THE BRIGHT SIDE
- As usual, I’m going to start the bright side off with our captain after Connor got his 30th point of the season when he assisted on Andrej Sekera’s second-period goal. He got his 31st point on his 11th goal of the season (all even strength goals) that came a little bit too late. Thank Gord for this kid because too often he’s the only fun part about these losses.
- Connor McDavid is an Oiler. When the Leafs are in town it’s a point that deserves its own bullet.
- I hope you’re sitting down for the next one. Not only did Andrej Sekera get a shot from the point on net — but it actually went in! I’m going to give you a minute to let that sink in.
- If there’s one thing Oilers fans are good at it’s making fun out of nothing on Twitter. Oilers Twitter was hilarious tonight which ended up being the most entertaining part of the night.
- Jonas Gustavsson was solid in relief of Talbot. He didn’t come into the best spot and he handled it well. The Monster stopped all nine shots he faced.
- The penalty kill was perfect again, killing off all four attempts that they faced. If only the PP could match the PK.
- They won the Corsi? Oilers outshot the Leafs 30-23.
THE FACE PALMERS
- The amount of time and space that William Nylander had to walk into the Oilers’ zone and set up Auston Matthews for the first goal of the game was disgusting. The forwards sat back and watched and Klefbom and Larsson couldn’t handle their checks and the Oilers found themselves chasing from the start. They have to be better.
- If the first goal was bad then the second goal was dreadful. James Van Riemsdyk had all day to sit there and wack away at the loose puck in front of Cam Talbot. He finally put the puck in the net after the third or fourth hack. Embarrassing coverage.
- I guess the Oilers defense know no shame because just when I thought the coverage on the JVR goal was bad, Edmonton doubled down to leave two guys open in front of the net. Kadri scored on a mini 2-on-0 and it was lights out from there. You can’t make it up.
- Not a good night for Cam Talbot, but, at the same time, it’s not like he got any help on a couple of the goals he allowed. Bad luck and team mistakes aside, Talbot finished the night with four goals allowed, 10 saves and a .714 save%.
- Oscar Klefbom wears the green jacket tonight as he finished the night with a -3 on his scorecard. Plus/minus is far from perfect, but it does tell a part of the story. Unfortunately, this story isn’t great when you consider that it’s a first pairing defenseman that we’re talking about.
- Puljujarvi played less than nine minutes tonight (8:34) and he didn’t get much done even when he did play. Not one of his better nights. Lots of time left on my patience for this big fella.
- Oilers went 49% in the faceoff circle. By no means a horrible night, but is still the fourth consecutive game where they’ve lost more draws than they’ve won.
- The power play couldn’t have been worse tonight. Going 0/6 on back to back nights is horrific, and they need a new approach. Whatever this plan is, it isn’t working and Jay Woodcroft needs to head back to the drawing board, tiny table, or wherever it is that he colours his power play pictures on.
- Every time the Leafs are in town there are waaayyy too many Toronto jerseys in the stands. Dislike. Gross. World’s worst.
Auston Matthews (10) ASST: William Nylander (10), Nikita Zaitsev (9)
Connor McDavid (11) ASST: Milan Lucic (10)
BEST OF THE TWEETS
— Seannor McDavidson (@JJJ_Jr_Shabadoo) November 30, 2016
@OilersNation just make sure you always have both defensemen pinning one guy without the puck.
— Dane Thompson (@Dr_Thompson94) November 30, 2016
@jsbmbaggedmilk Apparently the Kris Russell winning effect doesn’t do Toronto.
— Curtis Crosswhite (@curcro) November 30, 2016
@OilersNation wanna know what’s worse than losing to the Coyotes? Losing to the leafs. Twice.
— Stephanie (@stephylee0526) November 30, 2016
— Matthew K (@mcoolsoul) November 30, 2016
A GOOD OL’ HOCKEY GAME
- When: Friday December 9th with doors opening at 2pm (the game starts at 6pm).
- Where: West Edmonton Mall at the Mayfield Toyota Ice Palace
- Who: Edmonton takes on Minnesota
- Why: Because we love to party
- What else: We’re going to have prize giveaways all night long
- How much to get in: FREE!