Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Oilers lose 4-3 to the Wild - 5 observations

It all went wrong when I predicted a win!

Early dominance by the Oilers wasn’t enough to secure a win as a persistent Wild team took the 2 points.

1. Adam Larsson continues to be a beast eating up minutes and tough assignments.  Showed great toughness coming back from a nasty facial injury in the previous game and played again tonight with a full face mask.

2. Special teams need to improve for this team to stay on pace for the play offs.  A 14th ranked powerplay in the league is not too bad but a 28th ranked penalty kill is not good enough.  In terms of the powerplay I would be trying Evan Bouchard on the first unit, some natural pure skill would really help the high end forward talent on that group.

3. I am ready to see Puljujarvi back in this lineup, too much potential to be sitting and a few games out should give him some new hunger and ambition.

4. I was critical of Leon Draisaitl earlier in the season but he is now playing much better which balances our offence and takes the pressure off McDavid.

5. Alex Chiasson is turning his PTO opportunity into some great early season results.  4 goals in 6 games and involved in all areas of the game.