If you’re going to play a stinker at home, the preseason is the best time to do it. The Oilers were outplayed in every way imaginable while dropping a 6-2 verdict to the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday night.
- Carolina hit ‘em early and hard. The Oilers had one shot on goal through ten minutes, and they didn’t get their second til the sixteenth minute of the first period. The second shot on goal was a long boomer from Oscar Klefbom which was met with a fairly strong Bronx cheer. Meanwhile, the Hurricanes pushed all throughout the first period. Carolina would finish the first period up on the scoreboard 2-1, and they would lead the shots on goal margin by 15-4.
- Canes forward Teuvo Teravainen scored a couple of goals in the first period, both on the power play. Teravainen is going to be a major player for the Hurricanes this year after finishing with 42 points in 81 games last year. Is true, you win with Finns.
- Ryan Strome was the only bright spot for Edmonton in the first period. Strome was in perfect position in front of Canes goalie Scott Darling to tap one home late in the first. The goal would draw the Oilers to a 2-1 deficit. They would take this small deficit into the dressing room at the end of the first, but they’d never get closer.
- All of the air came out of the Oilers when they allowed a shorthanded goal in the second period to Canes forward Lucas Wallmark in the second. Lucas Wallmark didn’t miss from five feet.
- KAILER YAMAMOTO SCORED AGAIN. Look at that deflection! They’re not going to send them back. Are they? They might send him back. They might not. I don’t know. At this point, I’d think long and hard about keeping him around for nine games. Guy’s got five goals and an assist in the preseason. This goal and the Strome goal were the bright spots in a night that the Oilers would like to quickly forget.
- Canes led 4-2 at the end of 40. Theoretically, there’s a chance of a comeback. Jordan Staal (remember him?) would score twice in the third period to put the kibosh on any ideas of a comeback, including the dagger just 42 seconds into the third. He’d add one more and the Hurricanes would finish this one easy.
- Refs are calling everything and anything so far this preseason. That’s nice, but it usually lasts for just a little while into the regular season.
- CALL HIM YESSUH: Jesse Puljujarvi’s first name is to be pronounced “Yess-uh”. That’s according to Bob during last night’s game. Yess-uh it is.
- Not a great day for the Oilers PK. (3/6)
- I’m not sure if the Oilers are going to keep Yamamoto for any games in the regular season, but they ought to keep him for at least one more preseason game. He’s killing it out there right now.
- Bob Stauffer called the game with Rob Brown. People liked hearing them instead of Drew Remenda. People will not get what they want, and you will hear Drew Remenda in eight days. It is written.
- Just two more preseason games until the regular season begins in eight days against Calgary at home. Oilers will face off against the Hurricanes in Saskatoon tomorrow before finishing up in Vancouver on Saturday.