Vancouver 3 (OT)
The Oilers' last ten games is pretty much summed up by the little infographic above, whereby the Oilers offensive potential, aka "the vaunt," has been blue-balled by the limited skills of the the team's backend. And yes, I have already faxed this little bit of tactical analysis to Craig MacTavish accordingly.
Tonight's game was an admirable effort, considering that the Oil were playing with a flight of AHL-class defenceman -- with Daniel Tjarnquist and Ladislav Smid out, Jason Smith and Jan Hejda were the team's top pair (Cory Cross is probably smirking right now in Hamburg).
You want to get mad at Marc-Andre Bergeron and Matt Greene, but the needle has skipped too many times on that old record. That and most of the defence played as well as could be expected, even Mathieu Roy played pretty well in his second-ever NHL game, except for the ghastly turnover that lead to the Canucks game-winning goal, of course. Outshooting the Canucks and keeping their forwards to the perimeter, the Oil looked a lot better than they did last night in Dallas, which counts for something. As Andy Grabia noted on BoA, it's kind of hard on fans to care about this team these days, but it's a long season, and the Oilers are still within striking distance of first place in the Northwest.
A trade for a defenceman would help, of course...