The Edmonton Oilers swept their 3rd home by defeating the Stanley Cup Fertile Gold Knights Finalist Saturday night, before a national hearing, 2-1.
In those 3 games with Ken Hitchcock behind the bench and his system tweaks instead of the Oilers extraordinarily their collective opposition 6 to 3.
To further clarify how close this one really was at night, just look at Good "A" winning opportunities. Spurita de la Hokeo cult David Staples, they favored Fertile valleys with a narrow 8-7 edge. David's observations accompanied me.
But do not think Hitch has screened all the offspring from this club. At night the home team outfired its opposition 34-32. The two clubs drew even special teams. But it was a completely entertaining thing, with much speed and skill in the screen.
In the end, however, it is fine to say that Mikko Koskinen was better than Marc-Andre Fleury. That was finally the difference.
Their 13-11-2 album deals with the Oils in a point of place point in the Pacific. They both persecute both Golden Horsemen and Sharks in this crack. But Edmonton holds 2 games-in-hand on the previous, 1 game-in-hand on the last.
Here's the story of the tape:
Edmonton Oilers Playing Degrees
MIKKO KOSKINEN. 8. Mikko Koskinen may have won this game for the Oilers with his play in the first 8 minutes. Fertile valleys came out. But the great Finnish had the answer soon and often. I had his biggest saving on William Karlsson 5 minutes in the open frame. But he also came very late, stopping Reilly Smith after the next stepped Adam Larsson and broke alone. Blocked 31 out of 32 in everything. Koskinen had a Sv% of .967 on this home stands. It's okay 8-2-1 in the season. That's a nice o.k., too. Where would they be without him?
KONNORO McDAVID. 8. A note is a physical issue that can not be said. He took a smart chip up Draisaitl's boards. McDavid powered by one defender and led beyond the other. But then, on the way to the remote part of the network, the steel of McDavid excavated deep into the ice. The snow flew and Connor pivoted hard, turning almost inside. McDavid then moved the push from a back hand forward and overlaid it over Marc-Andre Fleury for the 1-0. What a jaw gutter Woe. It had 8 (!) Shooting in a network in everything like Vegas valleys fought to contain its simultaneous flashing speed. It was late to the crack at an opportunity against early. But there was also 75% on the face point. Above all Wonderful, in a winning effort.
LEON DRAISAITO. 7. You played a terrifying 2-way game. Found his favorite goal on the wall for 1-0. He took a blow in the 1st. After a while, he wasted another, which led to a chance by Jesse Puljujarvi. Minutes later, in Vegas, Leon and Chiasson made great games to release the zone and alleviate the pressure. In the third period of the Fertile valleys PP, both Draisaitl and Russell joined to type an extraordinary cycle. Then, as if everything was not enough, Lion wins 2 great traits in the final 90 seconds and along with Nugent Hopkins eats the need in the corner when he touched time to nothing. Peripheral responsible for the 1-1, but it was lost luck in the Ozone zone.
ALEX CHIASSON. 5. Solid but unexpected. 1 shot, 1 takeover at 18:58. It designed a powerful play in the 1st period. Main games in the second period DC with the Golden Horsemen pressing. I'm wondering whether Alex Chiasson can continue with that amount of TOI? He did not use this.
OSCAR KLEFBOMO. 6. A troublesome start in the first minutes when Vegas had 3 good earnings for his watch. Finished the night -1. Mainly responsible for 1-1. But in justice, Klefbom was in the right place on the ice and it was not just 1 bad bounce but 2 far from him before the door was cut before Koskinen. And also his past man, who sent Draisaitl and McDavid to ice in the 1-0, earning an assistant from Klefbom (his 12th of the campaign). 3 blocks but without firings in 24:38.
ADAM LARSSON. 6. There were many examples tonight, where Adam Larsson won hard battles in his own zone and as a result his companions finished on the good sign of things. But Larsson also had a few gifts and was able to beat the outside in a three-point finish that Koskinen had exploded him. It was very good at 2:33 a short time ago. 3 hits, 3 blocks.
RYAN NUGENT-HOPKINS. 7. Nugent-Hopkins turned into a sterling defense effort tonight. And I mean it was Similar. The Nuge hardly worked hard. He ran back as a demon and used a dead stick in passing paths. His best moment came in the third period; A small peak in the Ozone, followed by a dangerous wrist shot that Fleury left. But then Ryan's clear attempt went on his way even more and forced the Golden Knights to punish the play. What a splendid sequence of # 93. 4 rounds and 50% on the point in 19:58. Money.
