The Edmonton Oilers made a couple of moves today. This morning, they sent gifted winger Linus Omark back to the AHL in hopes he’ll learn a little more about minding the store. Later in the day, the club recalled Shawn Belle from OKC. On the face of it that’s no big deal, Belle showed well in his cup of coffee earlier this season and he’s a better NHL defenseman than Jason Strudwick right now.

The worry comes from something PDO (and perhaps others) pointed out: Tom Gilbert played his final shift last night between 19:16 and 20:00 of the final period. Meaning he didn’t play any of the overtime. Here are the pairings in the OT:

  • 0:00-0:33 Kurtis Foster
  • 0:00-0:33 Ladislav Smid
  • 0:33-1:48 Theo Peckham
  • 0:33-1:23 Jason Strudwick
  • 1:23-1:52 Jeff Petry
  • 1:48: 2:22 Jason Strudwick
  • 1:52-2:26 Theo Peckham
  • 2:26-3:14 Kurtis Foster
  • 2:33-2:42 Ladislav Smid
  • 2:42-3:20 Jeff Petry
  • 3:14-3:20 Ladislav Smid
  • 3:20-end of game Kurtis Foster

I think that’s right. So, we have Gilbert (easily the best defenseman on the club) not playing a second in OT, although he was on the ice at the end of the game. On top of that, there are the curious two final shifts of Smid’s evening. Thet lasted 9 and 6 seconds, respectively. That could have been due to a powerplay.

Could be nothing, but worth keeping track of in the next 24 hours.

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