THE BRIGHT SIDE
- The Oilers played well and I know that I’ll take shit for saying it, but I also understand that silver linings don’t pay the bills.
- @Devin Shore got the Oilers on the board (2-1) after a lucky bounce off the ref’s skate kicked right out in front of the net, giving Edmonton a wide-open net and a little bit of life in the third period.
- I love the way @Ryan McLeod plays hockey and I truly think he will be a keeper for this franchise once he gets more at-bats under his belt.
- @Mikko Koskinen was back between the pipes for his 30th start of the season, and just as he’s done over the last few weeks, I thought the big man came to play for the most part. Despite the result, Koskinen was solid for the Oilers and it would have been nice if the team in front of him was able to do their jobs a little bit better and ease up on the number of quality scoring chances their goalie had to face. I know that chirping the goalies is the easy play around here these days, but I don’t think that Kostco deserves any hate for the way he played as all three goals that beat him came on grade-A chances by the Flames. Koskinen finished with 26 saves and a .897 save%.
- Milan Lucic did not score! Great success.
- Once again, I bring you a report from the spreadsheets which states that the Oilers finished the night with a 55.22 CF% and a 58.33 xGF%.
- Sign up for the new ON Newsletter! It’s a weekly thing I’m doing and I’ll have some giveaways, etc happening in there.
THE FACE PALMERS
- @Tyler Toffoli opened the scoring (1-0) with a power play goal after a Tkachuk fanned shot trickled right to him near the edge of the crease and he lifted the puck up and over Koskinen on the glove-hand side. Just over three minutes later, Toffoli added a second goal (2-0) after picking up a pass along the left side of the ice with time and sniping a perfectly placed wrister into the top corner.
- @Johnny Gaudreau iced the game off (3-1) late in the third period with a breakaway goal that saw him finish off the play with a perfectly executed backhand to forehand deke.
- Another game, another night where the opposition scores on the power play on one of four chances with the man advantage. It’s been said a thousand times at this point, but the disaster that’s going on with the special teams is an anchor on this team right now.
- I don’t know what kind of sacrifice we need to offer to sort out the power play issues that are plaguing our team, but I’m prepared to head out into the streets to find something that the Hockey Gords might be willing to accept. Oilers finished the night at 0-for-4 with four shots. Horrible.
- It was a quiet night for Connor and Leon and that’s generally bad news for the final result.
- I thought Darnell Nurse had a rough night with the puck, and there was no better example than the turnover he coughed up at the blue line that led to Gaudreau’s breakaway goal.
- If you’re a fan of the Corskis, I must let you know with peace and love that the Flames outshot the Oilers by a 29-28 margin.
- Unfortunately, I must report that the Oilers won only 46% of the faceoffs.
- The NHL site had the giveaways listed at only five for the Oilers but I don’t see how that’s possible.
- I don’t exactly know how many times the Oilers duffed their breakout passes and missed the initial target entirely, but anything more than one is a problem and the boys had a tonne of them.
- I don’t want to pick on the guy but Warren Foegele looks like he may never score again. He needs someone to bank a goal in off his ass in the worst possible way.
Flames broadcast? *spits*
— TheTowelBoy (@TheTowelBoy) March 8, 2022
Edmonton’s powerplay through the season pic.twitter.com/k5EyGxAdiA
— Jason – reportedly pissy (@AdamsOnHockey) March 8, 2022
the oilers seriously miss ryan nugent-hopkins on the powerplay. pic.twitter.com/XtdITbc7fp
— zach laing (@zjlaing) March 8, 2022
Tricky thing is, you have to specify WHICH power play you want to work with. It's all in the details.
— Josh (@J_Guenther) March 8, 2022
Would like to see a little bit more of what Evander Kane is bringing from some other Oilers tonight. Thought Kane might speed bag Walt's boy.
— Robin Brownlee (@Robin_Brownlee) March 8, 2022
It's scary to think that Leon Draisaitl turns 27 in about 7-8 months. Connor McDavid turns 26 next year.
Meanwhile, Edmonton is *still* a fringe team that has a legitimate chance of missing the playoffs this season. What a phenomenal display of organizational ineptitude.
— Sid (@NHL_Sid) March 8, 2022