THE BRIGHT SIDE
- Ryan McLeod is looking more and more comfortable with each passing game, and I was pumped to see him rewarded with a big goal (3-1) — that’s three in five games for the kid — after taking a feed from Leon Draisaitl and being patient enough with the puck to lift it up and over the goaltender. Whether it’s finding success with the draws (60%) or producing offensive opportunities for himself and his linemates, McLeod is starting to fit in nicely with this group.
- Stuart Skinner got a third straight start for the Oilers and I could not wait to see what he was going to do for an encore. After playing about as well as anyone could hope against the Jets and Blackhawks, Skinner certainly earned the opportunity to keep the ball rolling and I thought the Stars would be another formidable foe to see what he’s got. Unfortunately, this was not Skinner’s night but I also think it’s important to remind everyone how he was left hanging more often than you’d ever want to see. Frankly, had it not been for the goaltender then this score would have been even uglier and I think that says a lot about the way things went in front of him. Skinner finished the night with 29 saves and a .879 save%.
- At least Leon Draisaitl got another point to tack onto his league-leading totals.
- Philip Broberg was probably the best Oiler as he was one of the few that seemed able to make plays more often than not.
- At least Andrej Sekera didn’t score!
THE FACE PALMERS
- The Dallas Stars got on the board first (1-0) with a power play goal from Roope Hintz an incoming point shot deflected a couple of times on its way past Skinner.
- Jason Robertson extended the Stars’ lead (2-0) with a second power play goal after Dallas moved the puck around the zone with precision before eventually draining it with a perfectly executed play.
- Denis Gurianov threw sand in our eyes with a third Dallas goal (3-0) after he blew past Tyson Barrie (who basically soiled himself on the play) and found himself in all alone, beating Skinner with a quick deke that opened up the five-hole.
- This was one of those games where everything looked like a challenge for the Oilers. They couldn’t make passes, they passed up chances to shoot, they got frustrated by the officiating, and it almost felt like a loss from the first few shifts of the game.
- I know we’ll want to complain about the refs but getting outshot by a 30-22 margin is a tough look no matter how to slice it.
- I guess I have to say that the Oilers were 0/2 on the power play even though they got a combined 12 seconds over the two opportunities. Okay, so maybe it was a little bit more than that but we’re only talking about 55 total seconds with the man advantage.
- Unfortunately, the penalty kill looked average in this one and got tagged with two goals on five shorthanded situations.
- Duncan Keith left the game with an upper-body injury and that means our defence on the left side for tomorrow’s game could be Broberg-Russell-Lagesson. Sweet mercy.
- Connor McDavid’s point streak is over. Sad panda.
- I’m pretty sure the Stars blocked 2000 shots tonight. I know the NHL site says it was only 20 but I don’t buy it.
- I will not complain about the refs. I will not complain about the refs. I will not complain about the refs. I will not complain…
- Imagine a world where I didn’t tell you that the Oilers won only 40% of the faceoffs? Sounds like a nightmare to me.
Seat appreciation night
— Bumblebee tuna (@sstrumy) November 24, 2021
The water he uses comes from the same source as the water we use!
— Machine Gun Ryan (@IAmByks) November 24, 2021
His bath water only exists in a physical form when he's it. When's he's done with his bath, he just arises out of the tub, dry and fully clothed.
— The Yukon Scott (@YukonScott) November 24, 2021
That clip showed Leon Draisaitl getting crosschecked 5 (five) times
— Jason (@AdamsOnHockey) November 24, 2021