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#Oilers lose for the first time this season in Chicago, the bottom six scoring issues are starting to be an...issue...James Neal scores another one, and MORE!

Edmonton Oilers v Chicago Blackhawks
Right before the backbreaking goal.
Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images

Morning, folks!

Well, it happened. The Oilers lost their first game of the season last night. While most of us surely expected this to happen about five games ago, it’s hard not to feel like they let one slip away against an undefeated Hawks team that still pours minutes into Brent Seabrook.

The Oilers were not good for large parts of last night’s game and in most cases, those parts coincided with shifts that didn’t include one of Connor McDavid or Leon Draisaitl.

Mike Smith was up to his usual shenanigans, making some important stops on the one hand but actively causing Chicago’s second goal with his penchant for puck handling.

All in all, it’s pretty hard to complain about a 5-1-0 record after six games this season.

So we’ll wait until they’re 5-2, because there are obvious concerns about their play, results aside.

You may have noticed there was no recap for this one last night, and I guess we all learned a valuable lesson about what happens when you have two writers for a Saturday game and zero for the holiday Monday.

Next time.

Leave your best GAME RECAP headlines in the comments for last night’s affair. My working title: “Something something something, #Oilers lose 3-1.” Something like that.

From Us

GAME THREAD: Edmonton Oilers @ Chicago Blackhawks (Copper and Blue)

Holiday Hot Links: Monday, October 14 (Copper and Blue)

GAME PREVIEW: Edmonton Oilers @ Chicago Blackhawks (Copper and Blue)

From Elsewhere

Finding The Depth Scoring (Oilersnation)

Crawford Leads Blackhawks To 1st Win, 3-1 Over Oilers (THW)

Oilers Accept Blame As They Lose Perfect Record In Defeat To Blackhawks (Sportsnet)

Oilers Fall To Hawks, Suffer 1st Lose Of Season (CBC)

Watch: Neal Tops 2018-19 Goal Total With 8th Tally (Score)

For Money

Lowetide: How will the Oilers compensate when James Neal’s scoring cools off? (The Athletic)