Good evening folks! Happy to be back with my first post-game of the year.
Please keep me posted if you feel like I miss anything in these summaries! Also, if I miss anything I may have been checking the Browns-Broncos game, I have Jarvis Landry and Noah Fant playing...
The Oilers are in Arizona tonight to take on the Coyotes in their fourth game of the year, and they come in with a 3-0-0 record against Arizona’s 0-2-1 mark. And with that, here we go...
Oilers lines @ Arizona:
Hyman - McDavid - Puljujarvi
RNH - Draisaitl - Yamamoto
Foegele - Ryan - Kassian
Perlini - Shore - Turris
Nurse - Barrie
Keith - Ceci
Koekkoek - Bouchard
For the first time this year, Dave Tippett is starting the game with Mikko Koskinen in net. Stuart Skinner is the back up, as Mike Smith was just added to the IR and will be out for a week or so. Another first in this game is the top two lines, which feature more balance and the separation of McDavid and Draisaitl on two different lines. Bottom six remains the same as their last game.
And the Coyotes are countering with, well... Jay Beagle is the first line centre (no offense to Jay).
A pretty tame start to this game, but both Koskinen and Vejmelka have made a few decent stops on some odd man rushes on Chychrun and McDavid, respectively. The Coyotes built on that momentum with a few decent chances, most notably Dmitri Jaskin, who clanged one off the post while in Koskinen’s lap. Hardly seems like a full crowd in Glendale either...
Hearing Arizona Coyote chants and wondering where they’re coming from because there’s 12 people in the stands— caroline szwed (@caroline_szwed) October 22, 2021
HOLY S%!T Warren Foegele takes a nothing play and works Mayo’s triangle before blasting one by Vejmelka! What a first goal. 1-0 Edmonton. Zack Kassian’s 100th career assist.
The excitement is short-lived however, as the aforementioned Kassian takes an elbowing penalty a few seconds later. Womp womp. The best chance of the powerplay came from Darnell Nurse, who blew by Clayton Keller to have a point blank chance.
The Oilers open the second period up with a few penalties, first with a much-contested bench minor for faceoff violation, which both McDavid and Tippett were furious about, and then another for an Evan Bouchard hold.
Fortunately for Bouchard... Hyman scores shorthanded! The Oilers winder, in his fifth game with the team, banks one off the post and in while on a 2-on-1 with Nurse. 2-0 Oilers.
Shortly after the penalty kills, Dave Tippett loads up the top line with McDavid, Drai and JP, and McJesus button hooks quickly in the offensive zone and fires one by Vejmelka. Connor’s 200th career and the Oilers are up 3-0.
In his first ever game, former Edmonton Oil King Dysin Mayo scores his first NHL goal after a deflection off McDavid in the Oilers’ zone. 3-1 Oilers.
Some hard work in the Coyotes zone turns into a powerplay for the Oilers after Chychrun trips up Yamamoto in the corner. After some terrific passing, Hyman tucks it in from Draisaitl and McDavid. #18’s second of the night, and it’s 4-1 Oilers.
Nick Schmaltz continues the penalty kill for the Coyotes, as his errant stick strikes Kyle Turris right in the mouth. Unfortunately for Nick, Connor takes the cross ice pass from RNH off the skate and pots his second of the game. Nuge’s third assist of the game. 5-1 Edmonton.
Zack Kassian takes his second penalty of the game, a slash on Lawson Crouse, and he’s also given a 10-min misconduct for the little poke. A softie, certainly, but alas. Oilers to the PK. No harm done, either.
A milestone night for McDavid, but all in all a fairly uneventful game. The Edmonton Oilers join the Florida Panthers as the only 4-0-0 teams in the NHL thus far. Next up, tomorrow night @ Vegas Golden Knights.
Alex’s three stars:
- Zach Hyman
- Connor McDavid
- Mikko Koskinen
Connor McDavid is the second player in franchise history to record four multi-point games to begin a season (Wayne Gretzky). #Oilers— Tony Brar (@TonyBrarOTV) October 22, 2021