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Bruce McCurdy Edmonton Journal

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Jan 19, 202128 minutes ago 8 minute read

Edmonton Oilers Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (93) deflects the puck towards Montreal Canadiens Jake Allen (34) throughout NHL action at Rogers Place in Edmonton, January 18, 2021. Picture by Ed Kaiser/ Postmedia

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Canadiens 3, Oilers 1

A lot for the Edmonton Oilers getting better from a frustrating loss. It worked versus Vancouver Canucks in their opening two-game set of the 2021 season, however there was little indication of a similar snapback versus the Montreal Canadiens. The visiting Habs ran the Oilers’ program for the second time in three video games, adding a 3-1 triumph on to Saturday night’s 5-1 blowout.

Each time the visitors opened a comfy lead prior to allowing a late consolation objective. This time around hosts held an excellent 12 -6 edge on the shot clock through 20 minutes, however a much deeper dive of the game sheet reveals 8 of those shots came outside of 40 feet, simply 1 within 25 feet, with a total average of 46 feet. Suffice to say that Jake Allen, making his debut in the Montreal cage, was not sorely checked.

Edmonton did tighten up defensively at 5v5, however permitted the only objective because positioning when Alex Romanov opened the scoring with a 52- foot floater through a double screen that amazed Mikko Koskinen and leaked through the 6-hole. That softie, scored 10 minutes in to the game, put Montreal in front to stay.

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An essential turning point in the game took place late in the very first duration when Edmonton had 3 overlapping powerplays covering 5 1/2 minutes with a couple of quick 5-on-3s, with just 2 outside shots and 0 scoring opportunities to reveal for it. The loss of momentum spilled over into a desultory middle frame that saw the Oilers get outshot 16 -1 through the very first 15 minutes of play.

For the 2nd straight video game the visitors closed down Edmonton’s vaunted powerplay, once again scoring a shorthanded goal of their own to pour salt in the injury. Monday’s dismal effort saw the Oilers waste 7 powerplay opportunities, generating simply 8 shots and exactly 1 Grade A scoring chance. Over the 2 game series, Edmonton had 10 powerplays throughout which time they scored no goals and enabled two. That is … bad.

This was honestly a dull game to view, particularly from the house group’s point of view. Despite trailing for the last 50 minutes, Edmonton generated simply 6 (six) Grade A scoring possibilities all night long, a horrible number. The Oilers were outshot by 34-26 and outhit by 31-17 as Montreal played on the front foot for long stretches and received surprisingly little pushback along the method.

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# 4 Kris Russell, 5. Made his season debut and helped settle things down in the protective zone, as expected. His great positioning and fast stick erased a dangerous cross-seam pass in the early going. Was personally at fault for 0 Grade A possibilities against by our count, and 1 for. Dinged the crossbar with a strong shot in the dying seconds. Credited 2 hits, which is to state two times as numerous as the remainder of the D corps integrated.

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# 6 Adam Larsson, 4. Took a pair of charges versus his own end boards, one for mauling Phillip Danault, one for a late hit on Jake Evans that was deemed interference. Had 0 legal hits. Beyond those two powerplay opps, he didn’t give up a whole lot.

# 8 Kyle Turris, 4. Another game going after the play. Through 4 games and 44 minutes of 5v5 play, the Oilers have summoned hardly 30%of the shot efforts (27 for, 59 against) and under 35%of the shots on objective (16 for, 30 versus) with Turris on the ice. Oh yeah, and 0%of the objectives (0 for, 4 against). On Monday those counts were 5-9, 3-6, and 0-0 respectively, so at least no damage on the scoreboard this time. 1 shot, 0 hits, and 6/15=-LRB- %on the dot.

#10 Joakim Nygard, 4. One of the more industrious Oilers, won a few puck fights but generated 0 shot attempts. Drew a charge, but took a late among his own for an aggressive backcheck. Commemorated Coast’s goal from the penalty box.

#13 Jesse Puljujarvi, 4. A number of quick flashes consisting of an early jam attempt, however had extremely little influence on this video game.

#14 Devin Shore, 5. An offender on Shea Weber’s video game winning powerplay objective when he astonished Koskinen. Made up for it by scoring Edmonton’s only objective on a great specific effort, likewise while eliminating a penalty, stealing the puck from Jonathan Drouin, waltzing in alone, and shooting a best shot off the post and in to mess up Allen’s nothing bid with 2 minutes to play.

#15 Josh Archibald, 4. An industrious effort that included 5 hits, but created nothing offensively. Screened Koskinen on the opening objective, which might have caught a piece of him en route by.

