Game Notes L.A vs EDM
Edmonton Oilers (Head Coach: Todd McLellan) at Los Angeles Kings (Head Coach: Darryl Sutter)
NHL Game #254, STAPLES Center, 2016-11-17 08:30:00PM (GMT -0700)
Referees: Jean Hebert, Marc Joannette
Linesmen: Shane Heyer, Vaughan Rody
Three Stars: Jeff Carter; Derek Forbort; Tyler Toffoli
- So. Another game scored on first. At least this time it was (just) after five minutes.
- Also another game dominating the even strength fancies, but losing because of slow starts, stupid mistakes and putrid special teams.
You know when I’ll believe there’s been a ‘culture change’?
When the Oilers go to Los Angeles and in the first 20 seconds, without saying a word, it’s obvious that they’re telling the Kings: “We’re going to outskate you, outskill you, and outwork you. Dare you to keep up.”
Instead of “We know you’re a better team, help yourself to another two points and please don’t hurt us.” That’s when I’ll believe in a culture change. Sorry Milan, until then, it’s just words.
- At least this time the comeback started *before* the game was out of reach. TWO goals from the defense? Is that even allowed? Too bad about that power play.
- Seriously though, people are going to be insanely frustrated with this game because it’s five straight losses BUT! That was actually a decently played game for the most part, with lots of chances for. It’s the part that wasn’t ‘the most part’ that is the problem. Namely:
- The constant cold starts in the first five minutes of every game have just GOT TO STOP. The NHL is a low scoring league. You cannot spot your opponent a goal every game and win very many.
- The PP remains an embarrassment. It was a minus on the night. (The GIF at the top represents the powerplay).
- The only thing more embarrassing than the Oilers PP is the reffing in this league. The league suffers from a shortage of high-end talent, and yet they’re completely OK with letting their talent be neutered or hurt by all manner of hooks, holds, trips, and slashes. Bettman believes parity is better than good hockey. It is madness, truly madness.
- A fairly called game and the Oilers likely win. Not because of the powerplay, which is terrible, but because eventually it would force the Kings to stop the blatant hooking, holding, and tripping, which was more than half their defense this game.
- Nurse was on the ice yet again for a goal against, but I didn’t think that was on him at all; I thought he had an absolutely terrific game.
- Shots wise, the Oilers actually had two lines going this game. But it doesn’t mean sweet frig all if you do the opposing goalies job and can’t pick the spots needed to score on deadly chances. Said it before, I’ll say it again: the whole damn team has Yakupov disease.
And finally, let me just say this: AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Game at a Glance
- Darnell Nurse, Oscar Klefbom each had 1 goal
- Darnell Nurse blasted 7 shots on goal
- Darnell Nurse was most active on the team with 9 shot attempts
- Mark Letestu was the faceoff champ at 100.0% (2-0)
- Milan Lucic led the team in on-ice 5v5 shot attempts at 70.8% (17-7) – yeah, but it’d be nice if you’d scored.
- Eric Gryba trailed the team in 5v5 on-ice shot attempts at 46.7% (7-8)
- Adam Larsson was the big hitter with 8
|L.A||Derek Forbort||1||5:09||EV||Wrist||56.0||0.18 <- this doesn’t account for the screen|
Who Won the 5v5 Shot Battle?
|Which Battle||Who Won||By How Much|
|Shots||EDM||28 to 21 (57.1%)|
|Average Shot Distance Against (ft)||L.A||30 to 32|
|Corsi||EDM||53 to 31 (63.1%)|
|Score & Venue Adjusted Corsi||EDM||51 to 33 (60.6%)|
|Fenwick||EDM||40 to 27 (59.7%)|
|Dangerous Fenwick||EDM||37 to 27 (57.5%)|
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.
|Nurse M. Benning||08:00||9.75||36||11||3||78.6||76.9||72.7||84|
|Seksy M. Benning||05:17||11.36||44||3||2||60||56.6||33.3||19.8|
|Klefbom M. Benning||04:12||54.29||27||5||3||62.5||60.9||57.1||34.4|
|Pitlick Kassian Letestube||05:55||2||2||50||47.7||50||94.1|
|Eberle Maroon Nuge||05:21||9||2||81.8||80.9||77.8||85.2|
|Looch McDavid Pulju||11:20||20||5||80||78.2||76.2||79|
|Eberle Maroon McDavid||04:34||6||4||60||56.6||55.6||54.5|
|Drai Slappy Poo||07:40||5||5||50||47.4||50||37.8|
|Drai Poo Pulju||06:15||7||4||63.6||61.6||62.5||29.4|
|Eberle Kassian Nuge||03:03||1||2||33.3||31.7||33.3||23|
|Looch Slappy Nuge||04:14||2||2||50||45.5||33.3||13.1|
Defense Pairings – Shots Given Up
Forward Lines – Shots Taken
Head to Head
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