APRIL HOCKEY ON THE OUTSIDE
A three goal third period helped propel the Oilers to their first win in six games.
- Connor McDavid would pick up three assists in a 4-3 victory, he now has 106 total points on the year.
- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored his 23rd goal of the season. Whoever is on that right side to start 2018-19, I feel pretty good about 93-97 on that line. Since becoming a duo, 93 has eleven points (5-6-11) in eleven games. Hey, didn’t he have cracked ribs at one time this year?
- A four game dry spell for Ty Rattie was quenched as he had a goal and an assist in tonight’s victory. While the Oilers ought to see if they can sign a free agent to play 1RW in the offseason, it would absolutely not surprise me to see Ty Rattie back around for another year.
- POWER PLAY GOAL?
Look at that. I’ve seen one of these before. You know, where the good guys with the man advantage put the puck in the net of the team a man down? The goal is Michael Cammalleri’s seventh of the year.
- Ty Rattie would score the eventual game winning goal with just under seven minutes in regulation. Rattie’s got five on the year and nine total points in 13 games. The key to scoring points on McDavid’s line? Be able to keep up. If Lucic could keep up with McDavid, I don’t think we’d be wringing our hands about Lucic’s point total.
- Jesse Puljujarvi got some top six time alongside Leon Draisaitl and Jujhar Khaira. 14:45 ice time, two shots, and a penalty late in the game. It’s a good thing there’s plenty of time left in the season to give Puljujarvi some more time on the top six. I’m being told that there’s only one game left. Cool.
Cam Talbot the first Oiler goalie in 16 years (Salo) to win 30 games in back-to-back seasons.— Jack Michaels (@EdmontonJack) April 6, 2018
A small sliver of success in a wasted season? Talbot gets his 30th win. It’s more impressive when you figure out that the Oilers have just 35 wins on the year. Talbot has had several forgettable moments this year, he’ll need to get back more to his 2016-17 form if the Oilers are going to have a successful 2018-19. The club could also get some NHL players on the wing, but I’m probably asking a bit too much from a team that will likely have some tight purse strings come July.
- There’s one more game left in the season! It’s the Sedin Farewell Tour on Saturday night at Rogers Place. Oilers can close out the season by not rolling a turd on Saturday, maybe McDavid scores another couple of points. Then, we get to blot out the memories of this season. Draft season is just around the corner. Don’t miss any of it.