Game Notes EDM vs L.A
Los Angeles Kings (Head Coach: Darryl Sutter) at Edmonton Oilers (Head Coach: Todd McLellan)
NHL Game #542, Rogers Place, 2016-12-29 07:00:00PM (GMT -0700)
Three Stars: Eric Gryba; Peter Budaj; Patrick Maroon
- I thought this was an excellent end to end game for the Oilers, playing mostly even or better against a tough and still-big LA Kings team for the first two periods.
- In the third, the Kings were absolutely ferocious on the forecheck, and at times it got a bit painful to watch the Oilers struggle to exit while the Kings strolled out of their own zone like a walk in the park. But still, they hung in … and in the end – NUGEY! Eh! NUGE!
Theory time, if you’ll permit me a bit of philosophizing …
Seems to me the Kings have traditionally relied on physically punishing the Oilers in the 1st period, during which the Oil wilt, give up a few softies, then thereafter meekly exit the game. This has been the tried and true formula for most ‘big’ teams the last many years.
Last game, the Kings tried it again (successfully), hitting the Oilers everywhere and scoring a couple of easy(ish) ones early.
But instead of going meekly into the night, the Oilers decided to push back. And not only did they push back, but they were the better team the rest of the game. They still lost, but I think they might have proved something to themselves. That they can’t be intimidated any more. That they can match up with the Big Bad Kings.
And this game, the Oilers came out and not only wouldn’t be intimidated, but were determined to be hitters instead of hittees.
Even had the Oilers lost, it seems to me the Oilers have demonstrated to themselves that they can hang with the Los Angeles Kings. That’s YUUUUUUUUUGE, folks, that’s YUUUUUUUGGGGGGGGGGEEE!!
But better still – we won. Suck it Kings! At long last – suck it!
Back to your regularly scheduled fancystat programming:
- The fancies show the Oilers won this game not just on the scoreboard, but all over the ice. Not that Tal-Bot 3000 wasn’t brilliant … but he didn’t singlehandedly win the game, it was very much a team effort. And that’s … really cool!
- Looks like TMc was concerned about the McDavid matchups this game, and kept McD away from Kopitar and Doughty – that job fell to Drai and Nuge (who won it, one reason why the Oilers won this game).
- Check out the ‘lines’ gameflow – can really see how the McDavid line got smashed in the 1st, broke even in the second, and then dominated the Kings in the third, especially early.
- And once again, to conclude: hey Kings, suck it!!!
Game at a Glance
- Patrick Maroon, Eric Gryba, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins each had 1 goal
- Jordan Eberle, Leon Draisaitl, Connor Mcdavid each put 5 shots on goal
- Eric Gryba was most active on the team with 9 shot attempts
- Matt Hendricks was the faceoff champ at 83.3% (5-1)
- Drake Caggiula led the team in on-ice 5v5 shot attempts at 76.5% (13-4)
- Matt Hendricks trailed the team in 5v5 on-ice shot attempts at 35.7% (5-9)
- Adam Larsson was the big hitter with 7
Who Won the 5v5 Shot Battle?
|Which Battle||Who Won||By How Much|
|Shots||EDM||31 to 27 (53.4%)|
|Average Shot Distance Against (ft)||Tied||30 to 30|
|Corsi||EDM||62 to 47 (56.9%)|
|Score & Venue Adjusted Corsi||EDM||63 to 46 (57.4%)|
|Fenwick||EDM||46 to 30 (60.5%)|
|Dangerous Fenwick||EDM||37 to 35 (50.9%)|
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.
|Russell M. Benning||16:46||52.6||21.6||15||19||44.1||44.6||59.1||39.5|
|D. Caggiula Poo Pulju||10:59||13||4||76.5||77||76.9||66.9|
|Maroon Drai Nuge||13:30||13||11||54.2||55.2||61.1||50.3|
|Eberle Looch McDavid||14:12||22||16||57.9||57.7||64||50.1|
|Hendrix Kassian Letestube||08:14||5||8||38.5||39||40||25.1|
Defense Pairings – Shots Given Up
Forward Lines – Shots Taken
Head to Head
NHL Media Highlights
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