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#Oilers look to rebound against #Habs tonight. PLUS: The dire G situation, Nuge’s future, McDavid’s drive, tough first week, and MORE!

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Montreal Canadiens v Edmonton Oilers Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images

Morning, folks!

Sorry for the delay:

My life is like if the Princess and the Pea were actually about a man and a Samsung. And that man actually slept like baby on top of that phone, and now it looks like that man is about halfway through getting his incomprehensible rectangle tattoo removed.

It’s not a good look.

Put another way, my torso is looking like the Oilers’ third and fourth lines through three games.

But I digress.

We’re through one week — or three games — of the wild and wacky 2020-21 NHL season and we ‘ve got some performances to dig into. The Oilers have basically averaged 40 SOGs against in those three games, but managed to win one of them on the back of their two MVPs and a 38 (!!!) stop performance from Mikko Koskinen.

The Oilers go again tonight, looking for some redemption against a Montreal side that beat the absolute shit out of them on Saturday night. Then they’ll take their show on the road for a two-game set against the Maple Leafs before the long, arduous bus ride into Winnipeg for the first of two games on Sunday.

The weeks are going to be fast and furious like this so maybe keep your pink slips somewhere safe and avoid the temptation to race for someone else’s.

Some good, some bad from every line so far (though in the case of the fourth line, we’re talking literal split seconds of good here) but, while it is concerning that Jesse Puljujarvi’s line is sporting a 0.0 GF%, Puljujarvi himself has acquitted himself relatively well over the first three contests:

Courtesy | @EvolvingHockey

Note his position ahead of everyone but Connor McDavid in terms of individual expected goals. He doesn’t just look good. He’s been doing things that good players do.

Unfortunately, his linemates have struggled to a significant degree. Kyle Turris does indeed look washed at 5v5 and Tyler Ennis hasn’t yet found his range after coming back from injury.

Totally and completely unrelated, there’s some potential deck chair movement worth watching today:

Stay tuned.

In the meantime, whip back around here for our usual gameday coverage. We would like to give a hearty hat tip to everyone who logged in and let loose in our first three game threads. We love it, and we appreciate it. Hope to see you back there tonight.


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