So last night’s game was a loss, but I think there were a lot of positives in it, one of them being that the Oilers still got a point out of it. The other was that Dubnyk played a very rock solid game. The Oilers special teams were also better than that of Columbus, scoring 1 PP goal and not allowing any against. Dubnyk was peppered with shots though, and that is a concern, but if the Oilers can keep the shots to the outside, it’s fine to allow some extra shots… but Dubnyk was BUSY last night.
I’m not sure yet who the Oilers are going to go with tonight, but you can predict that they will also be very busy against a Hawks team that has been known to dominate us at our own game. They’ve got guys that can get in behind our defense and exploit holes all night, so I predict a fair number of 2-on-1 situations, and partial breaks. The Oilers are going to have to play a very tight defense. Aside from Whitney’s inability to pass the puck properly yesterday, I didn’t see too many big problems on defense last night, and the team looked better without Foster. Sorry to pick on a player, but they looked better having an 2/3s of the blue focused on defense. They’re going to need a very heavily defensive mindset tonight against the Hawks.
I’m hoping we see another good game. My heart says this will be a win for Edmonton, but the brain says 5-2 Chicago.