The Oilers had back into Calgary tonight to take on the Calgary Flames. The last outing was a pretty poor one, as the Flames beat us 5-3… although the score probably shouldn’t have been that close. The Oilers played a good half of a game, at best, and were dominated yet again in the faceoff circle.
So we’re back to thinking the Oilers are a basement dweller again… welcome to the roller coaster ride. I’m going to have to figure that the Oilers put up a much better effort against Calgary tonight than the last game (both their last game – against SJ – and their last game against the Flames). I still question whether that will be enough. So I’m going to go with a 4-2 Calgary win here, although I think the Oilers will show a very spirited effort (oh god, please).
Penner – Gagner – Hemsky
Paajarvi – Horcoff – Eberle
Hall – Cogliano – Brule
Jones – Fraser – MacIntyre
Tanguay – Stajan – Iginla
Hagman – Jokinen – Bourque
Glencross – Backlund – Morrison
Meyer – Conroy – Jackman
Regehr – White
Giordano – Sarich
Bouwmeester – Staois
Harvey the Hound
LIVE GAME CHAT
Well, fantastic 25-ish minute game played by the Oilers tonight. Too bad they didn’t show up until the 3rd period. The first two periods were god awful to the point that I think many Oilers fans were seen researching the top draft picks in 2011. But credit to the Oilers for battling hard in the 3rd period. You have to wonder where that fight was in the first 2 periods though. Did the Flames just tire themselves out?
At any rate, Jordan Eberle scored yet another beauty. This kid only scores gorgeous goals, apparently. Taylor Hall had an average game, at best. Paajarvi scored a wonderful partial-breakaway goal. Khabibulin was solid, if not stellar in goal for most of the night and held the fort long enough for the team to rally back.
This is one of those games where maybe you can chalk it up to growing pains, however even guy’s like Whitney were making huge mistakes. Smid and Peckham, however, each looked very solid. I thought that even Strudwick wasn’t too bad out there. But it just wasn’t the night for Foster and Whitney, early on, as they both seemed very scary defensively. I know Whitney will bounce back, but I do question Foster’s risk vs. his reward. He did score a goal tonight, be also created one on a poor pinch, as well as got burned pinching again later on (although no goal was scored the second time). I think I count at least 1 bad pinch a game… but perhaps I’m just being overly critical.
Anyways, there are lots of lessons to be learned here, but good job by the Oilers to show that they do have some compete in them with that 3rd period rally. My final note though… no Horcoff in the shootout???
Edit: Actually one more final note that I thought odd. Jason Gregor pointed out sometime late in the 3rd that the Oilers 1st two periods they were hot in the draw (mid 60s), but dropped to 40-something when they were actually playing good. Go figure.
Edit2: Ok, onnnne more fine note. I’ve always advocated Penner on the PK. I think they should keep it going more. He wouldn’t normally be the first guy you think of, but he’s a good PKer.