THE BRIGHT SIDE
- Warren Foegele got the Oilers on the board (1-0) with a goal that we’ll probably be seeing for a while because it was a beauty. After picking up a pass with speed, Foegele successfully pulled off a little shimmy shake before firing a shot while falling that somehow beat the goaltender under the arm for his first goal as an Oiler. Warren Foegele, we salute you.
- Zach Hyman increased the Oilers’ lead (2-0) with a shorthanded snipe after RNH sent him in on a 2-on-1 and the new guy wasted no time in burying a shot to the far side. Hyman added a second goal (4-1) on the power play in the third period after the boys were moving the puck around with ease, leaving the former Leaf for an easy tap-in from the crease. I’ve said this a bunch of times at this point but I cannot get enough of this guy and we’re only four games into his Oilers career.
- Connor McDavid got in on the action with a ridiculous goal (3-0) that saw him cut through the Coyotes’ defensive zone coverage like a hot knife through butter. Old man metaphors aside, I don’t know how anyone can stop McDavid when he’s wheeling in the offensive zone as he did on this goal because he was dangling in a phonebooth before ripping a laser to the far side. McDavid added a second goal (5-1) on the power play after RNH found him with a perfect cross-ice pass that left the captain with an open cage to shoot at. McDavid now has 52 points in his last 21 games going back to last season, which is another example of him being a total freak of nature.
- Mikko Koskinen got the start for the injured Mike Smith, and I was looking for Kostco to pick right back up where he left off in the pre-season and he did not disappoint. From start to finish, Koskinen gave the Oilers the goaltending they needed to settle in and close things out, which is about as good of a season debut as you could hope to have from him. Koskinen finished the night with 26 saves and a .963 save%.
- Jesse Puljujarvi has seven points in four games. Let that soak in for a minute. Beautiful, isn’t it?
- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins quietly finds himself on a three-game point streak, collecting three more helpers to give him six on the year.
- Evan Bouchard with another dad-like assist!
- Are you surprised that the Oilers’ power play scored two goals on two chances with the man advantage? You’re not, are you?
- Not to be outdone, the Oilers were also very good on the penalty kill again, easily handling all four of Arizona’s chances.
- If you love shots on goal you’ll love knowing the Oilers outshot the Coyotes by a 31-26 margin.
- You’ve finally reached the portion of the Wrap Up where I tell you that the Oilers won 56% of the faceoffs?
THE FACE PALMERS
- Dysin Mayo got the Coyotes on the board (3-1) with his first NHL goal(!!!) after the Tyson Barrie flubbed a pass near the Oilers’ blue line, allowing Arizona to reestablish their cycle until they eventually got something past Koskinen. To me, this goal was insanely frustrating because it was completely avoidable and shouldn’t have happened in the first place.
- I need to stick with Tyson Barrie for a second. What is going on with this dude right now because he has been a trash buffet in his own zone so far this season, and was directly to blame for the Mayo goal happening at all. He needs to pick it up, and I know that may sound weird considering he had a pair of assists tonight.
- The Oilers were an adventure in their own zone early in this hockey game and had it not been for Mikko Koskinen, they would have been down by at least a goal or two before the opening frame had even finished. Not a great start for the boys, and I think we were a little bit lucky that things turned out the way they did.
- I love Kailer Yamamoto but he doesn’t look much like the guy that was rolling at nearly a point-per-game clip on the second line a couple of years ago. I don’t know whether he’s banged up or simply lacking some confidence in his ability to finish, but we need the guy to get going if he’s going to stick in the top six.
- What was going on with the cameras on the broadcast? Is Sportsnet filming with Blackberry Curves down in Arizona or what?
New Balance!? Dad is rockin’ the slip on sketchers, the business casual ones he can wear with khakis and the polo.
— Derek Reid (@fiftyn39) October 22, 2021
— Turner L. Watson (@TurnerWatson) October 21, 2021
McDavid’s head could get mounted over the opposing team’s bench like a hunting trophy and he still wouldn’t get a call
— Jason (@AdamsOnHockey) October 22, 2021
We only recognize Ladislav Smid as number 5 in this house.
— Jeff Martin (@HEATcomic) October 22, 2021
You should just schedule this tweet at random times during an Oilers game and it’ll never look out of place.
— WheatNOil (@WheatNOil) October 22, 2021
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— Jeremy Thompson (@Imahockeyguy) October 22, 2021