The Oilers are back in action tonight as they roll into Vegas (for the first time. On Connor’s 21st birthday. Hooboy) to take on the
Pacific Western Conference-leading Golden Knights.
In October, people may have predicted that this matchup would feature the division leader but they never would have guessed that the Oilers would be scraping by on their name alone while the Golden Knights are actually winning games and stuff.
If this is the upside down, I can only hope Hopper comes to save us all.
Keys to the Game
- Try not to let Vegas score first. In their last 8 games, the Oilers have been outscored something like 22-6 in the first period. It’s not a coincidence that they’ve lost most of those games.
- Play some defence in the early minutes. Cam Talbot got pulled after letting in two on three shots, and then Al Montoya had to come in and clean up.
- Score first. Last night the Oilers were able to come back because they were playing the Coyotes. This is a real NHL team, so chances are a 2-goal advantage for Vegas will be harder to overcome.
Players to Watch
- Connor is magical and he undressed an entire line of Coyotes last night and that should be burned into my retinas.
- THE REAL DEAL JAMES NEAL. (Not really but typing that was fun
- Jonathan Marchessault is having himself a season, and that’s been rather surprising to some (especially Dale Tallon).
Patrick Maroon – Connor McDavid – Leon Draisaitl
Milan Lucic – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Jesse Puljujarvi
Jujhar Khaira – Ryan Strome – Mike Cammalleri
Drake Caggiula – Mark Letestu – Zack Kassian
Darnell Nurse – Adam Larsson
Oscar Klefbom – Matt Benning
Andrej Sekera – Kris Russell
Jonathan Marchessault – William Karlsson – Reilly Smith
David Perron – Erik Haul – James Neal
Brendan Leipsic – Cody Eakin Alex Tuch
Tomas Nosek – Pierre-Édouard Bellemare – Will Carrier
Brayden McNabb – Nate Schmidt
Shea Theodore – Deryk Engelland
Colin Miller – Brad Hunt
With a win in Arizona, the Oilers only have to win 27 more games in regulation to hit 95 points. Slow and steady, or something. (For the record, it’s possible but not likely.)
Regardless of how this season actually ends, the organization needs to be, well, reorganized.