Playing degrees: Edmonton Oilers vs Winnipeg Jets become one big Sequence of Pain

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This game ended as one big Sequence of Pain for the Edmonton Oilers.


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The Oilers were made in by a number of factors, including a stench from a goal against on Mikko Koskinen early in the game and a rancid nephew from the referees when Derek Ryan was bowled over in the second which directly led to Winnipeg’s second goal. .

But the Oilers also approached their defensive tasks this game with all the discipline and enthusiasm while my teens clearing snow from the previous walk.

They were soon overplayed and could never reach a solid Jets team with just a big enough goalie from Connor Hellebuyck.

The Oil was shaking especially at even strength, Winnipeg with 13 Grade A shots, Edmonton only six. In all, Winnipeg had 16 Grade A shots while Edmonton had 13 (running count).

Connor McDavid, 8. Much to his liking on the attack, where he ended up with two assists. He made ten contributions to Grade A shots, six of them on the power play. Brilliant feeding to set Hyman in the second, but no goal. He and Barrie lost the hockey puck leading to Copp’s short in the second. Bonus mark for hammering the abrasive Neal Pionk in the third, even as 97 took a penalty. He had nine wins and two losses in the point.


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Jesse Puljujarvi, 6. It moved strongly but it could not break through this game. Cracked a nasty crack shot on a net in the first of his own bounce. He was given a 5-alarm timer late in the game.

Zach Hyman, 6. Almost charged on a fold shot of an exciting McD food early in the second, then had another 5-alarm shot on a power play bounce a moment later that almost dripped over the goal line. If he had won on both, we could have had another result.

Leon Draisitl, 6. I would give him a score of nine for his power play, a third for his blurry even strong play, which averages six. He made the low-high pass to set up two dangerous power play shots early in the second. He caught Harkins in the face with his stick and took a four-minute penalty in the second. Winnipeg won on the power play. A moment later Drai was terribly slow back into his belt and was hit on a pass, allowing another Jets Grade A shot. He didn’t score on two daggers at a close open net on the power play in the third, then was rammed head first into the boards by Logan Stanley, a play that somehow wasn’t a five-minute major. On the 5-on-3, Drai took another McD feed and once it home, whipping his scythe off a stick and now a famous Executioner’s Shot. A moment later he scored again from RNH fodder, getting more revenge on Stanley.


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Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, 6. Some good moments on the attack. He almost scored when it was 3-0, but his rebound from Barrie’s outside shot was blocked by Brendan Dillon. He set Drai on a power play struggle for Edmonton’s second goal.

Kailer Yamamoto, 5 . Some clever and moving DC work in the second let him pay a penalty. But much of the attack failed.

Zack Kassian, 3 . He was invisible on the ice, which says something for someone so big.

Warren Foegele, 4. He tore a power play a timer of good Bouchard food in the second. Other than that, little impact on the game.

Derek Ryan, 4. He lost face away and did not block an outside shot early in the first leading to two dangerous Jet shots early in the first. After Scheifele pulled him out with interrupting success, Winnipeg quickly scored his second goal, a miserable call from the officials. He had only one win and five losses in the point.


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Ryan McLeod, 4. He was part of the problem on Connor’s nasty crack shot in the second, which Koskinen managed to stop.

Kyle Turris, 4. He didn’t block an outside shot late in the second, part of the problem on Winnipeg’s fourth goal. He played only 6:09.

Brendan Perlini, 5. He received his first Grade A shot of the year in the first, shooting through a Turris screen. He finished -2, but made no major mistakes on either goal against.

Darnell Nurse, 3. Your worst game of the year? Probably. He lost too many fights. Five major errors on Grade A shoot against even strongly. His late turnover in the first led to a wicked Dubois shot. Blake Wheeler hammered with a strong impact. He was again beaten on a dangerous chance by Dubois in the third.

Tyson Barrie, 7 . Edmonton’s best d-man this game. He made four major contributions to Grade A shots for at even strength and not an error on one against (but one such error on the power play). He made an eye-up pass to Perlini in the slot for.a Grade A shot in the first. A hacked hockey puck forward in the second to trigger a dangerous McD-al-Hyman rush. He received from Grade A a shot of his own from McD food in the second.


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Duncan Keith, 4. He also struggled in defense. He didn’t reach the hockey puck deep, triggering the Pain Sequence on Winnipeg’s first goal, but that was really just on Koskinen. His DC turnover sparked another Sequence of Pain on Winnipeg’s third goal.

Cody Ceci, 4. Not his best game. He lost the hockey puck then allowed a pass for two 5-alarm fold shots from Scheifele in the first. He blocked a wicked Ehlers shot on the DC in the second.

Slater Koekkoek, 4. He let loose his man Connor in the crack for an early 5-alarm bounce shot that was lucky to stay out. He played only 9:37.

Evan Bouchard, 3. Another fuzzy defensive game. He made six serious mistakes on Grade A shots against. He did not cover Dubois on a dangerous first period top shot. He broke two dangerous Jet attacks with a solid position play a moment later. Failed to cover Kyle Connor in the slot on a 5-alarm shot in the second. Late in the second he was caught out on a long stint, made a turnover on a clearance, allowed a tip and the hockey puck was in for the fourth Jets goal.


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Mikko Koskinen, 3. You know it, I know it, Kosk knows it, he completely cracked the bed at Winnipeg’s first goal. How often do teams come back from such a terrible early goal against early? Not often. He then gets some luck, with Connor smashing straight into him a bounce that Kosk didn’t track. Then Dubois clicked one of the crossbar. But Kosk twice stoned Scheifele in a tight, then came huge on another Dubois shot late in the first. He was huge again on Coppp’s short in the second, then on a clean slit shot from dangerous Connor. All that good work was gone when the bad shooter Ehlers hit him high glove with a nasty outside slapper. He later stopped Morrissey’s Grade A. Beat on top shot for the fourth goal. In the end, he conceded four goals on a 14 Grade A shot, not so terrible, but not nearly good enough, especially with that one foul-smelling goal against.

Stuart Skinner, 8. Stopped a partial breakout shot by Kyle Connor for his first save. Stopped a Grade A shot also from Dubois. What don’t you like?

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