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

09:50  15 october  2019
09:50  15 october  2019 Source:   edmontonjournal.com

What the Edmonton Oilers opening day line-up should look like (including one big surprise)

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Share this Story: Player grades : Edmonton Oilers can ' t match desperate Blackhawks ' urgency , fall 3 - 1 . Edmonton Oilers centre Leon Draisaitl (29) looks to shoot the puck against Chicago Blackhawks defenceman Olli Maatta (6) during the first period at United Center on Monday, Oct.

The Oilers will take the one point and move on. Meanwhile, the Coyotes will leave Edmonton with two points for what seems like the hundredth time this decade after outskating their hosts for the first half of the game, then playing Hang On Harvey hockey in the back half with a few key stops from Darcy

a group of people racing each other on a snow covered slope: Edmonton Oilers centre Leon Draisaitl (29) looks to shoot the puck against Chicago Blackhawks defenceman Olli Maatta (6) during the first period at United Center on Monday, Oct. 14, 2019.© Kamil Krzaczynski Edmonton Oilers centre Leon Draisaitl (29) looks to shoot the puck against Chicago Blackhawks defenceman Olli Maatta (6) during the first period at United Center on Monday, Oct. 14, 2019.

Oilers 1, Blackhawks 3

Edmonton Oilers came out a little flat on Tuesday night, the Chicago Blackhawks were sharp, and the result was the first sour note of the season for the blue and orange. The visitors made things interesting in the late going before an empty netter sealed the deal.

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The Edmonton Oilers have a long list of off-season needs to fulfill including potential free agents to go after this summer. Getting wingers who can play in the top nine and better utilize the Oilers centre depth to give them three strong lines should be a top priority.

It was not only Edmonton’s first loss of the season, it was Chicago’s first win. For all their respective records made the Oilers the favourites on paper, the difference in this game was the level of desperation of the hosts which the visitors couldn’t match. This was especially true in a lopsided second period when the Hawks dominated play, outshooting the visitors 17-6 and establishing a lead which they never relinquished. For once the Oilers were unable to erase a deficit, and when the Hawks doubled that lead on an ugly goal early in the third the writing was on the wall.

Overall the Hawks held a 64-46 edge in shot attempts, 35-28 in shots on net, and 11-7 in Grade A scoring chances so it’s hard to argue they weren’t full value for the 3-1 edge in goals.

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Player grades

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#4 Kris Russell, 5. Quiet game for the third pairing. On the ice for the Kane goal but that one was on the forwards.

#10 Joakim Nygard, 4. A nice rush and shot early in the game, but not very visible thereafter as his line struggled to get the puck moving north, or to get the puck at all on a couple of difficult shifts. Played just 7:21, including 0:00 in the final frame.

#15 Josh Archibald, 4. Made a critical error on the first Hawks goal when he glided into the faceoff circle but didn’t actually do anything to help out his centre, and wound up in no man’s land when Dylan Strome eventually won the battle and slipped the puck over to the man Archibald had skated away from — Patrick Kane. Oops. Had a chance to make amends later that period with one of Edmonton’s best looks of the entire game, but fired over the crossbar from 10 feet out. OK otherwise with 3 shots and 3 hits, but…

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The Oilers were outmatched for the majority of the game and struggled to get things going when The Oilers outshot the Ducks and three and a half minutes in, Shea Theodore slid the puck into his own net. If seeding happened based on points we would have been matched against a much weaker st

The Oilers can ’ t afford to just toss away another proven NHL winger. Even in his worst NHL season he was still fifth on the Oilers in scoring. Trading him might be more complicated than it seems, but Chiarelli can ’ t afford to just toss away another winger with a decent track record of producing.

#16 Jujhar Khaira, 3. He was a beat late getting to Kane off that same faceoff and appeared to get a stick on the shot which likely helped fool Smith. Also had a nasty turnover that led to a Jonathan Toews partial breakaway. Took a pair of penalties, one going to bat for a teammate (Persson) who got smoked by a heavy hit after Khaira had himself coughed up the puck to create the pressure. Took a second penalty for a careless hold on the forecheck, just seconds after Chicago had extended the lead. A physical presence, but not altogether in good way with those repeated trips to the sin bin. Generated nothing offensively.

