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SportsCult of Hockey Player Grades: The young Edmonton Oilers slip 4-2 in a tight battle with the more experienced Canucks in Vancouver

09:31  18 september  2019
09:31  18 september  2019 Source:   edmontonjournal.com

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The Edmonton Oilers did not look like the club playing the second of back-to-backs on Sunday night in Vancouver . The Canucks were. But mental, as much as physical, errors crept into the Oilers game and it cost them a precious 4 - 2 decision in a 4-point

Cult of Hockey Player Grades: The young Edmonton Oilers slip 4-2 in a tight battle with the more experienced Canucks in Vancouver© Anne-Marie Sorvin Sep 17, 2019; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Vancouver Canucks forward Brandon Sutter (20) scores on a penalty shot against Edmonton Oilers goaltender Shane Starrett (40) during the first period at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports ORG XMIT: USATSI-406620

Vancouver Canucks 4 Edmonton Oilers 2 (EN)

The under-manned Edmonton Oilers put up a game effort against an NHL-heavy Canucks lineup in Vancouver Tuesday night.

In fact the Oil led 2-1 well into the final period and quite properly out-shot the home club over-all, 37-24. But a couple of 3rd Period posts by Oilers shooters and 2 Canucks goals just 1:19 apart in that same frame saw Vancouver edge ahead. And then a poor decision by a veteran D-man led directly to the  4-2 empty-netter…and that was all she wrote.

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The Edmonton Oilers blew a glorious chance to climb the standings Sunday night, losing 5-2 to the last team in the NHL. In fact, the Kings were a last place team that had played the night before and lost 4 - 2 to the Canucks .

Edmonton Oilers Player Grades . CAM TALBOT. The Oilers just made too many critical mistakes against one of the best teams in the league and it cost them…on the scoreboard and in the standings.

Here’s the tale of the tape:

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SHANE STARRETT . 7. A solid game, especially early in the 2nd frame when the Canucks started to press. The save of the night was a lightning-fast right pad that darted out to rob Michael Ferland. Also made a terrific stop on a hard drive by Tanner Pearson, and another on Elias Pettersson. Would like to have the rebound back on the Pettersson goal, though. Had no chance on the penalty shot and was absolutely hung out to dry on the 3-2. Stopped 20 of the 23 he faced. Acquitted himself well.

COOPER MARODY . 5. A high-event game. Needed to get the puck deep in the attacking zone. Instead, the puck squibbed back to Josh Currie who muffed the pass to the point, leading to an odd-man rush that ended in a penalty shot and a Canucks goal for a 1-0 start. Also snuffed out a good O-zone push by trying to force the puck through traffic. But also started the attack on the Russell goal. And worked the puck toward the net on Jurco’s goal. Not sure that kind of give-and-take wins you an NHL job.

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It is riskier using the middle of the ice, but Oilers new assistant coach Jim Playfair told Jason Strudwick and me during an interview on TSN 1260 at the 2019 NHL entry draft in Vancouver he wanted his D-men to go up the gut more often. Playfair outlined what his approach with the D-men would be.

Edmonton Oilers 4 Columbus Blue Jackets 0The Edmonton Oilers kept the window on their post-season Edmonton Oilers Player Grades . MIKKO KOSKINEN. For the time being, the Oilers are just 5 points out of the final wildcard spot in the West, and have passed Vancouver in the standings.

TOMAS JURCO . 7. Perhaps the Oilers best forward on the night. Has NHL-caliber hands and made an abundance of NHL-level decisions. Scored the 1-1 when the puck came off the net and right onto his blade. But Jurco sure didn’t make a mistake on the opportunity. It was on and off his stick in a millisecond. Also assistewd on the Russell goal. Lots of smart, clever passes in the attacking zone. You’ll want to see him a week down the road against tougher comp. But did himself a favor tonight, for sure.

JOSH CURRIE . 4. A poor pass/decision by Josh Currie at his own blue-line led to a jail-break in the other direction, forcing Dmitri Samorukov to look down Brandon Sutter who promptly converted a penalty shot into the 1-0. A shot and 2 hits, and some decent work along the walls. But that error in the attacking zone will stick in the minds of the coaching staff.

DARNELL NURSE . 5. A rookie mistake from a veteran D-man, Nurse’s failure to get the puck deep in the dying seconds of the game led directly to the empty-net goal. Also nnake-bitten on offence as two good chances heeled off his stick. Was quite good defensively in including a neat, 1st Period stuff on Elias Pettersson. If this is Nurse just shaking the rust off? Ok. But he wasn’t great.