JESSE PULJUJARVI. 5. Some good moments, but all in everything quite quiet at night. Had 2 shots and 2 hits. The best opportunity of Puljujarvi was a success directed to the Fruitful goal after Drasiaitl took away. I liked his battle under his own goal line in second-second series that resulted in the push safely leaving the D-belt. It did not resign much, defensively.
DRAK KAGAGULO. 5. Quiet 40 minutes, then came living in the third. What I like about Drake Caggiula is that he plays as a bigger man that he really is. In fact, he led the club into battles with 6. The status sheet imposed 3 to take care of him, but to be honest … I only saw one that was 1) Obviously and 2) had a negative effect on the game.
DARNELL NURSE. 7. He was the Edmonton Oilers best D-man tonight. Darnell Nurse had some effective flashes, but played it smart and was never caught by position. It had 2 rounds on a network. But it was the work in its own end that stood out. His speed allowed him to stay fast with the high-speed Vegas club and he was only responsible for 1 high dangerous chance against. It had 3 hits and a block.
KRIS RUSSELO 7. He made a lot of heavy rise against men greater than he behind the goal and won most of these battles. It made a great play in its own belt on the DC to release the belt, a part of 2:17 from the operation of a short hand. It only allowed a particularly dangerous opportunity against his watch. The game started at 2-1. The evening ended with 3 hits, 3 blocks and 2 airplanes in 21:35.
KYLE BRODZIAK. 5. This line led by Kyle Brodziak made some of his best defenders in the Offensive zone. Shot and 2 hits. Cycling well Had some small fights on the point, however (40%). Also danced with a bad 2nd Period sale. Actually, but you'd like to see this line hit the pointmark at last. 2:12 of the most important PK work, which is not a resource for Vegas's Fertile valleys that were late.
MILAN LUCICO 6. You played a solid game. 5 impacts. He had a few shot tests that did not miss much, although 1 jumped from the cross and another came as well as the buzzero closed the 2nd Period. Two key moments best illustrated his game. One was a battleboard in its own belt worn after a long duel along the wall in the 1st period. The other was a fortune that he stripped out in the attack zone to feed Brodziak for an opportunity. This may be his new, permanent role. It suits it well.
ZACK KASSIAN 6. It spent a lot of time on the cycle on the attack zone. While the line has again taken food on the score, they carry out effective work to encourage the opposition in their own area. Shot, success, block for Zack Kassian. I did not think that the grief he had taken was especially intelligent, but at least he was in the process of being physical … unlike a lazy hook or trip.
MATT BENNING. 6. This third union had the best flow of play while they were on the ice. In fact, Matt Benning had the highest chance of CF% (17-18, 48.6%) on the D-core tonight. He added a few shots on goal as well as a firm 3rd Periodic body control that the official score had failed somehow. Benning played only 13:02 because Hitchcock leaned hard at his 1st. But he was reasonably effective at that time.
KEVIN GRAVEL. 5. Had a few blows in the first two periods, but had a solid 3rd as the Oilers defended the lead. It had 2 shots and 2 hits more abduction. Played 13:22 completely. But Ken Hitchcock said he needed a few mistakes of his third union. If that's true, then I wonder if Jason Garrison is back in the next game?
JUJHAR KHAIRA. 6. Configure the event with an acute step from the corner to the slot where Ryan Spooner has not made a mistake. Khaira really fought. But to my eye he simplified his game tonight and that made a big difference. Pucks, who were not released in previous games, left the area tonight. And J.J. He was also physical, recording 4 hits in 9:41. That's better.
RYAN SPOONER. 6. Elected a special opportunity time to score his first as an Oiler. He found a clear air before the Golden Knights network and did not hesitate for a second when the push before Khaira. Bam! It was in, and stood the rest of the road. This was the best game in the 4th line in many games, and Spooner was a significant part of that even before the winner entered for him.
TY RATTIE. 7. There was a great game in which he might need to stay in the NHL, leave the section. The score does not show help for him on the winning goal. But Rattie pre-programmed the drainage and finally forced the D-man he pursued to press his hand into the enemy's hands in the corner and like that … it was 2-1. But not only did that play. Rattie had 4 shots, 3 hits and removal. Also it drew a penalty in the 1st. Played only 9:38 but made every half of it count.
Hitch makes a return to the Lone Star State on Tuesday, when the Oilers visit Dallas.
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