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Sports Player grades: Edmonton Oilers lose the plot against struggling Senators in 5-2 head-scratcher

13:05  05 december  2019
13:05  05 december  2019 Source:   edmontonjournal.com

Struggling Mike Smith gets the start, but Edmonton Oilers still have two solid choices in net

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The Edmonton Oilers open up a four-game homestand tonight against the rebuilding, 29th place Ottawa Senators . The Sens have lost five They arrived early this morning into Edmonton after their 5 - 2 loss in Vancouver, while the Oilers had Monday off and a solid hour long practice yesterday.

Oilers dominate the opening frame but concede three-straight goals in the second period in a 5 - 2 loss to the by Jamie Umbach / EdmontonOilers .com. EDMONTON , AB - Darnell Nurse said it simply at the Oilers morning The Oilers continue their homestand against the Los Angeles Kings on Friday.

a group of people skiing on the snow: Edmonton Oilers' James Neal (18) battles Ottawa Senators' Mark Borowiecki (74) during the second period of a NHL hockey game at Rogers Place in Edmonton, on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. Photo by Ian Kucerak/Postmedia© Ian Kucerak Edmonton Oilers' James Neal (18) battles Ottawa Senators' Mark Borowiecki (74) during the second period of a NHL hockey game at Rogers Place in Edmonton, on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. Photo by Ian Kucerak/Postmedia

I wrote a couple days ago that the Oilers have a maddening habit of playing down to their opposition.

But after dominating one of the worst teams in the league lately over most of the 1 st 20 Minutes, that’s exactly what Edmonton did on Wednesday, sliding 5-2 to the Ottawa Senators who had lost 5 straight heading into action. And oh yeah…they played in Vancouver just last night. Sigh.

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  Oilers’ Matt Benning exits game vs. Canucks after taking puck to the head Edmonton Oilers defenceman Matt Benning left Sunday’s game against the Vancouver Canucks after being hit in the head with a puck. The post Oilers’ Matt Benning leaves game after taking puck to head appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.#Oilers d-man Matt Benning will not return to tonight's game.

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There were 3 big swings in this one for me: The failed Oilers power play late in the first (when the Sen’s were on the ropes), 2 Senators goals within 11 seconds in the 2nd frame, and then the 4-2 goal by Ottawa just 90 seconds into the 3 rd .

But lots of frustrating moments in between as well, as you’ll soon read.

Here’s the tale of the tape:

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Edmonton Oilers Player Grades

MIKKO KOSKINEN . 2. A rare stinker for Koskinen’s worst game of the year by far. Made a nice save early on Connor Brown and didn’t face another shot until the 15:39 mark of the 1 st Period. But it went downhill fast from there. The 1-1 found a hole that didn’t appear to be there. And on the 2-1 Koskinen closed the 5-hole then inexplicably re-opened it on a shot that was right at him. No chance for him on the 3-1 but the damage was already done. To be entirely fair, Koskinen has been terrific this season. It was his first clunker.

Senators win over Oilers again in Edmonton

  Senators win over Oilers again in Edmonton The Ottawa Senators snapped a five-game losing streak with a 5-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers Wednesday night. The Senators have won six road games in a row against the Oilers. They've taken 12 of their last 14 visits to Edmonton.The Oilers had several chances in the first period and finally scored when forward Jujhar Khaira chipped in a pass from Leon Draisaitl. The Senators unsuccessfully challenged the play for offside.The Oilers outshot the Sens 10-4 in the first.

Alas, that same second period saw Edmonton ’s top defenceman Oscar Klefbom block a slapshot with his hand and leave the Played just 39 seconds in the final frame despite the Oilers having a four-goal lead for most of it. Had his struggles early in the game but got stronger as the night wore on.

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.

MIKE SMITH . 6. In his 1 st relief appearance of the year Smith was fine. The 4-1 was a bad bounce that I have a hard time blaming the goaltender on. The 5-1 Smith was left all alone in front facing down an opponent with nothing but time on his hands. Circus-like blocker save that was reviewed but upheld upon reflection. Tremendous save on White on an Ottawa 2-on-1. Stopped 11 of 13.