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#19 Mikko Koskinen, 5. Leaked in the video game’s opening objective from range, a substantial juncture. Did well to keep Edmonton within that 1-0 deficit nearly to the second intermission, stopping a barrage of mid-range shots at the same time, even going “complete pterodactyl” at one point according to play-by-play guy Jack Michaels. Permitted a 2nd killer goal with just 10 seconds to play in the middle frame that stood as the winner. While much went on because disorderly series that was beyond the big netminder’s control, his lunging save of Weber’s first shot left him out of position for the rebound which the Montreal captain banked in off of him. Has actually now dealt with 145 shots in 4 games, already 50 more shots than any other NHL netminder at this early phase. 34 shots, 31 saves,.912 conserve portion.

#20 Slater Koekkoek, 5. Hands up, those who had Slater Koekkoek in the “who’ll be playing 1RD by Video game 4?” sweepstakes. Had some excellent moments, though the puck invested too much time in Edmonton area on his watch. Played 19: 54 and continues to become an early-season surprise.

#21 Dominik Kahun, 5. Has a good routine of appearing around the net at an appropriate time, but has yet to transform. Had a great chance on a postponed charge late in the second, requiring one of Allen’s finest saves. The only Oiler to have a positive shots on goal differential at 5v5; the other 17 skaters were all on the minus side.

#22 Tyson Barrie, 3. Struggled at even strength (33%shot share) and much more so on the once-potent powerplay. Played 22: 40 including 8: 17 with the man benefit but didn’t contribute to a single Grade A chance by the Oilers. Did fire one decent shot from medium variety.

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#25 Darnell Nurse, 3. Part of the double screen on Koskinen on that crucial opening objective. Played a group high 26:02 Led the Oilers with 4 shots however absolutely nothing hazardous, indeed his involvement on Grade A possibilities was 0/ -3 on the night. Was on the receiving end of a nasty shot from Brendan Gallagher that was pretty plainly payback for a nasty shot Nurse provided the other way late in Saturday’s game, but had an uncharacteristic 0 hits of his own. Chipped in on the penalty kill with a game high 5: 51.

#29 Leon Draisaitl, 4. It was a disappointing game for Edmonton’s stars, and Draisaitl was no exception. He had a quick burst late in the second when he set up Kahun for a great chance throughout a delayed penalty, then hammered a difficult shot of his own on the subsequent powerplay for that system’s only Grade A scoring chance of the night. An excellent 13/19=-LRB- %on the dot, some strong deal with the PK, and drew a penalty. However the Oilers require a lot more from the Hart Prize winner than he provided on this night, specifically on the attack.

#39 Alex Chiasson, 4. Not a lot is going right for the big winger early in 2021, and that extends to the powerplay where he stood out a season ago. Did make one excellent pass to Draisaitl for a slot shot that was fended off by Allen. Lost his only faceoff of the night midway in the very first, which was quickly developed into Montreal’s very first goal. Rang a difficult shot off the post in the dying seconds of the middle frame that very almost counteracted Weber’s objective seconds previously, but didn’t.

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#44 Zack Kassian, 4. The Oilers surely missed the big winger on Saturday night, which he missed out on to go to the birth of his kid. Alas, they missed him almost as much on Monday. Played 14 minutes of uneventful hockey (0 shot efforts, 0 contributions to scoring possibilities). Besides one good open-ice hit of Josh Anderson late in the very first, had little going on the physical front on a night the Oil needed an infusion of rugged play.

#56 Kailer Yamamoto, 5. Peaceful night, with 0 shots on web during his 15 minutes of action. Did appearance excellent on the penalty kill, playing 2: 42 paired with Draisaitl.

#84 William Lagesson, 5. Played 11: 12 in all scenarios in 2021 debut and held his own. Struggled to move the puck cleanly, however. All 3 of his shot attempts were obstructed.

#93 Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, 3. Amongst the Oilers’ stars who had a hard time on the powerplay, worsened by a weak enter the slot that was turned into a jailbreak the other way and ultimately a shorthanded objective. Led the forwards in ice time for the 3rd consecutive game, playing 23: 53.

#97 Connor McDavid, 3. Unusual to see McDavid play two games in a row with as little effect as he made against the Habs. Even rarer to see a video game where he was involved in zero (0) scoring chances for the Oilers. Simply 1 official shot on internet, which from outside. Closest was a fantastic powerplay look when he whipped a difficult backhand large of the target at the end of a four-way passing play. According to Natural Stat Technique whose automated program steps scoring opportunities in a different way, the Oilers created no scoring opportunities at all during McDavid’s 12: 21 at even strength. Did bring some early edge with 3 hits in the very first period, but never ever really imposed his amazing video game at any point.

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