The Oil head into St. Louis to take on the Blues in the final game of the 5-game road trip. So far the Oilers are 4-0 on this road trip. I don’t want to jinx anything, but there’s no way I’d expect them to finish this road trip undefeated. The Blues have won 3 of their last 4, including a win against the Wings, and shootout wins vs. the Sharks and the Kings.
This is a tough one for me to predict. As is my new tradition though, I’ll go with the heart/brain predictions again. So, the heart is predicting a 3-1 Oilers win. The brain is going to predict a rather boring, 2-0 win for the Blues. I have a tough time believing that the Oil can keep this streak alive. And quite frankly, even though I thought it has been a pretty soft road trip, a road trip is a road trip, and these guys are making it hard to want to tank for Taylor.
Edmonton Oilers Projected Line-Up (subject to change)
St. Louis Blues Projected Line-Up (subject to change)
- Stay tuned for news on whether Grebeshkov will be in or not. I presume he will be a game time decision, but Tencer has him as probable.
- Update from Twitter… Quinn is saying Grebeshkov will likely play, because 2 players in the lineup are “questionable”. Those two are Gilbert and Souray.
- A win tonight would be the first time the Oilers have won 5 in a row on a single road trip. The last time they even won 5 in a row at all was back between Nov 13-24, in 2006.
1ST PERIOD SUMMARY
11:14 – STL – Backes from Oshie
Staios roughs up Oshie behind the net on a 4-on-4, but Backes skates in and picks the puck and wraps it around into the net.
- Brule blocks a shot that stings him a bit, he hobbles off to the bench.
- Stone throws a nice hit on Steen on the PK, pinching him off and creating a turnover.
- Winchester gives Souray a shot square in the back. Souray turns around and drops the gloves to go with him, but Stortini is in there to tie Winchester up.
- The Blues have controlled the majority of the period so far, at 15 minutes in. The Blues put a lonnng shift together where they play keep away from the Oilers for what seemed like 2 full minutes.
- Horcoff gets highsticked behind the net by Berglund, drawing blood and a 4-minute penalty.
- Gagner drops a pass back to Penner above the faceoff circle and he absolutely WIRES it off Conklin’s glove and off the post.
- Deslauriers’ leg gets caught on the post and he falls awkwardly. This causes a stoppage for a while, but he stays in.
- Brule ends up getting a shift later in the period, but he definitely missed a few, as did Jacques.
2ND PERIOD SUMMARY
7:55 – STL (PP) – Oshie from Kariya, Johnson
The Blues work it around the perimeter. Kariya serves one up on a platter for Oshie who blasts it past Deslauriers.
15:35 – STL – Backes from Tkachuk
The puck flips up high above Deslauriers in the crease. He falls backwards trying to reach for it. Winchester takes a high swat at it (missing), and the puck bounces in. Deslauriers takes Winchester’s legs out on the play and Winchester falls on top of Deslauriers.
19:49 – EDM – Brule from Penner
Penner works hard in the corner to get it out to Brule out front. He bangs away at a lose puck, with great effort and puts it past Conklin.
- Backes gets a shorthanded breakaway, beating Gagner at the blueline. However Deslauriers comes up big with the save.
- Souray stands Steen up in the Oilers zone as Steen was skating in, sending Steen to the “frozen canvass”.
- Potulny doing some good shot blocking on the PK.
- Crombeen and Jacques go at it. This is a long fight, but aside from several “jersey shots” from Crombeen, there’s really not a lot of quality punches landed.
- Smid looks ready to start something on the next shift.. we’ll see if anything comes out of this.
- Nilsson gets flattened, skating through the neutral zone. This angers Smid, as well as Stortini… some words are exchanged on an offside, but cooler heads prevail, for now.
- Cogliano throws a big hit on Colaiacovo on a dump in and manages to get a shot on goal from the ice.
- Brule tries to go cross ice with a pass in his own zone with Steen on him, and Steen picks it off out of the air and gets a shot on goal, but Deslauriers bails Brule out.
- Souray comes really close to a goal, as he joins the play, he shoots it off the post from about 6 feet out on a rebound.
- Conklin makes a beauty save on O’Sullivan, who throws a quick, hard wrister on goal from the hash mark.
- Deslauriers waves at a shot from the circle that gets deflected, fluttering past him and ringing off the bar.
- Souray gets tossed. He was initially getting a penalty and chirps all the way to the box. If you can read lips, you see him say “fuck you” to McCreary. McCreary immediately signals misconduct and ejects him from the game.
3RD PERIOD SUMMARY
8:31 – EDM – Brule from Gagner, Penner
Penner works it down low to Gagner who goes behind the goal line and passes it to the slot to Brule who hammers it past Conklin with a nice, accurate shot.
11:19 – EDM – Gagner from Penner, Brule
Gagner pokes at a loose puck in the slot that is there courtesy of a pass from behind the net. It somehow sneaks past Conklin.
13:52 – EDM – Horcoff from Nilsson, Visnovsky
Visnovsky’s shot is blocked. Horcoff gets the rebound and is tied up in front but manages to pass it to the side to Nilsson who then feeds it back to Horcoff who puts it away in the slot.
17:03 – EDM – Penner, unassisted
Penner picks up a rebound from Deslauriers, skates down the ice and throws a backhand on Conklin that squeaks through the wickets.
- Moreau gets shoved over and dumped on his butt by Berglund, while fighting for a puck.
- Nilsson and Stone come in on a two on one. Nilsson telegraphs pass, and does make a nice pass, but Stone can’t quite reach what would have likely been a tap in.
- On the next shift after the game tying goal, Gilbert throws one on net and the top line jams away hard at the puck but somehow it stays out. Gagner also gets a nice slap from near the blueline off that Conklin stops.
- On the shift after that, Horcoff, Stone and Nilsson show huge energy and get some great chances that leads to a goal.
- Visnovsky and Cogliano get a 2-on-1 with a Blues player skating back hard to catch up to the play. He just gets enough of Cogliano to prevent a quality shot as Conklin comes out and makes the save.
Wow, what a strange one. The Oilers were outplayed for the first, and what looked to be the 3rd, until close to the halfway mark when suddenly it clicked in, thanks to the top line. Penner, Brule and Gagner energized the rest of the team and carried the team on their shoulders tying things up with two goals in a span of about 3 minutes. Horcoff, Stone and Nilsson then showed great energy, battling to get the go-ahead goal. All this came after Souray was ejected in the second for lipping McCreary off.
This makes 5 straight road wins, which is a record for the Oilers. Who would have thought they would come out of this road trip near perfect (hey they did give up a couple of loser points).
Great resilience shown by the Oilers to battle back and score 5 straight goals. Next game, at home Tuesday against the Kings. It’s a 7:30 start on Sportsnet.