CONNOR McDAVID . 4. Danced through all 5 Ottawa Senators on one 1 st Period sortie and then beat all 4 opposition skaters a minute or two later. There was a post in there too. Then, to be honest, I thought Connor got frustrated by 1) Having fallen behind and 2) A shopping list of interference infractions that he did not/could not draw  call on. After that McDavid was not near as effective as we’ve grown accustomed to seeing him. 3 shots, -1, 85% on faceoffs in 24:16. Point-less, despite 8:32 of Power Play time.

JAMES NEAL . 5. He looked quite good early, moving both his feet and the puck well. Earned a 2nd assist with a heady pass to Gagner from the high slot on the power play. But he quieted down substantially from there. With 97-29-18 on the ice the 3 of them just didn’t seem to mesh. But as I had mentioned in Connor’s paragraph, it looked as if frustration had set in.

Edmonton Oilers interested in Taylor Hall but likely to be outbid

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Oilers 1, Stars 4The bad news started early when the Edmonton Oilers learned they would be minus superstar forward Connor McDavid in Dallas Monday But among the culprits on the game- losing goal against . #8 Ty Rattie, 5 . For a guy who started the game as one of the two extra forwards, he worked

The odds have been stacked for some time now against Edmonton Oilers making the playoffs. For a while there the team refused to accept those odds, played some determined hockey, and at least hung around on It was the 23rd time this season that the Oilers have lost a game by at least three goals.

JOSH ARCHIBALD . 4. Miscast. Archibald is a guy who can play up and down the lineup for you on occasion. But it was all work and no results tonight for a guy who (good boots aside) does not possess Top-6 skill. 2 hits, -2.

DARNELL NURSE . 5. I thought Darnell Nurse and Ethan Bear were pretty good, all things considered. 3 hits (including one of the crushing variety on White) and a shot in 20:15. A good, but not a great night. But Nurse-Bear were far from the biggest issues.

ETHAN BEAR . 5. One of only 2 Oilers who were Plus-player son the night (+1). A hit and 2 blocks in 17:49. A good take-away during a 1 st Period PK. A number of tidy button-hook turns in his own zone under pressure followed by sharp tape-to-tape outlets.

LEON DRAISAITL . 4. Integral in the 1-0 sequence during which Draisaitl started off the play with a takeaway in the defensive zone. He then turned it up-ice, swallowed up a heady pass from Gagner along the wall then dished up a lovely backhand pass to Jujhar Khaira who roofed it. But failed to get the puck deep at the end of a shift in what turned out to be the 3-1. Had a 3 rd Period turnover. And like 97, seemed like frustration got the best of him. Passes were forced, things didn’t click, took a bad penalty, etc.

Can these Edmonton Oilers avoid the ugly collapse of 2018-19?

  Can these Edmonton Oilers avoid the ugly collapse of 2018-19? Can these Edmonton Oilers avoid the ugly collapse of 2018-19? It’s easy to forget this with the way the agonizing 2018-19 season ended, but the Oilers were riding high at this time last year. After 32 games, the 2018-19 Oilers had 17 wins and 15 losses. This year, after 32 games, the 2019-20 Oilers have 18 wins and 14 losses. After Ken Hitchcock took over the Edmonton Oilers in mid-November 2018, that 2018-19 edition of the Oilers went on a solid run, winning eight of 11 games, culminating in a 6-4 win over the Colorado Avs on Dec. 11. But then came misery for Hitchcock and the Oilers, a long stretch of games where they simply lacked the defensive skill and depth to survive.

The Edmonton Oilers were crippled by horrendous signings and trades this year, but nonetheless made it somewhat interesting, hanging in the playoff race until Monday night, April 1, 2019. But it’s all over now.

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JUJHAR KHAIRA . 6. Scored just a beauty of a goal, as described above, his 6 th of the campaign. It was one of 2 shots on the night for JJ, who also pitched in on a minute-plus on the PK. Seemed to injury his ankle on a 3rd Period drive to the net and came up limping. But did return later.

SAM GAGNER . 7. The best Oiler on the night, earning a 3 rd Star bow after 2 nice assists on both Edmonton goals. The first was a perfectly timed dish at the attacking blueline which set Draisaitl free and ended with Khaira’s 6 th . The second was a lightening-quick decision on the power play, feeding Klefbom a one-timer that found twine. Just missed his 2 nd goal of year on a 1 st Period spin-around chance in front. That was one of 3 shots of his own in 13:23.

