THE BRIGHT SIDE
- The game is over now.
- Zach Hyman got the Oilers on the board (2-1) with a power play goal after posting up in front of the crease and having the puck take a lucky bounce off the back of his leg and into the net. It wasn’t the prettiest goal Hyman will ever score but it was pretty damned beautiful to me.
- Connor McDavid chipped away at Carolina’s lead (4-2) midway through the third period with another stunner of a goal that saw him carve up the defence before going shelf on Kochetkov. McDavid is NBA Jam on fire hot right now. Ridiculous.
- At least the power play scored on one of their two opportunities with the man advantage.
PRESENTED BY BETWAY
THE FACE PALMERS
- Andrei Svechnikov opened the scoring (1-0) in the dying seconds of the first period after his pass attempt to Aho took a friendly bounce into the net off of Tyson Barrie’s stick. Up until that point, I thought the Oilers were playing a solid road period but they could not capitalize on their chances whereas the Hurricanes found a way. Svechnikov added another one (3-1) midway through the second period as he walked over the blue line and ripped a wrister past Campbell on the glove-hand side. For the second time in as many games against the Oilers, Svechnikov completed the hat trick (6-2) with a backhand chipshot from the site of the net that he was able to get up and over the fallen goaltender.
- Brent Burns extended the lead (2-0) with a blast from the circle just as the Oilers were getting a man back on the PK. I didn’t know the refs were the main characters in this league, but it really seems that way considering the garbage call on Derek Ryan for delay of game led to the goal in the first place.
- Jordan Staal scored (4-1) at 19:59 of the second period. What the hell, man? Sure, you give the guy some credit for a tricky backhander, but that is an absolute killer of a goal that close to the buzzer.
- Jordan Martinook gave the Canes back their three-goal lead (5-2) with a wild goal that saw him chop the puck out of mid-air while he was falling only to have it pop up in the air and drop into the net over Campbell. Does that even make sense?
- Jesper Fast converted the touchdown (7-2) after a brutal giveaway by Jack Campbell that basically put the puck on the guy’s stick with an empty net to shoot at. Awful.
- The Oilers must have thought they were running a bakery or something because there were turnovers happening everywhere. The NHL site has their giveaways listed at four but I’m not buying it.
- Remember how fun it was to see the Oilers kill off every penalty against the Tampa Bay Lightning? Good times. That didn’t happen against Carolina. Instead, the boys allowed one goal in four shorthanded situations.
- I gotta say that I’m legitimately surprised that this is the way it went for Jack Campbell after looking so good against Tampa Bay on Tuesday night, but maybe I shouldn’t be. In that one, Soup was calm between the pipes and looked confident no matter what was coming his way, but that wasn’t the case against the Hurricanes. Instead, he looked more like the goalie we saw against Dallas and I guess the inconsistency is what’s most puzzling about what’s happening with him right now. Either way, this was a game to forget for Jack even though I will absolutely say that the team did not look great in front of him in support. Campbell finished the game with 25 saves and a .781 save%. It doesn’t get worse than that.
- Darnell Nurse was on the ice for three even-strength goals and we just need more from him. When the walls are closing in, Nurse has to be the guy that settles things down and he couldn’t get that done tonight.
- Oilers got dummied on the shot clock by a 32-22 margin. Participation ribbon at best.
- Only 44% in the faceoff circle. Nowhere near good enough.
Dem Oily Boys looking well Oiled right now pic.twitter.com/McwVXSz2xu
— The Bearded Brad (@The_BeardedBrad) November 11, 2022
Svechnikov against the Oilers is like McDavid and Draisaitl against the Preds
— Gavin Turinek (@GavinTurinek47) November 11, 2022
What this team really needs is an afternoon game next!
— Connor Doucette (@doucette7) November 11, 2022