Game Notes EDM vs CGY
Calgary Flames (Head Coach: Glen Gulutzan) at Edmonton Oilers (Head Coach: Todd McLellan)
NHL Game #3, Rogers Place, 2016-10-12 08:00:00PM (GMT -0600)
Referees: Brian Pochmara, Kyle Rehman
Linesmen: Mark Wheler, Darren Gibbs
Three Stars: Connor McDavid; Kris Russell; Mikael Backlund
- OK, it’s a rare opening night win and equally rare win against those evil red barbarians, so the first priority is to enjoy (and possibly gloat).
- Second, this win was All McDavid, All the Time. He won the game for the Oilers in the face of what was, at times, gross incompetence from his teammates, especially on the putrid special teams.
- For a game where the Oilers were clearly the better 5v5 team, the shot metrics (which favour the Flames) look mysterious. You can solve the issue by looking at the gameflow: Oilers the better team for almost the entire game, but the Flames with about 10 minutes of massive pushback in the third swung the numbers. The shot distance also tells a story, with the Flames bloating their numbers with a lot of shots from the outside.
- Similarly, Klefbom and Larsson were solid, but ended with poor numbers. The danger adjusted numbers tell the story: they were both positive on the night. So a lot of those outside shots probably were against the bulletproof KlefLar. Checking the head to head, Larsson was hard matched against Johnny Cocky, so that’s a real shutdown result. That’s exactly what Larsson’s numbers in New Jersey suggested he would bring. Keep it up!
- 1 for 3 on the PK against what last year was a very average Flames powerplay, and 1 for 6 and -1 on the powerplay. Bring that against a team that isn’t a bottom feeder, and the Oilers get eaten for lunch. This should have been a blowout. Fix it, TMc, fix it.
- I thought Looch was ineffective at 5v5, and a liability on the PP. Hey, it’s his first for-realsies game with a new team, so patience is warranted. But I hope, IF it turns out he isn’t a good fit with McDavid, the Oilers don’t get stubborn.
- Decent game from Kris Russell … however, as someone who watched the guy a lot last year, this isn’t that unusual. He does have some good games. (And it doesn’t hurt when your most common teammates were Sekera and McDavid) If you want to see why he has fans concerned (and Flames watchers happy), watch about halfway through the first period. There’s a simple breakout chance where Russell freely coughs up the puck in an incredibly dangerous place, resulting in a tire fire and multiple dangerous chances against (and I think a blocked shot or two). The problem with Russell is he has lots of games where those are the norm. Would be great if those are behind him but you’ll forgive me if I remain skeptical …
Game at a Glance
- Connor McDavid led the way with 2 goals
- Connor McDavid blasted 6 shots on goal
- Connor McDavid was most active on the team with 10 shot attempts
Huh, it’s almost like Connor McDavid made a big difference in this game.
- Mark Letestu was the faceoff champ at 64.3% (9-5)
- Jordan Eberle led the team in on-ice 5v5 shot attempts at 63.6% (14-8)
- Mark Letestu trailed the team in 5v5 on-ice shot attempts at 28.0% (7-18)
- Milan Lucic was the big hitter with 6
Who Won the 5v5 Shot Battle?
|Which Battle||Who Won||By How Much|
|Shots||CGY||27 to 23 (54.0%)|
|Average Shot Distance Against (ft)||Tied||34 to 34|
|Corsi||CGY||44 to 36 (55.0%)|
|Score & Venue Adjusted Corsi||CGY||41 to 39 (51.6%)|
|Fenwick||CGY||36 to 30 (54.5%)|
|Dangerous Fenwick||CGY||28 to 26 (51.6%)|
How the Players Did (On Ice Shot Attempts)
Forwards are sorted by decreasing CF%. Defensemen and pairs sorted by increasing DFA60. Forward lines by decreasing DFF%. Positions are as listed by the NHL roster page, not necessarily where they played.
|Seksy K. Russell||12:28||13.96||41||12||9||57.1||59.8||61.1||75.6|
|A. Larsson Klefbom||12:32||26.81||33.8||8||9||47.1||51.8||50||62|
|A. Larsson Nurse||03:25||52.68||39||1||4||20||23.4||20||8.8|
|Eberle M. Lucic McDavid||10:24||12||7||63.2||66.4||68.8||82.1|
|Maroon Drai J. Puljujarvi||06:01||5||5||50||53.6||50||50.1|
|T. Pitlick Kassian Letestube||03:54||4||7||36.4||38.6||40||40.2|
|Slappy Poo Nuge||04:58||4||7||36.4||38.6||16.7||23.9|
|Kassian Poo Nuge||02:10||1||3||25||27.3||33.3||5.6|
|T. Pitlick Slappy Letestube||02:52||1||4||20||24.6||20||4.2|
Defense Pairings – Shots Given Up
Forward Lines – Shots Taken
Head to Head
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