#18 James Neal, 7. An absolute load on the forecheck. Scored his 8th of the year, and 6th on the powerplay, by staking out a spot on the edge of the blue paint and roofing RNH’s great feed. Now has more goals in his first 6 games as an Oiler than the man for whom he was traded, Milan Lucic, mustered in his last 125.

#23 Riley Sheahan, 5. Not reasonable to expect even a faceoff specialist to win every draw (8/15-53% is respectable enough), but one d-zone loss to Strome was costly as it led directly to Kane’s goal. I didn’t see him as the primary culprit on the play (see: Archibald, Khaira comments). Wired a very good shot off an Archibald feed that forced one of Crawford’s best stops. Strong on the cycle and in puck support. His 2:34 on the penalty kill led all forwards.

Player grades: Edmonton Oilers grin and Bear it, hold off Red Wings 2-1

  Player grades: Edmonton Oilers grin and Bear it, hold off Red Wings 2-1 Red Wings 1, Oilers 2 Edmonton Oilers got the job done on Friday night, barely. Or is that Bear-ly? The Oil’s youngest player, rookie defenceman Ethan Bear, scored a key goal for the second straight game to put the home side ahead 2-0. That seemingly “safe” lead against a tired opponent turned out to be just enough, as the Detroit Red Wings cut the lead in half, kept battling right to the end, and fell just short as the Oilers hung on to a hard-fought 2-1 victory.

The Oilers need to be careful not to blow things up this summer, Peter Chiarelli even said that at his Now, most will say that if your teams General Manager has to get desperate to fix a mess that he created Vegas isn’ t wasn’ t about acquiring the right players as it was to execute playing the game.

The Oilers gave up and a shorthanded breakaway and Granlund made no mistake and he beat Talbot through the legs on a chance that never should have happened in the first place. Loui Eriksson put the Canucks up 3 -2 on the power play after the Oilers took their fourth power play in the first two periods.

#25 Darnell Nurse, 6. Is winning more and more puck battles as he continues to fill out his imposing frame with “old man strength”. Led the Oilers with 5 hits and also had its most effective scrum when he barged into a mélée after McDavid was hit after the whistle and managed to take a man to the box with him. Not a good idea to mess with the meal ticket on Darnell’s watch. Oilers outshot the Hawks 16-11 during his 20 minutes at 5v5, and were outshot 9-15 during his 26 minutes on the bench. Did have one nasty turnover on a horrid breakout pass that led to extra reps in the d-zone. Drew the late-game penalty that led to the Oilers’ goal. Strong in a team high 3:11 on the penalty kill. Overall his 24:29 led the D corps.

#29 Leon Draisaitl, 7. Heavy early-season workload seemingly drained into his legs in this one, as he didn’t have a lot of jump in his step, or at least not in his first step. Once he got up to speed, he was fine. Robbed by Corey Crawford on a first period breakaway, a solo effort sprung by his own direct steal. As is often the case, the third period was his best. Earned an assist on the Oilers lone goal to run his scoring streak to 6 games and move into a tie with linemate McDavid for the league lead in scoring. Led the team in numerous categories including ice time (a ridiculous 26:59), shots (3), major contributions to Grade A chances (4; the team had just 7), and faceoffs (10/17=59%).

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.

#36 Joel Persson, 3. A very tough night for the rookie who was on the receiving end of two heavy hits, and who, perhaps coincidentally, struggled to move the puck efficiently. Oilers were outshot to the tune of +4/-10 on his watch, which included a critical mistake on what became the game-winning goal. Welcome to the NHL, son.

#39 Alex Chiasson, 6. I continue to “see him good” at both ends of the ice and apparently Dave Tippett agrees, as he elevated Chiasson’s role down the stretch. Started the play on Neal’s goal by winning the puck along the side boards and feeding it back to the point.

