THE BRIGHT SIDE
- @Ryan McLeod got the Oilers on the board (2-1) with a shot from a tough angle that beat Knight between the body and the post, and I wondered if that goal would be that opened the floodgates. Thankfully, that’s exactly what happened.
- @Leon Draisaitl tied the game with a one-timer from the boards (2-2) only moments after a power play ended after Nugent-Hopkins found him with a bullet cross-ice pass that he absolutely teed off on.
- @Connor McDavid got the game winner in overtime (3-2) after Darnell Nurse made a very nice one-handed pass to the centre of the ice and put it in a place where Connor could go get it. By no means was it the prettiest goal of McDavid’s career, but you know that one had to feel good as he hadn’t scored in a while.
- @Mikko Koskinen played great against the Flames and I think a lot of people were thrilled for him, making tonight’s start incredibly interesting in that it gave him a chance to build up some confidence. At the other end of the rink, Koskinen’s counterpart is as green as it gets and this meant there was some pressure on him to make sure he didn’t get shown up by a guy making his fifth NHL start. And as hoped, Koskinen answered the call once again as he made some very big saves down the stretch to keep his team in it and allow them to come back. Even though he wasn’t nearly as busy as his counterpart, Koskinen was excellent when he had to be and deserves a bunch of love for the way this game ended up. Koskinen finished the night with 25 saves and a .926 save%.
- @Ryan Nugent-Hopkins missed the last six games with a lower-body injury but he didn’t look rusty at all in this one. Not only did Nuge end up with 22:56 in TOI, but he also finished with an assist, four shots on goal, and offered a very real look at how important he can be for this hockey team.
- Another monster night for @Darnell Nurse as he finished with 26:53 in TOI to go along with an assist, one shot on goal, two hits, and a +1 rating.
- The Oilers’ PK has struggled mightily lately but that was not the case against the Canucks as the boys were able to kill off the lone shorthanded situation they faced. Not only did they kill that penalty off but they did it at a crucial moment in the game too.
- I’m thrilled to report that we won the Corskis and outshot the enemy by a 50-27 margin.
- Diving into the fancies, the Oilers finished the night with a 65.69 CF% and a 71.34 xGF%.
- Faceoff fans will be elated to learn that the Oilers finished the night at 60% in the faceoff circle.
THE FACE PALMERS
- The Oilers gave up the first goal for the 10th straight game, and the 25th time in their last 29 games. I know it came at the halfway point of the game but the stat is still unbelievable.
- @Elias Pettersson opened the scoring (1-0) with an unassisted goal after he fired a quick snapshot through a screen that beat Koskinen up and over the shoulder on the glove side.
- @Tyler Motte extended Vancouver’s lead (2-0) with a shorthanded goal after JT Miller sent him in on a partial break that gave him plenty of time to rip the puck through Koskinen’s five-hole.
- The Oilers didn’t fire nearly enough pucks on net considering who the Canucks had between the pipes and it was endlessly frustrating to watch them pass up legit opportunities.
- Oilers finish the night at 0-for-3 on the power play against the NHL’s worst penalty kill while also giving up a shorthanded goal.
Tyler Myers probably doesn't even know how to flood a basement pic.twitter.com/vHunJMaRPt
— Spiced Oil (@Spiced_Oil) January 26, 2022
What happened to Elias Pettersson that he plays like Shawn Horcoff now?
— Jason – reportedly pissy (@AdamsOnHockey) January 26, 2022
Tucker and Spencer share a Facebook account.
— Murray (@MurrayYaganiski) January 26, 2022
the edmonton oilers if allowing the first goal was a good thing pic.twitter.com/ulGh6sccRc
— Ava (@avatarrant) January 26, 2022
Nuge, you magnificent bastard.
— Travis Dakin (@TravisDakin) January 26, 2022