by Lisa Brown on 03/15/12 at 03:15 AM ET
Oilers shut-out Blue Jackets 3-0
After Tom Renney’s very public address discussing the attitude and effort shown by some members of the Edmonton Oilers, the team managed to win the battle for the basement. Renney has and will be criticised for airing the team’s dirty laundry in a very Pat Quinn like post came press conference Monday night following the loss to the San Jose Sharks. To many, Renney should have kept his anger in the room talking to the players and not the media about it. But with what looks to be a third consecutive bottom of the league finish, disappointment and frustrations must reach all new levels.
This game marks Devan Dubnyk’s second shut out of the season, and finally another multi point night for Ryan Nugent-Hopkins; the rookie has some catching up to do to get back to the top of the Calder race.
Nugent-Hopkin’s goal came midway through the second period on the team’s 15th shot of the night, Nugent-Hopkin’s third and final shot. The scoring rate overall was much better than Monday night’s game but the Columbus Blue Jackets are currently the only team further down the standings than the Oilers.
The Oilers would score a power play goal and an empty net to finish the night off.
With his goal, Taylor Hall is inching closer and closer to the 30 goal mark. Currently he stands at 27. If the Oilers have two 30 goal scorers this year that may be one of the few positives to this sad, sad season. Nugent-Hopkins’ second point of the night was on Hall’s goal. Nugent-Hopkins and Eberle have contributed the most to each other’s scoring, but Hall tends to have success with the other youth members of the team as well.
Still up with the Oilers, Linus Omark is still trying to earn his next NHL contract, be it with the Oilers, or another team. While with the Oilers, Omark has looked better defencively than his last stint with the team. This empty net goal makes for Omark’s second of the year, and hopefully is enough to keep him in the lineup for another game.
Teemu Hartikainen was called up from the Oklahoma City Barons today, but was a healthy scratch. The Barons did play Tuesday night, beating the Rockford IceHogs and so calling Hartikainen up may have been to give him a chance to skate with the team and watch before throwing him into another game. With the last call-up Hartikainen received, he looked a little over his head. By easing him in this time, it may be setting the young winger up for more success.
If you can believe it, the Oilers have a winning record with this victory. Of course there had to be an asterix associated with that claim. The Oilers’ record now stands at 27-26-7. Tom Renney may have put it west in his post game comments; “Well we won.”
Next up is perhaps the Oilers most important game of the month because this one is entirely for pride. The Oilers will host the Calgary Flames Friday night in a game that is meaningless to the Oilers’ standings, but will have substantial consequences for the Flames post season.
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