#41 Mike Smith, 6. He made a number of excellent saves beginning with a snazzy glove grab just 10 seconds into the game. Had Brandon Saad’s number in particular and also skunked young Hawks stars Dylan Strom,e and Alex DeBrincat on multiple occasions. Kept his team in the game for two periods, especially a strong middle frame when he was beaten just once — on a shot deflected at source by a teammate — on 17 shots. But made a critical error on the 2-0 tally when he misread a deflected dump-in, hesitated, then made a too-late decision to come out to field the puck and stranded himself in no man’s land as Alex Nylander beat him easily though the five-hole. Unfortunately, this happened on a night his counterpart made zero mistakes and it proved uber-costly. 34 shots, 32 saves, .941 save percentage.

#44 Zack Kassian, 5. 3 shots, 4 hits, and a decent effort. Was a day late and a dollar short at times, including one unfortunate play where he accidentally blocked a Draisaitl drive that appeared labelled. Was himself robbed by Crawford from close range. Made a couple of very strong defensive plays, and not for the first time this season either.

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#60 Markus Granlund, 4. Some subtle skilled plays, but on a night the Oilers desperately needed some support scoring they got none from their bottom six.

#74 Ethan Bear, 5. His pairing with Nurse was easily Edmonton’s best by eye and by stat. Very good puck movement, 3 official giveaways notwithstanding. Good puck protection on one sequence, an excellent spin move and pass on another, Did have one sequence when he got on the wrong side of both his man and the puck and took a hooking penalty in the recovery effort.

#77 Oscar Klefbom, 4. It wasn’t a good night for the Oilers’ all-Swedish pairing. It was a tough outing for his partner Persson, but Klefbom didn’t do enough to lighten his load. Edmonton generated just 2 shots on net during the 17 minutes Oscar was on the ice at evens. Was among the culprits on the killer 0-2 goal. Did play a role in the Edmonton powerplay goal and was OK on the penalty kill.

#83 Matt Benning, 5. Third pairing held its own, with the Oilers outshooting the Hawks 8-5 during Benning’s 12 even strength minutes. Was beaten badly along the end wall leading to one glittering Hawks chance, and had another wobbly moment with the puck on the breakout. Won his share of battles and played an honset physical game with 4 official hits.

#92 Tomas Jurco, 4. Like Nygard, played his way onto the end of the bench where he spent the entirety of the third period. Just 8:33 on a night he started on the second line. Nothing egregious, but nothing positive either.  I for one expect to see new line combinations on Wednesday and a reduced role for the Slovak, perhaps no role at all.

#93 Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, 7. Played a hard two-way game. Caught my eye on an early powerplay when he busted his tail on a hundred-foot backcheck to ameliorate a developing odd-man rush. Generated Edmonton’s only decent chance on two disappointing early powerplays when he wired a laser off the joint between post and crossbar. Made a superb cross-crease pass to Neal for the Oilers lone goal. His diving save just before Chicago’s empty net goal showed a level of urgency too few teammates were able to match on this night.

Should Edmonton Oilers go nuclear to fix their lack of depth scoring?

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#97 Connor McDavid, 6. Relatively speaking, an off night for the whiz kid starting with getting kicked out of the circle for the opening faceoff. At that he generated a few good chances with his unmatched speed on the rush, but was largely unable to execute once he got to the net front. An especially notable example was a partial breakaway where he took Kassian’s feed in the neutral zone, blasted around/through an overmatched defender, but bobbled the puck and missed the net with his shot. Another time appeared to score but bumped the goalie and took the net off in the process, resulting in a “no goal” call that was correct to my eye. 6 shot attempts to lead the Oilers, but just 2 on net. His neutral zone turnover played a role in Nylander’s game winner. Did make a superb defensive play to race back and foil an apparent breakaway by his old friend Drake Caggiula. Played a massive 26:21 including 11:03 in the third period, but didn’t dominate the puck in the manner Oilers fans have been spoiled to expect.

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Should Edmonton Oilers go nuclear to fix their lack of depth scoring? .
If fans of the Edmonton Oilers know one thing, it’s that the team’s depth forwards aren’t scoring. How dire is the situation? Edmonton has eight wins in 12 games, so it’s not panic city. At the same time, the team has put up two stinker games out of the last three, games where aside from the team’s top attackers hardly anyone was getting anything done on offence. Simply put, Edmonton has a talent deficit. It needs to inject its bottom two lines and third defensive pairing with more speed and skill. Edmonton is starting to get out scored, and it’s been getting out chanced from the start of the year most games.

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