The Edmonton Oilers out goaltender-ed in a 5-3 loss to Philadelphia: Cult of Hockey Player Grades

The Edmonton Oilers out goaltender-ed in a 5-3 loss to Philadelphia: Cult of Hockey Player Grades

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Kurt Leavins

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Oct 28, 2021  •  3 days ago  •  6 minute read  •  9 Comments

Edmonton Oilers' goaltender Mikko Koskinen (19) stops Philadelphia Flyers' Oscar Lindblom (23) during second period NHL action at Rogers Place in Edmonton, on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021. Photo by Ian Kucerak
Edmonton Oilers’ goaltender Mikko Koskinen (19) stops Philadelphia Flyers’ Oscar Lindblom (23) during second period NHL action at Rogers Place in Edmonton, on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021. Photo by Ian Kucerak Photo by Ian Kucerak /Postmedia

The Edmonton Oilers perfect season is no more.


They lost a mostly entertaining 5-3 game (empty netter) against a very competitive Flyers club. And while I won’t pile all of the blame on the tall shoulders of the Edmonton goaltender, it’s fair to say Philadelphia’s keeper was the best one on the ice tonight. In fact, the Oilers dominated the shot clock in the 2nd frame to a tune of 12-6 but Carter Hart held his club in it.

Possession was also key. The Flyers won 58% of the draws on the night, including a series of them late, deep in their own zone. Only McDavid had much luck at all in the circle.

Here’s the tale of the tape…

Edmonton Oilers Player Grades

MIKKO KOSKINEN . 4. The difference tonight was goaltending and it was a battle the Oilers lost. There were at least 2 goals on Koskinen that can’t go in. One was the give-away behind his own net for the 2-0. The other, a shot that squeezed through his pads from the top of the circle for the 4-3. I wasn’t wild about the 1-0 either, where Koskinen sold out on one post, giving himself no chance at all to come across to stop Giroux at the other. And while the 3-2 in the final second of the 2 nd Period was one-part back luck, at some point you also need a save. Koskinen did make a few good ones, on Giroux in the 1 st and on Laughton in the 3 rd . But it wasn’t near good enough.

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CONNOR McDAVID . 8. I liked his game a lot. McDavid had 8 shots on goal, including his 7 th goal of the year off a deflection. Earned the secondary assist on the Hyman marker but also had great positioning on the sequence. Was involved in a wild 46 chances for, as he skated with drive and handled the puck deftly. 71% on his draws, by far and away the best on the club. Was not the problem for the home team, not by a long shot.

ZACH HYMAN . 7. Zach Hyman scored his 6 th goal of the season on a one-timer from the slot, on a clever little Pass from Jesse Puljujarvi. Registered 3 shots on net in all and when you dig deeper, his contributions to chances for outweighed those against by a wide gap of 2-to-1. Solid, solid performer.

JESSE PULJUJARVI . 7. Puljujarvi was very good on the evening. Was net front on the 2-2. And his tidy pass across to Hyman helped create the 3-3. Had 3 shots and came oh-so-close on a couple other opportunities in the 1 st Period where he missed by mere inches. Deserved a call right in front in the 3 rd , after he was pile-driven to the ice and bloodied in the process…but alas, one was not forthcoming.

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DARNELL NURSE . 6. Could not control the bouncing puck on the 3-2 goal that came at the very end of the 1 st . The resulting shot found twine behind Koskinen. In Nurse’s defence, that’s one hot potato and it took great eye-hand co-ordination for the flyers player to drill it home. Nurse had 4 shots and a “3 rd assist with a good play at the point on the 3-3 goal. But he also had 4 give-away’s in 23: 09, which is a lighter workload for him relatively speaking. Good, but not great.

EVAN BOUCHARD . 7. Evan Bouchard’s 40-foot stretch pass to spring Ryan Nugent-Hopkins on a breakaway was a thing of beauty. And my game chart is filled with other examples of good, heady plays with and without the puck. 4 shots (3 of which came in the 3 rd Period alone) and 3 take-away’s. Set up Turris for a great look late, too. Did get beat wide by Farabee on a good Flyers chance but his goalie helped him out that time. Otherwise looked right at home on the top pairing in 23: 22 of work.

