Vancouver at Edmonton
7 p.m. MT
Sportsnet, CHED, probably some mysterious internet television channel I've yet to discover
(Seriously, I've been hearing rumblings about a way to watch Oilers games online, possibly live. If you have any idea about this, email me at the contact at the bottom of the sidebar.)
Anyhow, I didn't see the game last night, obviously, but it's nonetheless pretty clear from the box score what went wrong last night: too many shots against, not enough for. Eighteen shots against Luongo is making it way too easy on the guy, but the bigger crime is exposing poor, overworked Mr. Roloson to a gaudy 37 pucks. It's a testament to his talents that the score stayed so low, but seriously, we've got to knock this shit off, get back to that stifling team defence we hauled out for the playoffs. Roloson is fifth in the league in shots against going into tonight with 162 in five games — that's just over 32 shots an outing; sounds like we're making things a little too hard on ourselves. If I could find somewhere that tracks blocked shots, I'd love to see if our weakened D has struggled in that department so far this year. Has anyone who's been watching the games noticed a difference?
But yes. A quick scan of the shift charts shows that Stoll, Moreau and Pies did a fine job of shutting down the Mattress Line, who didn't get a sniff in over 18 minutes of play, so expect that matchup from MacT again tonight. He also tended to follow that shift up with Hemsky, Sykora and Torres, who usually found themselves staring down the not entirely threatening trio of Alex Burrows, Ryan Kesler and Taylor Pyatt, and from what I've heard, had all the room in the world to work their magic, resulting in the Oilers' lone goal by Torres.
I think we're going to see a strong response from the Oil tonight. They know they've gotten off their game, they've been relying too much on Roli to bail them out, and they're going to come out with some hard checks and lot of shots. I suspect Roloson is getting a little tired, so I predict a goal-for-goal affair tonight.
5-4 Oilers, goals from Pisani, Lupul, Hemsky, Torres and Greene.
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Vancouver at Edmonton
Posted by Chris! at 12:19 PM