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ADAM LARSSON . 6. A largely solid performance. About the only thing that marred his performance was the gap he allowed in the high slot on the 3-2 goal. But he also needs his centerman to have that man. 3 shots and a hit in 21:34.

COLBY CAVE . 4. Looked quite sharp early. But tapered off. Then a lost face-off and a subsequent failure to pick up his man led directly to the 2-2 goal. In a battle for the 4C position, that will not do Cave any favors. 13/17 on the dot.

MARKUS GRANLUND . 4 . It looked as if Granlund struggled with the pace of the game and ended up the night -2. Did show well in 1:57 of PK time. A strong effort to get back on the back-check in the 2nd frame.

PATRICK RUSSELL . 7. Had a whale of a game. 7 shots on goal to lead the club, and was rewarded with a goal and an assist for his efforts. The goal was a hard wrister just inside the post with help from Jurco and Marody. I’m not sure Russell does any one thing particularly well. But he’s a smart player who makes lots of good, little plays and seems able to avoid the big mistake. Has a shot.

BRANDON MANNING . 6. If Brandon Manning is to win the 7D job with the Oilers he just needs to keep playing games like this one. Calm and collected behind the goal line on a hard 3rd Period Canucks push. 2 shots, 2 hits, a block and +2 in 16:45 of steady-eddy hockey. A good night.

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The Edmonton Oilers swept their 3-home-stand by defeating the Stanley Cup Finalist Vegas Golden Knights Saturday night, in Edmonton Oilers Player Grades . MIKKO KOSKINEN. I liked his battle level below his own goal line in a 2 nd Period series that resulted in the puck safely exiting the D-zone.

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ETHAN BEAR . 6. Solid. Made one tidy outlet pass after another. Ethan Bear looks noticeably faster this season than last, and far more defensively aware. In fact he did a lovely job of standing up and stripping Elias Pettersson of the puck at the Oilers blue-line. Had 2 shots and was +2 in 18:24 of work. Showed well. I think he’s in the mix.

RYAN McLEOD . 6. Played a very good 2-way game. Had a glorious chance to put this one away after a hi-light reel, 3-way passing play between he, Evan Bouchard and Tyler Benson. But alas, the disc glanced off the post and out. NHL speed. 12/15 (80%) in the face-off circle. I think he showed enough for another look. We’ll see.

TYLER BENSON . 5. Benson was fine, but easy to argue that he was outplayed by a couple of AHL veterans who are also fighting for jobs. A shot and 2 hits, plus a key role in the afore-mentioned chance by McLeod. I think Benson has to do more than this to make the club, though.

CAMERON HEBIG . 5. A buzz-saw type of player. Had 5 hits. Took a minor penalty on a high-stick to Quinn Hughes. Like his effort. I’m just not sure that he has NHL-skill to match it.

DMITRI SAMORUKOV . 6. I thought he was quite good on Evan Bouchard’s left-hand side. Was forced to hook Brandon Sutter after the Currie-Marody break down in the O-zone led to a partial break. Had 2 shots in 18:28. Wasn’t the guy at fault on the 2-2. A step up from his performances in the rookie games.

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Cult of Hockey Player Grades . CAM TALBOT. ETHAN BEAR. 6. One of the Oilers best, tonight. There are a lot of players in that room that should come to the realization that they were just outplayed by a 20-year old kid in only his 2 nd NHL game. Arrows up, for the young man.

The Edmonton Oilers were playing the 2 nd of a back-to-back and their 7th match in 11 days against the NHL-leading Tampa Here’s the tale of the tape. Cult of Hockey Player Grades . Most of the ones that beat him were high danger scoring chances by high-skilled players . 5. On a night when the Oilers defence was severely tested, it was the young Matt Benning who perhaps had the best outing.

EVAN BOUCHARD . 5. Played 19:40 on the 2nd of back-to-back nights. His sublime pass sent Ryan McLeon in all alone for what should/could have been the 3-1. All kinds of elite-level passing and 2 shots on net. But also turned slow on the dump-in that Elias Pettersson converted into the 2-2. In the NHL, being a split-second late on a decision like that will often costs you. High-end offensive play. Still has a thing or 2 to learn on defence.

BRAD MALONE . 4. An own-zone give-away forced Starrett to make a strong save. But also 79% on the dot. Classic tweener.

JOSEPH GAMBARDELLA . 3. A very quiet game where it did not look like Garbardella could keep up with a largely NHL-manned Canucks lineup. No hits, no shots, -1.

ANTHONY PELUSO . 5. Showed better than I had expected. Played with grit, which you’d expect. But also managed 5 shots on what was essentially the club’s 4th line.

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