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08:50  15 october  2019
08:50  15 october  2019 Source:   edmontonjournal.com

Player grades in the most fun, messed up and glorious Edmonton Oilers win in a few years

  Player grades in the most fun, messed up and glorious Edmonton Oilers win in a few years That had to be the most fun, messed up and glorious Edmonton Oilers win in a few years. If anyone ever wonders what NHL hockey was like in the 1980s, Edmonton’s 6-5 win over the Los Angeles Kings is the answer, a messy, thrilling, free-wheeling, mistake-waiting-to-happen blistering barn burner, with eruptions of madness right down to the final seconds. I’m pretty sure I gave an extra mark to every Oilers players in my game grades just based on the dopamine hit that victory gave me. This is a game that the Oilers would not and could not have won in the past two seasons but an infusion of speed and skill allowed them to repeatedly come back from their own bungling in the game.

The Oilers are 1-14-1 in their last 16 visits to Los Angeles. The Kings took control early with Tyler Toffoli scoring on their first shot 92 seconds into “Poor start, we gave up goals early , [the] goal right at the end of the first period is a poor goal to give up five seconds left we have control of the puck at

The Edmonton Oilers scored three goals in the third period to down the Los Angeles Kings 6-5. Michael Amadio put the Kings ahead again early in the third, but Joakim Nygard flipped in a I think we were short 6 times and I’m sure he drew 2 or 3 of them. He’s one of the top, if not the best player

a close up of James Neal in a baseball game: NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 12: James Neal #18 and Connor McDavid #97 of the Edmonton Oilers talk during the third period against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on October 12, 2019 in New York City.© Emilee Chinn NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 12: James Neal #18 and Connor McDavid #97 of the Edmonton Oilers talk during the third period against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on October 12, 2019 in New York City.

Make no mistake, a lot of things have been going Edmonton Oilers’ way in the early stages of the 2019-20 NHL season. But credit where due, the club has taken maximum advantage of those breaks, while creating some of their own with some excellent play and a whole lot of timely scoring.

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It hasn’t been clear sailing in any game, as the Oilers have had to come from behind every single time, becoming the first team in league history to do so en route to a 5-0-0 start. It’s an “asterisk” kind of record in that one of those wins came in the shootout, something that couldn’t have happened before 2004. But those deficits were real enough. All TEN of them.

It’s a remarkable fact that the 5-0-0 Oilers have given up the most go-ahead goals of any team in the league!

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They fell behind four different times to the Kings, thrice to the Devils, and once each vs. the Canucks, Islanders, and Rangers. But none of those teams have been able to hold those leads for long. On the other hand, the Oilers themselves have done an increasingly strong job at defending and even building on their own leads once they get a toe in front.

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But the truly remarkable aspect is how quickly the Oilers have made those deficits disappear. I touched on this in posting the player grades from Saturday afternoon’s win in Madison Square Garden, but it’s a remarkable enough sequence to be worth examining in a bit more detail.

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Make it ten out of ten times Edmonton has scored the next goal after falling behind, all the more remarkable when one considers it’s one of three possible outcomes (Oilers score, other guys score, nobody scores). Four of those tying goals came in the third period, requiring just a combined 8:19.

I’ll happily admit I don’t have the computing chops to find a comparable situation where some other team has erased 10 consecutive one-goal deficits, but I’m fairly confident there would be precious few examples over the years. I’m even more confident that probably no team has ever done so with the ruthless efficiency of the current Oilers, who as the chart shows needed an average of just four minutes to equalize the count. Over five games of hockey they’ve played a combined two periods trailing on the scoreboard, and in that time outscored five different opponents ten goals to zero.

Player grades: Edmonton Oilers can't match desperate Blackhawks' urgency, fall 3-1

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10 goals in 40 minutes. I’m trying to think of an instance where, say, the ’80s Oilers had put up double digits on the scoreboard by the second intermission against a single hapless opponent, and so far the memory vault has yielded but a single example . It’s hard to score goals at that rate, no matter what era and what opposition. For a modern team to do so on demand against a variety of opponents is as mind-boggling as it is utterly unsustainable. But it sure has been fun!

