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Oilers fall flat after bye week

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins drops his gloves in a 5-1 loss to the Blackhawks.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins drops his gloves in a 5-1 loss to the Blackhawks.
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  • MISS ANY OF LAST NIGHT'S ACTION?: Matt will have a postgame update at noon.  Don't eat too much before this one, it wasn't very much fun.
  • The Oilers scored the game's first goal with four minutes gone in the first.  Patrick Maroon scored his 19th goal of the season, Connor McDavid had his 43rd assist of the season, and things looked to be rolling nicely.
  • Unfortunately, that's all the niceties that were to be afforded to the Oilers.  The Blackhawks scored two goals on the power play courtesy of Richard Panik and Patrick Kane.  Panik would help himself to another goal on top of that, while defenceman Trevor van Riemsdyk and Artem Anisimov would each have goals of their own.  Laurent Brossoit would start the third period after replacing Cam Talbot, and it was a night to forget for anyone wearing the Oil drop.  So what does that do to the standings?

  • It's not too bad.  Oilers are still in third place by a considerable margin, although the Kings now have one game in hand.  A win last night would've tied the Oilers with Anaheim, but because you're in the third paragraph of this entry, you know how that all went.  The Oilers will face off against the Coyotes on Tuesday in a game that they really should win.
  • Edmonton's not scoring any goals right now.  It's a funk that's got to snap sooner rather than later.  One goal last night, no goals (until the shootout) in last Sunday's 1-0 shootout victory against the Canadiens.  The last multi-goal game from the Oilers was a 5-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild on January 31st.  All this has to change on Tuesday.
  • GLARINGLY BAD STATISTIC: Six shots in the second period.  No good.
  • EVERYBODY'S PLAYING THE COYOTES: The LA Kings are out of action until Thursday when they will take on the Coyotes.  The Flames will also play the Coyotes tomorrow, meaning the Oilers will get them at home on the tail end of a back-to-back.