Sports Player grades: Brilliant Edmonton Oilers power play sticks knife deep into Los Angeles Kings

12:00  07 december  2019
12:00  07 december  2019 Source:   edmontonjournal.com

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Brilliant attacking on the power play, relentless defensive checking and a hungry forecheck led the Edmonton Oilers to a 2-1 win over the Los Angles Kings on Friday night.

Edmonton is now five games above real .500, with 18 wins and 13 losses.

The Edmonton power play went into the game ranked first in the league, clicking at a 31 per cent rate. It quickly proceeded to work its deadly magic against Los Angeles.

On its first two power play chances of the game, Edmonton scored twice, its 28th and 29th power play goals of the year. Edmonton’s previous best power play was 1982-83, when Wayne Gretzky, Jari Kurri and company put in 86 power play goals with a 29.2 success ratio.

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The Oilers will host the Kings for their final meeting of the season tonight. L.A. is comfortably playoff Oilersnation is a fan site with no direct affiliation to the Edmonton Oilers , Oilers Entertainment For starters, the team’s power play has been junk all season, so a lot of this production has been at even

Edmonton’s strong 2016-17 power play had 56 goals and an 22.9 success rate.

Against Los Angeles, the Oilers got 11 Grade A chances to nine for the Kings ( running count) .

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Connor McDavid, 8. He led an exceptionally sharp first power play, deftly throwing the puck around with Alex Chiasson, James Neal and Leon Draisaitl to create five Grade A chances in 35 seconds, the virtuous cycle culminating in Draisaitl’s goal. McD next made a sweet feed to Chiasson for Edmonton’s second goal. McDavid was flying all night but misses Draisaitl at even strength, it’s safe to say. He did get some ice with Draisaitl in the third and quickly manufactured two Grade A chances, one off the rush and another off a feed for Drai’s one-timer gun. He made a major contribution to nine of Edmonton’s 11 Grade A chances.

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EDMONTON -- The Edmonton Oilers moved back into first place in the Pacific Division with a 2-1 win against the Los Angeles Kings at Rogers Place on Michael Amadio scored on a scramble in front to make it 2-1 with 6:28 left in the third period. Draisaitl scored on the power play at 11:02 of the first

6. Edmonton Oilers . LOS ANGELES — Lawson Crouse experienced it all against the Los Angeles Kings . Kessel opened the scoring with a power - play goal in the first period. The Coyotes got through the neutral zone quickly, and he scored on a give-and-go play , assisted by Keller and Derek

James Neal, 6. Almost scored himself on a deadly slot shot on that first power play. He got off one wicked even strength shot off a McDavid feed in the third.

Josh Archibald, 7. He broke in hard and fast for a solid Grade B shot early in the second. He was part of a solid PK effort in the first. Not really a fit on the top line, even if the effort is always there.

Leon Draisaitl, 8. He dominated all night puck protecting on the offensive cycle. He came out with his feet moving fast in his first shift, bringing Edmonton some dangerous offensive zone time. A short time later, he put in the game’s first goal off of Drew Doughty’s foot, which made it all the sweeter. His zinger cross-ice pass to McDavid was crucial to Edmonton’s second power play goal. He topped off a brilliant first period by working his heart out on the penalty kill. He played hard all night but lost a key neutral zone battle in the third, kicking off the sequence of pain leading to the first L.A. goal.

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Jujhar Khaira, 7. He formed a great one-two big body punch with Draisaitl on the forecheck. For the Kings d-men, it must have been like bouncing off a T-Rex into a triceratops.

Sam Gagner, 6. He failed to pick up the L.A. shooter on the first Kings goal, but fortunately the play was offside and the goal didn’t count. Some brilliant work there by the Oil’s video coach spotting that offside, as he saved his team a goal against at a key moment early in the game. Gagner otherwise played a solid enough game.

Markus Granlund, 7. He showed some good hustle and skill on the forecheck. If he keeps working like that, he’ll win over the fans yet.

Gaetan Haas, 6. He was part of a good effort by the Oilers forwards to cover the Kings d-men at the point. The point-shot-and-tip is a major part of the L.A. arsenal but Edmonton shut it down well.

