Got to hand it to Arizona, I thought the Oilers would at least score one today. I mean, they did score, but it wouldn’t end up counting for all that much. Pat Maroon scored late in the third, but it got called back for goaltender interference. The Coyotes scored on their very first shot, and that’s all the scorin’ that happened in this one. Arizona picks up their seventeenth win of the season. Edmonton picks up their 30th loss in regulation.
AND THEY’RE OFF
“There’s no consistency and I’m f*****g sick of it. It’s f*****g ridiculous. You can quote me, they can fine me, I don’t give a f*** anymore.” — Oilers goalie Cam Talbot on the mystery that is goaltender interference in the NHL— Rob Tychkowski (@Rob_Tychkowski) February 18, 2018
Cam Talbot says what we’ve all been thinking for some time now. While the Oilers can’t put a sixty minute game together to save their lives as of late, they’ve had quite a few goals washed out for various, sundry reasons. The Oilers thought they had a 1-1 tie in the third period when Oscar Klefbom hit Pat Maroon in front of Coyotes goaltender Antti Raanta. The goal was called back. Zero goals against the Coyotes.
TO THE BULLETS
- Oilers now without a point in their last six games (0-6-0). We’ve got six more weeks of hockey to go!
- There’s been a recurring theme this season of how the Oilers get down early and can’t come back. Another recurring theme? Getting your tires deflated on the first shot of a game. It took three and a half minutes, but that’s exactly what happened this afternoon after Oliver Ekman-Larsson launched one from the point.
- Adam Larsson was back in the lineup for the Oilers this afternoon. He played a whisker shy of nineteen minutes and had a 4 PIM.
- 40 saves for Antti Raanta. Hey, good for that guy.
- No goals scored today, so we won’t talk about the power play going 0-for-2. The PK went a perfect 4-for-4. That’s...good?
- Oilers DeathMarch 2018 continues tomorrow in Colorado with another early one.
- The NHL Entry Draft will be held on June 22nd and 23rd this year in Dallas. That’s only four months away!