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Oilers Fall 2-1 to Vancouver

NHL: Edmonton Oilers at Vancouver Canucks Bob Frid-USA TODAY Sports

The Oilers played pretty well on Saturday, but Canucks netminder Thatcher Demko played a little bit better, as Vancouver snapped the Oilers’ winning streak, by a score of 2-1.

After a scoreless first period, the Canucks got on the board first, in the second period, with a goal that more closely resembled a rugby scrum than a hockey play. It was a stupid goal, to be blunt. The ref claimed that he never lost sight of the puck in the scum, and since it made its way into the net, it probably was loose, but it was clearly a garbage goal.

However, the Oilers would respond, on a Leon Draisaitl power play goal, a one-timer, from Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, and Connor McDavid.

The 1-1 score held until midway through the third and final frame, when the Canucks took the lead on a Tyler Myers slapshot.

The Oilers won’t win many games when they only score once, nor will anyone, but it’s not as if the Oilers failed to generate offensive pressure tonight.

Per, the Oilers generated 3.25 expected goals in all situations, compared to 2.84 for the Canucks. As these numbers would indicate Mikko Koskinen didn’t play poorly at all, but, he wasn’t quite as good as Demko was.

The McDavid-Draisaitl duo continued to excel at even-strength, despite behind held off the scoresheet at 5 on 5. McDavid had a game-high +0.83 on-ice expected goal differential, according to MoneyPuck, followed closely by Draisaitl at +0.8. Their line, which also featured Kailer Yamamoto, sported a 72.8% expected goal share in just under 17 minutes together at 5 on 5.

The Oilers will attempt to get back to their winning ways on Monday, as they travel to Calgary to take on the Flames in the first of two battles of Alberta next week.