THE BRIGHT SIDE
- With only a few seconds left before the first period buzzer, Connor McDavid tied the game (1-1) with a perfectly placed one-touch shot after Zach Hyman found him in the slot with a crisp pass to his wheelhouse. The goal marked McDavid’s 600th point in only his 421st game, which is the sixth-fastest in NHL history that anyone has reached that plateau.
- Leon Draisaitl cannot stop scoring goals and that’s why it was no surprise to see him give the Oilers their first lead of the game (2-1) with a power play snipe from his office near the goal line. McDavid to Draisaitl and in the net, you know how the story goes. Can we also talk about how Draisaitl got ANOTHER THREE-POINT NIGHT? The dude is ridiculous.
- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins ended the drought with a massive goal (3-2) after Leon Draisaitl found him in the slot with just enough time to rip a low shot that fooled Binnington. By my eye, this was RNH’s best game of the year and it seemed inevitable that he was going to get on the board with the way he was playing.
- Ryan McLeod scored his first NHL goal (4-2) with a backhander after driving to the net hard and landing at the perfect time. Not only was I fired up to see the kid get his first, but it was also a lot of fun to see the bench just as fired up about it as he was.
- With only 27 seconds left to play, Kailer Yamamoto gave the Oilers back the lead (5-4) on a beautiful one-timer from Draisaitl that set the former 22nd overall pick up on a tee.
- Mikko Koskinen was back between the pipes for his ninth start of the season and it seemed like he was the only one to get the memo about when the game started. Keeping his team in the fight well beyond what they deserved early on, Koskinen was fantastic for his team as he made all kinds of huge saves to keep the score within reach before eventually defending the lead. Had it not been for him, we probably would have been talking about a loss before the first period was even over and you’ve gotta give the big man some love for the performance he put in because he was great. Koskinen finished the night with 35 saves and a .897 save%.
- I thought Zach Hyman had himself a fine evening as he factored in on the first two Oilers goals that really seemed to get the ball rolling.
- The Oilers’ power play is such a gift, isn’t it? There have only been two games this team hasn’t got one with the man advantage, and they would not add another on this night as they picked up a PP goal on one of three chances.
- Seeing as the Blues have the second-best power play in the NHL, I thought the Oilers’ PK might be up against their stiffest competition of the season so far, and even though they allowed a goal on five St. Louis opportunities, I’m still putting them in the bright side because the four they did kill off were hugely important.
- Your patience has paid off, my friends, because you’ve finally arrived at the part of the Wrap Up where I tell you that the Oilers own 62% of the faceoffs.
- Thursday on the Real Life Podcast, Tyler Yaremchuk agreed to wear a romper to our Viewing Party if we can raise $1000 for the Edmonton Humane Society before November 27th. Well, as of this point, we’re already at $770 dollars in so I’m thinking we get there. Want to help? Make your donation here.
THE FACE PALMERS
- Jordan Kyrou opened the scoring in the back half of the first period (1-0) with a power play goal after the Oilers just could not figure out how to keep the game at even strength. As much as the Oilers have a killer power play, the Blues do too so to give them as many chances as they got early on was a recipe to get burned. Barbashev added a second goal to pull the Blues back to within a single goal (4-3) after taking a pass down low near the goal line and absolutely roofing his shot.
- Robert Bortuzzo tied the game (2-2) with a wrister from the high slot that beat Koskinen up high after the Oilers got caught scrambling in their own zone and unable to clear.
- Vladamir Tarasenko tied the game midway through the third period (4-4) after a giveaway by Bouchard at the opposing blue line gave them a free zone entry that they made no mistake on.
- I don’t think I have to tell anyone reading this why taking three penalties in the first period was a horrible idea.
- The third period was incredibly frustrated for so many reasons. Not only did the Oilers cough up their two-goal lead due to mistakes and shoddy defending which was annoying enough, but to have them outhustled by what was supposed to be a tired team was as maddening as it gets.
- The Oilers lost the Corskis tonight as they were outshot by a 39-32 margin.
Nuge goal (manifesting)
— Kennedy (@kennedystrash) November 14, 2021
I’ve never said a bad word about you, offside challenge. Best rule in hockey*
*I reserve the right to change this opinion
— Jason (@AdamsOnHockey) November 15, 2021
If we don't get scored on, how else would we be able to rally back?
— dohfOs (Martin Lundén) (@dohfOs) November 15, 2021
Sweet hockey teeth
— 🏒 The Schwabby: Afterlife🏒 (@Schwabber1) November 15, 2021
The Oilers have a long tradition of Ryans, but a lesser known tradition is the long line of excellent Ryan Hair.
— WheatNOil (@WheatNOil) November 15, 2021
Draisaitl is on pace for over 180 points this year…
— Brenden Escott (@BrendenEscott) November 15, 2021