Monday, November 28, 2011

Post Game: Game #24 Predators 2 Oilers 1

Scoring Summary
1st Period
EDM Jordan Eberle 8 (Ryan Nugent-Hopkins) 7:07

2nd Period
NSH Shea Weber 4 (PP) (Ryan Suter, Anders Lindback) 11:34

3rd Period
NSH Nick Spaling 3 (Jordin Tootoo, Craig Smith) 12:21

Penalty Summary
1st Period
8:49 Nashville roughing - 2 min S. Weber drawn by A. Hemsky

2nd Period
6:35 Edmonton cross checking - 2 min T. Peckham drawn by J. Tootoo
6:35 Edmonton elbowing - 5 min R. Jones drawn by B. Geoffrion
6:35 Nashville diving - 2 min J. Tootoo drawn by T. Peckham
6:55 Nashville interference - 2 min S. Kostitsyn drawn by R. Smyth
8:31 Nashville tripping - 2 min R. Josi drawn by J. Eberle
18:51 Nashville high-sticking - 2 min J. Tootoo drawn by R. Nugent-Hopkins

3rd Period
2:25 Edmonton high-sticking - 2 min C. Teubert drawn by J. Tootoo

Shots On Goal - Oilers 18 Predators 31

Game Notes:
- The Oilers just didn't have enough "umph" tonight and ultimately one lackluster clearing attempt did them in. Chalk this one under " a game they should have won but lost" category. Nashville's offense is non-existant but simply outworked the Oilers tonight where the Oilers felt Nashville was going to hand over 2 points. The execution was real poor and the Oilers were stuck second guessing themselves all night. The good and the bad of the Oilers this year is, you never know what you're going to get. Welp, tonight was the bad and then the ugly. Getting only 18 shots and applying very little pressure after scoring in the first period is unforgivable. Ryan Jones taking a five minute phantom elbowing penalty really set the Oilers back. It was a bad call, but the Oilers never could get any momentum from that point on. Taylor Hall had an impact on the game without playing in the game. The Oilers sorely could have used his gamebreaking ability tonight. Magnus Paajarvi, taking Hall's spot tonight, had some decent mojo going early, but faded much like the team around him. I still don't know what to make of this team, on one hand I want to rip a strip off their backside, really letting them have it. But, on the other hand, you start to remember last year and then one remembers what they were. The Oilers are making progress on one hand, but on the other hand, you really feel they are leaving a lot on the table by some of the personnel decisions management is making. I fully expect to see more games like tonight as long as management is willing to stand pat and assess.

Player of the Game:
- Colten Teubert. I thought to a man everyone underachieved tonight. I could and probably should give it to Khabibulin but that first goal he gave up was fromage. I have decided to give it to Teubert for his steady play and his toughness since he has shown up here. Oh, who am I kidding, everyone else sucked, but good on Teubert. It's rare for me to give a bottom pairing defenseman kudos, so here it is.

Goat of the Game:
- Sam Gagner. Geez, no shortage here. I could give out three on the winning goal. Gagner for being weak on the puck and coughing it up, Belanger for covering air in front, and for Whitney playing like his ankles are going to shatter any second. There were a lot of passengers tonight. I hate to single out Gagner here, because he did play well tonight. But on a play like that he has to eat the puck along the boards and keep it there as long as he can. He simply threw the puck weakly into the slot allowing Nashville to keep the play alive.

Next Game: Wednesday November 30, 2011 vs. Wild @ Rexall Place on TSN 7:30 PM MT

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