Taylor vs. Tyler is the story tonight. Do we care how well Tyler does? Well, other than to keep our goals against down, I say no. Tyler Seguin is a very good player, but I’m happy with what we got. Seguin’s success or lack of success doesn’t dictate how the draft went, imho.. it’s about how well Taylor Hall is doing here, and I think he’s easily one of the best players we’ve had here in ages. ‘Nuff said on that.
The former cup champions are off to quite a slow start this year, being 6-7-0 and the 4th worst team in the NHL standings right now. The Oilers, meanwhile, sit near the top with a shocking 9-3-2 start and the third highest point total in the NHL, thanks a lot to great goaltending and some much better team defense. I’ll give play by Gilbert and Smid a huge nod there too, especially.
In the early going, I’d also give a lot of credit to the Kid Line (Hall / Nuge / Eberle), but I think the lack of ability to line match on the road has made it harder on them, which is to be expected. Hall is 0G, 0A, -2 on road this year; Nugent-Hopkins is 1G, 0A, -2 on road; and Jordan Eberle is 0G, 2A, -2 on road this year. Not good… again this is to be expected since Renney won’t have an easier time giving these guys cherry minutes on the road. Also, we’ve only had 6 road games this year so far. It’s not a huge issue yet, but having seen them get shut down when teams can better match units against them, my excitement over this group has faded a bit. And by that, I just mean they aren’t big stars just yet.. they’ll get there.. but don’t expect ppg paces to keep up.
Anyways, with the Oilers on a tear here, I expect another win. Tonight it sounds like they will focus more on offense (per Potter). Will it result in more GA more than GF? That remains to be seen.. but I think this will be another win!
Prediction: 4-1 Oilers
OILERS LINES (PROJECTED)
Hall – Nugent-Hopkins – Eberle
Smyth – Horcoff – Hemsky
Jones – Belanger – Gagner
Eager – Lander – Petrell
Smid – Gilbert
Barker – Potter
Peckham – Petry
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