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The Edmonton Oilers Needed Their Game Last Night, It Didn’t Happen

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

...what was that Saturday, on Hockey Night In Canada, against an inspired Montreal Canadiens club that came to Rogers Place to make good on blowing their opener to the Toronto Maple Leafs?

The Oilers were outshot 12-3 in the first 10 minutes. The Canadiens had an 8-1 ‘edge’ in scoring chances in the first period. It was total domination.

For long periods of time, you didn’t hear the names Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl or Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, just 48 hours after they seemed to own the puck.

On a night when this hockey club needed to show up and win battles like they did the previous time out, if for no other reason to build some confidence in Mikko Koskinen in goal, the Oilers looked like they didn’t deserve to be on the same sheet of ice as Montreal. And the 5-1 final score was representative.

Yes, Montreal was the more rested team. The Canadiens were the hungrier hockey team.

Koskinen wasn’t to blame for the Oilers being down 4-0 after 30 minutes. But he wasn’t playing well, either. And he’s already well on his way to setting some sort of record for goals allowed high glove side.

 

Game highlights are below.

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This Edmonton team is still a work in progress
even on paper. And they need trust and confidence in their
only established goalie in order to play their game.

I don’t see them making the playoffs.

For what it’s worth, AA has two goals so far for the Kings.

Posted by lefty.30 on 01/17/21 at 01:05 PM ET

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Apparently Kenny reached out to Howard and
Jimmy preferred to stick with his family.

I’m glad Jimmy at least drew some interest in the end.
His last season was an ugly aberration amid an overall
dismal year. He represented the Wings with a lot of class
and was a very very good NHL starter for long stretches even as
lineup was declining around him. Guess he retires a Red Wing.
As it should be. Congrats on an excellent career!

Posted by lefty.30 on 01/17/21 at 01:55 PM ET

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He represented the Wings with a lot of class
and was a very very good NHL starter for long stretches even as
lineup was declining around him. Guess he retires a Red Wing.

I agree. I always liked Jimmy. Hope he enjoys his retirement. cheese

Posted by bigfrog on 01/17/21 at 09:33 PM ET

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