Last night’s road win gives the Oilers one more W away from home than they have at home (8-7). The game was a solid reflection of the team as it currently sits (not a complete game) and once again they dug a hole early and recovered late.
Dennis King’s scoring chances does a fine job of telling us how things are going and last night’s numbers reflects how the top 4 lines are doing in terms of scoring chances:
- Horcoff line: 9 for, 4 against
- Gagner line: 3 for, 7 against
- Cogliano line: 6 for, 12 against
- Fraser line: 3 for, 1 against
It’s an interesting group of numbers. Scotty Bowman would have looked at this after the first period and made some changes. The 2 and 4 lines would have shuffled a little, perhaps Stortini up on the 2line. However, when we look at even strength time on ice we see a different tactic from coach Renney:
- Hall 17:49
- Penner 17:26
- Horcoff 16:38
- Cogliano 15:55
- Pääjärvi 15:33
- Gagner 15:09
- Jones 14:42
- Reddox 14:31
- Omark 14:10
- Stortini 4:52
- Jacques 4:38
- Fraser 4:34
This is pretty much a three line hockey club at this point, but I don’t know that it should be in real terms.
Tyler Pitlick scored his 20th goal last night and is second in WHL rookie points now (Marincin is 3rd). His 50 points have him in the league’s top 30 point getters. I’ll have a look at the Oilers CHL players on this blog tomorrow.
At the break, I think the Oilers are about where they expected to be in the standings. I picked them for 13th in the conference but management didn’t address need at any time during the first half of the season. To have expected more was folly. My fault.