The slide is now at five.
Edmonton has had some success against the Golden Knights this year (well, at least for two games) but none of it was readily available for last night’s 4-1 loss at T-Mobile Arena. The Oilers have gotten really good at going behind two, three goals before putting one up of their own. The Golden Knights were able to hang four on the Oilers before Leon Draisaitl was able to hang one up for the good guys.
It ended poorly again. No bow-ties, no funny hats. Oilers are in a full-on funk as the trade deadline is just ten days away.
- Vegas keeps scoring goals, it’s kind of been their thing this season. That’s William Karlsson’s 30th goal of the season on a goal that Cam Talbot would surely like to have back. It’s also a power play goal, which continually reinforces just how awful this year’s penalty kill has been. This goal made it 3-0 midway through the second and it was obvious that the Golden Knights had their foot firmly on the accelerator and weren’t about to let off. Golden Knights were 1 for 2 on the power play. The Oilers...well, their uniforms are stunning. One power play chance, nothing good came of it.
- In what is quite possibly the most Oilers-y thing of the season, Patrick Maroon got tangled up with David Perron along the boards and looked to have suffered a lower body injury. Fortune smiled up us all, and the future second-round pick that will likely come from his trade is still very much in play. Chiarelli really doesn’t need one of his heavy hitters to go on the IR ten days before the trade deadline. Sheesh.
- LOOKING TO THE FUTURE: With the NHL playoffs a distant memory at this point, we’re going to turn it over to draft coverage a little sooner than later. If the Oilers finished the season today, they’d be in a prime spot to draft RH defenceman Adam Boqvist of Sweden. You can bet that we’ll be talking a little about him in just a little while. And Rasmus Dahlin too, because like Touchdown Tom, you never count the Oilers out of a draft lottery.
- The Oilers keep it moving with a matinee game on Saturday in Arizona. That’s a 12 o’clock start for everyone in Alberta, so set your clocks early for a game that the Oilers might have a shot in. They’re in Colorado for another early one on Sunday. I wonder how Nail Yakupov is doing anyway.