There was a time, not long ago that facing off against Chicago was almost a guaranteed 2 points. In fact the central division at the time was so weak that Detroit, like Vancouver in the Northwest division over the past few years, would get almost 50% of their points in a season against their weak division rivals. I point this out for those of us losing faith in the Oilers rebuild. Chicago missed the playoffs 9/10 season and 10/11 years if you count the lockout. In that time they were able to draft the likes of Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook all cornerstones of their team today. They also went through 8 coaches before the found Joe Quenneville. So the next time someone tells you that Edmonton's rebuild is more like the Islanders than the Blackhawks just point this out to them.
With all of that being said the Oilers played a bad game against a team that had lost the night before in a game that was pushed to overtime. From my stand point it looked like the Oilers had just come off of a double header the night before. There was very little drive or push and Chicago controlled the puck for most of the game. The Oilers played poorly but there were still some highlight reel plays that showed us what the Oilers can be with some good acquisitions, decent trades and the right coaching.
It's become the norm that after a loss I point out what the Oilers could have done different on a certain goal against but tonight the honours belong to Ales Hemsky and the first goal of the game. Hemsky recieves a pass from Jeff Petry and undresses both Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook to sneak a beautiful goal past Antti Raanta.
Another interesting point is that Hemsky was moved to the right wing for Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins later on in the game because Sam Gagner was just brutal all night.
I had to add this one just because its the first Oilers best SHG of the season and if I didn't how could I live with myself.
What Twitter was Saying
During the Game
These ones just speak for themselves.
HEMMMMMMMER 1-0 #OILERS— allybaby (@allycadarian) January 13, 2014
It's going to suck cheering against Hemsky in February.— Derek Blasutti (@dawgbone98) January 13, 2014
Most #Oilers goal in history!— Richard Cloutier (@rdcloutier) January 13, 2014
Listen..Dallas Eakins is good for this group, they just need some better Defence. #oilers— armchairgm (@GM_Armchair) January 13, 2014
Blackhawks outchanced #Oilers 29 to 9.— David Staples (@dstaples) January 13, 2014
25-50-7 seems legit this year. Not sure whether to laugh at that or just puke #oilers— SmokinOil (@DavidRocan) January 13, 2014
- Devan Dubnyk - I'm pretty sure Dubnyk has hired either Ron Hextall or Pete Peeters as personal trainers because he has been feisty lately. He made some great stops today even if he allowed 5.
- Martin Marincin
- Jeff Petry
Up next the Dallas Stars this one should be fun.