by Lisa Brown on 04/08/12 at 04:45 AM ET
Oilers lose to Canucks 3-0
The Edmonton Oilers have lost for the last time this season, but there’s not much else that could be said on the subject. With this loss, the Oilers finished 29th and 4 points behind the 28th placed Montreal Canadiens but oddly enough, the Oilers have one more win than the Canadiens, there’s that third point in action. But for now, all that is left is to see where Tuesday’s lottery will land the Oilers.
While this was another year with nothing much to hope for except a great draft pick, there has also been the emergence of Devan Dubnyk, Jordan Eberle and of course Ryan Nugent Hopkins.
While Nugent-Hopkins along with the rest of the Oilers were kept off of the scoresheet, he does finish the season with 52 points, one ahead of Adam Henrique but tied with Gabriel Landeskog who is Nugent-Hopkin’s biggest competition for the Calder Trophy. If Landeskog wins because he had a more “complete season” and didn’t have to miss any games due to a true accident it will be a major injustice.
For Jordan Eberle and his run for the Lady Byng award, he may have suffered a minor setback taking interference minor. While this penalty gives Eberle only 10 minutes for the entire season, it is recent and sometimes the most recent are the most memorable.
In terms of the game, this was another opportunity for Dubnyk to face more than 40 shots and so allowing only three was a small victory. On the other end of the ice, this was the 4th of 5 games where the Oilers had less than 20 shots on net. That has to be something that the team will be looking at addressing over the offseason, along with the defence.
For the Canucks, this is their second consecutive President’s Trophy and that is quite the accomplishment. It was, as always, a long and gruelling season and to finish at the top of the league is impressive. That’s not enough to win over many Oiler and Flames fans for the duration of the playoffs, but it is another banner to raise to the rafters in Roger’s Arena. And while the fans and likely some of the players will not be cheering for the Canucks, the Oilers did help them to reach that accomplishment, so that should be enough.
The playing season may be over, but now the work really begins. The Oilers’ management need to get to work looking for blueliners to add to the roster. They should also look to move some players that just didn’t work out in Edmonton this year while taking on some veteran players who can help the young and skilled talent. Thankfully, with the show that Dubnyk put on this season, goaltending should be less of a concern for next year. Dubnyk will have his struggles, but he looks far more comfortable with a starting role than he did last year. After all, what might be his save of the year was quite impressive.
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