If you’ve ever wondered what an almost perfect road game looked like, tonight was it. The Oilers didn’t dominate when it came to the possession game but matched the Senators line for line throughout most of the game. Once they gained a 4 - 2 lead midway through the second period they sat back but capitalized on poor goaltending and walked away with a 7 - 2 win.
Where do I start? Jordan Eberle had two goals and an assist. Connor McDavid, Benoit Pouliot, Lauri Korpikoski and Leon Draisaitl each had 2 points. The rest of the team with the exception of Nail Yakupov, Justin Schultz and Darnell Nurse all had a point in the game.
Once again Cam Talbot had a good game, stopping 36 of 38 shots against. He made some smart plays. He slowed down the play when the Oilers needed it, made some big save when the game was close and made the stops he needed to.
Then there were the fights. I am not a big fan of fighting but until the rules change it will be a part of the game. Eric Gryba fought twice and Darnell Nurse fought once. None of them were much of "game changers" as many will have you believe but at least it wasn’t Luke Gazdic fighting some other meathead.
Before the game started our own Jeff Chapman tweeted this out:
move over, calgary. the senators now own the league's worst PK% at 74.8%. pic.twitter.com/FYkl8CkZP2— Jeff Chapman (@NewWaveOil) February 4, 2016
And sure enough the Senators showed just how bad their PK is. The Oilers are one of the worst power play teams in the league but against the Senators they were 100% going 3 for 3. To make things worse the final power play goal was scored by Brandon Davidson with the help of a bunch of 4th liners.
Oh look its one of my favourite types of games, a matinee. The Oilers head to Montreal to take on the struggling Canadiens. The game starts at 12:00PM MT so be ready for two slow and tired looking teams. YAY HOCKEY DAY IN CANADA!!!