Going to keep this brief, as for one, there’s not much good to talk about these days. The Oilers are on a giant winless streak, and still looking for the first win of the new year. The Blues lost 3-2 to the Canucks last night. They are 6-3-1 in their last 10. For those that have wiped it from the memory banks, the last times the Oilers and Blues faced each other, the Blues won 7-2. So this could be another bad one.
Brain prediction: 5-3 Blues
Heart prediction: 4-1 Blues
Don’t think this will be the first win of the new year for the Oil.
Edmonton Oilers Projected Line-Up (subject to change)
Souray – Gilbert
Grebeshkov – Visnovsky
Chorney – Strudwick
St. Louis Blues Projected Line-Up (subject to change)
- Both Brule and Comrie return to the line-up, and as such the lines have been shuffled.
- One notable absence from the line-up is Patrick O’Sullivan. I’m assume he’s a healthy scratch. He rotated in on the Comrie-Potulny-Brule line.
|1ST PERIOD SCORING|
|2ND PERIOD SCORING|
|– 7:44 Penner from Nilsson, Gagner|
|Nilsson, from the high boards, finds a streaking Penner… what a gorgeous, seeing eye pass. Penner makes no mistake with that pass, firing it top cheese.|
|– 8:01 – Brewer from McDonald, Boyes|
|Brewer fires a knuckler from the point on net. Deslauriers is screened big time on this one as it flutters in the top corner.|
|3RD PERIOD SCORING|
|– 2:09 – Steen from Sydor|
|Steen shoots it from the faceoff dot to Deslauriers’ left. Grebeshkov goes down to block the shot, but Steen gets it over him and beats Deslauriers on the blocker side.|
|SHOTS ON GOAL|
1ST PERIOD HIGHLIGHTS
5:06 – This game has been a snoozer so far. Finally a small twitch of life as the Blues get a solid chance on Deslauriers as Tkachuk wheels around the zone and gets a shot on from far out.
4:34 – Another good chance, this time for the top line for the Blues.
2ND PERIOD HIGHLIGHTS
16:52 – Brewer coughs up the puck in the slot to Potulny who blows around him, but runs out of real estate before he can get too quality of a shot on Mason.
15:20 – This last shift by our top line was brutal… the Backes line outworked them and generated a good chance on net.
11:31 – Comrie drops the gloves with Weaver. Comrie has a hand on one sleeve of weaver and his arm pulls out of it, making Comrie lose his balance. Not much happens in this one. Each guy gets maybe one or two glancing blows in.
6:16 – Just a short display, but nice example of Penners superb stickhandling skill as he stickhandles in a phonebooth around Backes.
1:35 – Beauty pass by Potulny to Brule. Brule blows around Brewer and gets in all alone on Mason. He tries to go to the backhand on Mason, but he is poke checked and trips over his stick.
1:22 – The Blues get a 3-on-2 going the other way. Backes gets a soft shot on Deslauriers from the high slot and Deslauriers loses sight and control of the puck. Backes gets to the puck first and backhands it right off the top bar while staring at a wide open net.
3RD PERIOD HIGHLIGHTS
19:42 – Tkachuk rings one off the bar after the whistle. Souray takes exception and gives him a warning check into the boards as Tkachuk is slowly skating behind the net. The two exchange brief words.
19:01 – Big hit here by Backes on Gilbert. Gilbert was spinning to evade the hit, and Backes kind of went over and on top of Gilbert.
13:20 – Souray dumps a puck into the Blues zone and chases after it. He drills Polack in the corner.
7:05 – Souray knocks down McDonald at the blueline as he tries to enter the zone.
6:30 – Visnovsky takes a hard hit from Backes along the boards in the Oilers zone.
5:55 – Dustin Penner does a good job with his body on this shift, protecting the puck and playing keep away while generating a chance.
2:44 – Deslauriers should be bungee corded to the net.. he’s worse than Khabibulin outside of it. He stumbles playing the puck behind the net. Actually the replay shows he stepped on his pad strap, but I still would like to see him leave the net less!
1:00 – Nilsson gets the puck at the goal line and makes his way behind the net. Mason bites and is fooled, and turns his head to look for him coming out the other way, but Nilsson passes it back out front to Gagner before going across to the other side. Gagner shoots it but doesn’t get good wood and it flutters into Mason’s chest.
Pretty slow paced game tonight. I thought the top line was decent. The Potulny, Comrie, Brule line looked pretty dangerous most of their shifts… love that line. The Moreau, Pisani, Horcoff line also looked fairly good to me too. Really though, it was a pretty flat game for the most part and the Oilers didn’t look like a team that was desperate to get their first win of the year. They did look better defensively tonight though, which has been a problem for them all year. Souray and Backes were the most physical players on the night, but beyond them, there didn’t seem to be much physical play.
Next game is Saturday vs. the Flames at 8:00 on CBC in the Flames’ barn. Except there to be quite a bit of dung in that barn.