The good thing about last night? Oilers were once again in a game very late and that’s been a consistent item through this season.
However, they have only 6 wins in 15 games and if they’re a playoff team then 18-20 wins on the season (that’s their pace) isn’t going to get them into the second season based on the way the west is shaping up this year. A lot has been made of this home stand (now squandered) and last night’s game was a bullet to the heart of the Oiler faithful.
- Krueger: “I didn’t think they (1line) were quite as connected. It seemed like there were individual efforts in their line.
I think the Kings did a very good forechecking job and that Sutter’s gameplan wore the kids down. The Kings were on their heels in the first period (for about ten minutes) and then on their toes the rest of the night. That inability to adjust, to beat the trap, to change the stubborn ways, that’s the reason for the title of this blog post (stolen from It’s a Wonderful Life).
A few things:
- Lots of chatter about the Oilers losing the template after the 56-shot game, but let’s remember the Kings are a much better team than the Avalanche.
- The Nuge is hurting.
- Krueger played Eager 11:13 last night. Too much.
- Hall and Hemsky are absolutely wild horses right now. I think that’s why LA moved the trap from the neutral zone to the Oilers blueline. Don’t let them get real estate. It was effective.
- Khabibulin stopped a lot of shots and made some big saves. He had to have that shot late, just had to.
- From here on in, we should refer to Hartikainen as an NHL player. He’s earned it.
I think these kids will be better Thursday and am still comfortable with my prediction (8th place in the west). I do believe Steve Tambellini should pull the trigger on a deal and would think its about time they give Peckham and or Potter a chance on the third pairing.