OSCAR KLEFBOM . 3. This pair was downright awful tonight. Both Klefbom and Larsson were -4. Was up-ice and exhausted on the 3-1. Lost his man on the 4-1. And Oscar literally skated right over the puck on the 5-2. The best moment from Klefbom was a power play blast from the point on a fast feed from Gagner. 5 shots, 4 blocks, played 27:33. But keep in mind 8:32 of that was on the PP. Klefbom has been great this year. But not tonight.

ADAM LARSSON . 2. An atrocious pass up the middle turned over in the neutral zone and ended up in the back of the net on the 4-2. That play exemplified the gnashing of gears between what should be the Oilers best defensive pairing. I’ll mention here that Larsson is still working his way back from a broken leg. But I’m being charitable. The veteran did not resemble his old self.

Can these Edmonton Oilers avoid the ugly collapse of 2018-19?

  Can these Edmonton Oilers avoid the ugly collapse of 2018-19? Can these Edmonton Oilers avoid the ugly collapse of 2018-19? It’s easy to forget this with the way the agonizing 2018-19 season ended, but the Oilers were riding high at this time last year. After 32 games, the 2018-19 Oilers had 17 wins and 15 losses. This year, after 32 games, the 2019-20 Oilers have 18 wins and 14 losses. After Ken Hitchcock took over the Edmonton Oilers in mid-November 2018, that 2018-19 edition of the Oilers went on a solid run, winning eight of 11 games, culminating in a 6-4 win over the Colorado Avs on Dec. 11. But then came misery for Hitchcock and the Oilers, a long stretch of games where they simply lacked the defensive skill and depth to survive.

The Sabres added yet another power- play goal against Edmonton 's worst home penalty killing unit before the second period was over, O'Reilly's There was no scoring in the third. Both teams return to action on Thursday, as the Oilers play host to the Calgary Flames. The Sabres head to Vancouver to

Kings 2 , Oilers 3For a few minutes there, it looked like the Edmonton Oilers might have an easy time of it. The Edmonton Oilers won the kind of game they usually lose to the Los Angeles Kings. His 21:03 at evens led the defence corps, with about half of those minutes coming against his two most

GAETAN HAAS . 5. Had a couple dangerous dangles late in the 3 rd period, high skill chances that both drew penalties. Problem was this weaponry was nowhere in evidence prior to that. Haas was too often pushed around physically by a gritty Ottawa lineup. A shot, a hit, 12:20 TOI.

MARKUS GRANLUND . 5. Decent PK work (2:20 worth). 2 shots and 2 hits in 13:04. Far from the biggest problem on this night.

PATRICK RUSSELL . 4. 2 sold hits and a fair but of hustle but not much in the way of results tonight in 13:40. -1.

KRIS RUSSELL . 6. A 1 st Period shot on net. A block. The fancy stats crowd that hates Kris Russell so much will no doubt cringe when I write that he led the D-core in 5×5 CF (9-4, 69%). That must be wrong…right?? Good 1:39 short handed. Seemed to help his young partner ease back into NHL play.

JOEL PERSSON . 5. One of the few bright spots on the night was that play of Persson which was calmer and more collected than prior to his demotion to Bakersfield a few weeks back. 2 shots and Even in 16:17 of a 5-2 loss. Reasonable steps on the road back one would hope.

RILEY SHEAHAN . 4. A good sequence to clear the zone on a 1 st Period PK. Same on a 2 nd Period kill. Easily won the chances for-against battle but in a very limited role, the PK aside (9:09 TOI). Still no offence. Will he ever score? I’m only half-kidding.

ALEX CHIASSON . 5. Had a 2 nd Period power play opportunity on a shot pass from McDavid right in front. Missed almost identical opportunity again in the 3 rd . Won’t get an assist but did a terrific job of screening the Ottawa goalie on the 3-2. Solid enough in 15:12.

JOAKIM NYGARD . 4. A nice move led to a late 3 rd Period opportunity. Drew a penalty. 2 shots in 9:27. Skates well but rarely seems to break through.

The Oilers fall to 17-10-3. L.A. is in town Friday night. The Kings are the worst road record in the league.

But after tonight…does that matter much?

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