Meanwhile the Oil have scored “just” six tie-breaking goals of their own, but were able to hold the lead all the way to the final buzzer on four different occasions. In their opening homestand they nursed a pair of one-goal leads through the final buzzer after getting their nose in front late. But on the road they’ve used a different formula, giving up the first goal every game, trailing five different times while leading just twice (!), but somehow going on a 3-0-0 sweep through greater New York. Encouragingly, both leads were built upon and comfortably closed out into a pair of 3-goal wins.

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A few other things for which Oilers fans can give thanks this early season:

  • Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl ranking 1-2 in league scoring, with 12 and 11 points respectively. The duo was expected to lead the way of course, but have blasted from the starting gate as if shot by a cannon.
  • James Neal leading the league in goals, with 7. (James Neal!)
  • A powerplay unit featuring all three of the above that ranks 2nd in the NHL in goals (7) and conversion percentage (41%).
  • A penalty kill unit that is tied for the NHL lead with just 1 goal against and is 2nd in kill rate at 94%.
  • Defence scoring from Oscar Klefbom (1-6-7) and Darnell Nurse (1-4-5), each of whom has a 5-game point streak.
  • A pair of rookies minding the right side of the top two defence pairs and more than holding their own while injecting skill and puck movement into the process.
  • A netminding tandem that outside of one loose game in which the Oilers outscored Mike Smith‘s mistakes, has delivered reliable play and more than a few (dare I say it?) timely saves. Mikko Koskinen delivered a pair of solid road wins, while Smith bounced back hard in Manhattan.
  • Their share and perhaps a little more of puck luck, goal posts, and calls. Things have been rolling the Oilers’ way and that’s a fact.

Tonight’s line-up

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One of the factors in Edmonton’s early-season favour is a schedule that sees them play just one of their first eight games against a club that made the playoffs last season. That will even itself out later, of course, but for now that’s an advantage that the club needs to press. That continues tonight in Chicago, where the home team will be desperate for a win after three consecutive one-goal losses to open their season. The Oilers faced a similar challenge in New Jersey the other night and just barely survived a very tough test.

Player grades: With a little help from above, Mike Smith steals a point for punchless Oilers

  Player grades: With a little help from above, Mike Smith steals a point for punchless Oilers Oilers 0, Jets 1 (SO) I’m not sure if the ice was bad at Bell MTS Place, or maybe they forgot to freeze the pucks. Whatever the issue, both the Edmonton Oilers and Winnipeg Jets struggled to hit a friendly stick with a pass or the opposition net with a shot. The two teams ground their way through a frenetically-paced 65 minutes of hockey without a goal to show for it. The scrambly affair was ultimately decided in the shootout when the Jets were finally able to solve Mike Smith, while the Oil never did figure out Connor Hellebuyck. The Oilers held the edge on the shot clock at 28-23 including 26-13 at 5v5, but the Jets had a 11-8 edge in Grade A scoring chances.

The visitors will go with the exact same line-up as vanquished the Rangers on Saturday. Same lines, same pairings, same starting goalie in Smith as coach Dave Tippett has shown an early preference for a two-on-two-off rotation of his veteran stoppers.

One red flag on the Edmonton side is a continuing lack of depth scoring. Neal has certainly filled his boots in a top six role, though it’s worth noting 5 of of his 7 tallies have come on the powerplay. The first line has clicked for 11 goals, the second for 7 (all by Neal, just 2 at even strength), while the bottom half of the roster has combined for just 1 (a key goal by Nygard vs. the Kings). Put another way, four players have accounted for 18 of Edmonton’s 21 goals.

Job One for the bottom six is of course to keep the puck out of their own net, but the odd +1 will be needed in the longer term. The fourth line as listed,  Nygard-Granlund-Chiasson, are collectively pretty skilled and generated some chances last game. Perhaps they are due to be rewarded on the scoresheet.

But as usual all eyes will be on the top guns to produce magic. Thankfully some of those eyes belong to NHL referees who have so far been actually calling actual fouls on the Oilers’ top stars. McDavid (6) and Draisaitl (3) have between them drawn over half of Edmonton’s 17 powerplays. In each of the last two games McDavid has drawn a key penalty call in the third period, then scored himself on the subsequent man advantage. Each was a massive goal — the late tying tally in Jersey, then the game winner in MSG. Can you say “game breaker”?

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