|0-0-2, 2 points, 1 p/g||Ranks||2-1-0, 4 points, 1.33 p/g|
|Metropolitan Division, 5th||Pacific Division - 1st|
Back To Earth
The Oilers took whatever good feelings they had bottled up after defeating Calgary twice in two games and let a Sabres team dominate them on the scoresheet. Buffalo's Ryan O'Reilly had a four point night en route to a Sabres 6-2 victory over the host Oilers. There's as lot of finger-pointing at Cam Talbot after this one, and yes, he did have a rough outing. One goal he allowed was from well behind the red line, and that's not going to win you praise from people. To add fun to a carnival, Jonas Gustavsson sustained what looked like a concussion after Talbot was pulled, and he'll be on the shelf for the next little while.
There's still some good, as the Oilers had some chances that they didn't cash. Let's go to the tape.
The Oilers are saying
"I met with the leadership group after the game and asked them if they'd be willing to flip an off-day Monday for an off-day Wednesday, which they will get...I made it real clear to them we weren't bringing them in here and lining them up to skate from end to end and watch guys throw up because that doesn't happen anymore in the NHL. If you want to continue to coach and you want to have an impact with young players, you have to show the you're prepared to work with them to try and help them. That's what today was about. They were really receptive."Source
That's Oilers coach Todd McLellan on swapping a mandatory rest day on Monday with Wednesday.
Lots of folks didn't seem to mind it when the Oilers opted to turn a day off into a work day, especially after a 6-2 turd was laid in the bowl of Rogers Place. Unfortunately for the team and the fans, I've got a sneaky suspicion that the NHLPA is going to make hay with this, as the CBA suggests that only reasons that are "compelling" are able to turn off mandatory rest days into days that are not rest days.
What's compelling you ask? Former NHL players Willie Mitchell and Martin Biron suggest that dropping a stinker in your home rink isn't a compelling reason.
I'm sure we'll hear more from this before it goes away.
The opponents are saying
"In the third, the game was there to be had, and we just made too many simple, unforced mistakes." Source