Alex Chiasson, 7. All kinds of great work in front of the net leading up to Edmonton’s epic first power play. All that good karma paid off when he jammed in McDavid’s pass for Edmonton’s second power play goal.   Player grades: Brilliant Edmonton Oilers power play sticks knife deep into Los Angeles Kings © Provided by Edmonton Journal

Joakim Nygard, 7. He made a strong defensive check on the forecheck early in the game, leading to an effective cycle for his line with Sheahan and Russell. Late in the first period, he broke in on a great chance and drew a penalty that led to a power play goal. Two fast rushes up the middle in the second led to a near chance for Sheahan and a good chance for McDavid.

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Leon Draisaitl scored two power - play goals and the Edmonton Oilers snapped a two-game losing streak with a David Backes, playing in his first game in nearly a month, scored the deciding goal with 9:31 left in the third period as Boston won its seventh straight game Sunday night against rival Montreal.

Riley Sheahan 7. He had more luck carrying and cycling the puck this game than usual. Plenty of effort from big Sheahan against the Kopitar line. Sheahan’s only downside was getting beat on faceoffs, losing 13 out of 18.

Patrick Russell, 7. He played his usual sound and fundamental game, where he gives up near zilch at the defensive end.

Darnell Nurse, 7. He made a heads up defensive play early on, tipping away a would-be breakaway pass to Austin Wagner of the Kings. I loved how Nurse gave Dustin Brown a series of jabs to the face while protecting his goalie late in the first.

Ethan Bear, 7. He generally looked his usual sharp and deft self, moving the puck and defending well, though he got beat wide by Sean Walker on a rush early in the second. Later he in the second he whiffed on a pass, and L.A. quickly converted it into a deadly Grade A chance by Austin Wagner, but Mikko Koskinen’s swell save wiped away Bear’s gaffe.

Oscar Klefbom, 7. Plenty of jump in his game, but he also got his bacon saved a few times. He got beat on the rush early in the first period by Adrian Kempe, leading to what looked like the first L.A. goal. The play was later deemed to be offside. Klefbom made up for it a moment later, making a play along the boards to keep the puck in on the power play, kicking off that happy sequence leading to Chiasson’s power play goal. Klefbom and Persson had a bad moment in the second when they allowed a one-timer kill shot from Wagner, who was thwarted by Koss the Boss.

Mikko Koskinen backstops Edmonton Oilers to win over Kings

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Joel Persson, 6. Struggled early with the puck, making a giveaway leading to some L.A. o-zone time. He settled down and moved the puck with more alacrity in the second.

Kris Russell, 8. Maybe the defensive d-man game of the season for an Oilers d-man. He won all kinds of battles, big and small. He and his partner Adam Larsson had a great game vs Los Angeles, facing off repeatedly against Anze Kopitar’s top line. The Kings had the Oilers in trouble in the first, cycling the puck hard and fast, but Russell won the puck and got it out of Edmonton’s end, a key early play made all the better because Kruss drew a penalty that led to the first goal. So a small battle won there with big consequences. In the third, two hard battles won on the boards by him and Nurse kicked off the sequence leading to Neal’s Grade A chance.

Adam Larsson, 7. Had an iffy shift early in the game, giving away the puck. But as the game went, he and his partner Russell played heavy, hard and big boy hockey, winning all kinds of battle in the d-zone. In the third, he moved quick into the slot and almost scored on a backhander. He got out battled in the slot but only by two players on the one L.A. goal.

Mikko Koskinen, 8. Some huge, huge saves this game, enough to give Austin Wagner nightmares for a week or two. Koskinen got his pad on the first Grade A chance of the game, a deflected shot — and that’s always a relief. He did some good work on a series of tough Grade B scoring chance shots by the LA power play late in the first. In the second, he stopped two point blank one-timer blasts from Wagner. Koskinen came up with another strong save early in the third off a Drew Doughty power play one-timer. His glove failed him a bit on L.A.’s goal. But came up big late on a wicked Dustin Brown one-timer. Then with four seconds left, the big man coolly grabbed Kopitar’s redirected outside shot to end any L.A. threat.

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