some of the articles saying I had a nice ass. Been riding that high for almost 10 years now.
— Travis Dakin (@TravisDakin) November 10, 2021
"Are we surprised that Sam Gagner had an assist against his former team? We're not, are we?" – @jsbmbaggedmilk in the wrap tonight.
— Turner L. Watson (@TurnerWatson) November 10, 2021
Has anyone told them they are risking Franks streak? Someone should tell them. I feel like someone should tell them.
— Gary Rogers (@garyrogers) November 10, 2021
— Mike (@osullymike) November 10, 2021
“ANDREW COG LEE ANNIE”
— TheTowelBoy (@TheTowelBoy) November 10, 2021
I'm mad on Frank's behalf.
Had they put in effort earlier in the game, his streak would not have been ruined.
— Onion on My Belt (@arrrdeecee) November 10, 2021