THE BRIGHT SIDE
- Leon Draisaitl tied the game with a power play goal (1-1) after Connor McDavid found him in his office in the circle. At this point, it’s amazing how many he’s able to get from the same spot on the ice and how each and every one of them is equally beautiful to me.
- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins pulled the Oilers to within a single goal (3-2) after finding a loose puck near the side of the net and burying it into the empty cage. Nugent-Hopkins also led the team with seven shots on goal.
- I love the Oilers’ power play. I really do. There’s nothing quite as satisfying as seeing the other team cheat only to have our beloved Oilers punish them for the indiscretion. Magic. Tonight, Edmonton finished at 1-for-4 with the man advantage.
- I liked Jesse Puljujarvi’s game again and was happy to see him rewarded with an assist on RNH’s goal because he was mixing it up all night long.
- I like the way Klim Kostin plays. He’s greasy and the Oilers need more guys like that.
- For the first time in nine tries, the Oilers actually outshot their opponent after registering 30 shots to 28 for the Devils.
- The boys also won 54% of the faceoffs but I’m not even allowed to enjoy it.
PRESENTED BY BETWAY
THE FACE PALMERS
- On the first power play of the game despite a questionable call, Jesper Bratt opened the scoring early in the first period with a one-timer from the slot after Nico Hischier found him with all kinds of time and space to hammer the puck.
- Dawson Mercer restored the Devils’ lead (2-1) with a tap-in from out front after a brutal giveaway by Stuart Skinner when he tried to play the puck and basically duffed it. Normally Skinner is calmer with the puck on his stick but this was a sequence to forget.
- Damon Severson put the Devils up by a pair (3-1) with a snipe from the slot after New Jersey flew into the offensive zone with too much speed for the Oilers to handle and carved them up with a passing play that led to the goal. Big yikes.
- As good as the Oilers were in the first period, they were not in the second period.
- Only moments after RNH made the game interesting, Tomas Tatar restored the Devils’ two-goal lead (4-2) after he was able to track a rebound that popped up into the air and bat the puck into the net before it landed. Sometimes you’ve gotta tip your cap.
- Yegor Sharangovich put the final nail in the coffin (5-2) with a nice individual play that saw him dangle the defenceman before sticking his shot perfectly in the top-left corner.
- Another game, another night where the Oilers gave up a PK goal against. Edmonton finished 1/3 on the PK.
- I have all the belief in the world in Stuart Skinner but this just wasn’t his night. Over and above the gaff on the second goal by Mercer, Skinner just didn’t look like himself but I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt because it’s the first time in a while that he’s had a start go this way. The good news is that Skinner is young, he’s talented, and I have no doubt in my mind that he’s going to learn from his mistakes. Skinner finished the night with 23 saves and a .821 save%.
- Late in the second period, Jack Campbell took a puck to the face while sitting on the bench and if that wasn’t a cruel metaphor for how his year is going then I don’t know what is. The scary part was that the puck hit him near the eye and he rushed down the tunnel pretty damned fast, making me worry about the damage the deflected shot may have caused.
- Ryan McLeod can’t buy a goal right now and it’s driving me nuts. I love the way he plays but dammit does he ever need some good news.
I was just gonna tag you in this until I realized it was you that tweeted it 😅
— BrittBritt ✨ (@britteebeee) November 22, 2022
rude of Vanacek to not have had a practice disk in the top left corner for him to shoot at
— Peter, not Parker (@peterjs__) November 22, 2022
Im certain that an advanced stat exists to support your claim.
One shall be invented.
— Kerry McGowan (@306Kerosene) November 22, 2022