It was one of those nights for the Edmonton Oilers.
The Minnesota Wild handed Edmonton their second regulation loss of the season in a 3-0 decision. It was an all-around ugly night for the Oilers as they struggled to develop any momentum all night long. The big guns ran out of gas and the rest of the team was unable to push the vehicle forward without them.
The Oilers had some jump to start the game and got ahead on the shot clock 3-0 early on. This didn’t last. The rink started to tilt in Minnesota’s favour around the 13 minute mark of the first period and Erik Staal potted his first two of the season and, former Oiler, Brad Hunt banked a slapshot off of Darnell Nurse on the power play. Edmonton’s worst period of the season ends in a 3-0 lead for the Wild.
The 2nd period started off with a scary moment. Brandon Manning was hooked down while driving the Minnesota net causing Devan Dubnyk to jump out of the way and fall to the ice, slamming his head against the ice. Dubnyk left the game and Nugent-Hopkins would hit the post on the next play...no dice. 3-0 at the end of 40 minutes.
Not much else happened in this one. The third period was as uneventful as a 20 minute stretch of hockey could be. The Oilers definitely didn’t climb themselves out that 3-0 hole and were shutout for the second consecutive game.
The Bad: (yea it was one of those nights)
- Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl look tired, which is concerning considering we are still in October. They have been towing the line early on without little to no support outside of James Neal. Depth scoring needs to be better.
- The Oilers have been held off the scoreboard for 6 consecutive periods now. This is something that you, obviously, don’t want to continue.
- For the first time in a while the Edmonton Oilers did not receive great goaltending. Mike Smith let in 3 goals on the first 12 shots faced and that really set the Oilers back early on.
- Alex Chiasson, Brandon Manning and Josh Archibald all deserve a night in the press box...all 3 looked terrible tonight.
- Power-play faltered tonight alongside the penalty kill. Not a great night for the special teams for Edmonton
- Overall it was just a dismal showing for the Oilers against a team that has struggled so far this year. The team now holds a 7-2-1 record as they head back to Edmonton to take on a very good Capitals team. The hot start has afforded them some time to figure things out but they can’t let games like the past 2 become the regular.