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LEON DRAISAITL . 6. Earned the primary assist on the Barrie goal. And played a very effective 2-way game, with 2 especially notable back-checks that split up dangerous Flyers sorties. But also couldn’t win a key draw in the Flyers zone late, despite 4 cracks at it. Draisaitl played a whale of a game in a lot of ways. But that sequence in the circle wasn’t Leon at his best, even if he was up against veteran pivots on their strong sides. Still, led the club with an eye-popping 26: 57 of TOI.

RYAN NUGENT-HOPKINS . 7. He is off to a very good start indeed. Secondary assist on the 2-1 and the 2-2. Has 9 helpers on the season, now. Narrowly missed the net on a breakaway after a thrilling pass by Evan Bouchard. Played 24: 44 including lots of both special teams.

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KAILER YAMAMOTO . 4. Had one glorious chance right in the slot on a pass by McDavid but couldn’t cash. Sawed-off on chances for/against in an otherwise quiet effort despite playing with 2 line mates who had good games. Hmmm.

DUNCAN KEITH . 6. A solid performance from Keith, who drew even on 5v5 CF (14-14, 50%). Had a shot, a block and a couple take-aways in 17: 25 of TOI, including 1: 24 short-handed. A big recovery and clear in his own zone late, and under pressure. Did have a couple giveaways and a few HDSC against but finished a 5-3 game Even.

CODY CECI . 5. A second late to man across the crease on the 1-0. Ceci had 2 shots, 2 hits and a block (a notable one, in the 1 st Period) in 16: 31. Ended up on the weaker end of chances for/against, particularly 5v5. Solid enough, but there were 6 HDSC while he was on the ice at Evens.

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DEREK RYAN . 3. No shots, no hits, -2 for Ryan. Just 22% on draws. His least impressive game of the year.

WARREN FOEGELE . 4. The -2 he was tagged with was not entirely indicative of Foegele’s game. He had some effective moments on the cycle and registered 4 hits in a physical effort.

ZACH KASSIAN . 4. Like his linemate Foegele, I thought Zack Kassian had some effective moments and registered 3 hits. But over-all, the line was not as effective as it had been the previous 5 games.

SLATER KOEKKOEK . 6. Perhaps a touch slow to the front of the net on the 2-0 on the Koskinen giveaway but in fairness to Koekkoek, it was a bang-bang play created by the goaltender’s turnover. 4 hits and a takeaway on a 3 rd pairing with Barrie that had a pretty solid night.

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TYSON BARRIE . 7. His best game of the year by a country mile. It started with a highlight reel goal where he beat two Flyers and then showed tremendous patience to evade a stick and then back-hand the puck home. A spectacular finish! Then, his dish to McDavid resulted in the 2-2. 4 shots in 20: 35. Led all Oilers D-men in All Events CF (31-13, 70%).  Did have a 1 st Period pinch turn into a 2-on-1 the other way. If they get this from him nightly the Oilers would be thrilled.

DEVIN SHORE . 3. Caught in no-man’s land on the 1-0, but it was not his man who scored. Didn’t win a draw, but also lost a few opportunities as McDavid double-shifted on the 4 th line. Played just 4: 48. As per my Cult of Hockey colleague Bruce McCurdy, the club was out-chanced 1-9 with Shore on the ice at evens. I wonder of he’s not quite 100% yet?

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BRENDAN PERLINI . 3. Always be very cautious of terrific training camp by unlikely suspects. Did get one shot on net from a ways out. But that was the only time I noticed him. All night.

KYLE TURRIS . 5. I thought Turris was o.k. A 1 st Period shot. Had an excellent look in the 3 rd but couldn’t cash. Perhaps a bit high on the 1-0 goal, although it was not his man who scored. Had 2 hits and a shot block.

The Oilers are now 5-and-1. They take on Vancouver Saturday.

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