The Edmonton Oilers would like to put their last appearance way in the past. In an entertaining affair against the Maple Leafs, pitting Auston Mathews against Connor McDavid, the Oilers had an own goal to seal the win for the Leafs. Kris Russell scored the winner for the Leafs, as he sniped a shot past Laurent Brossoit from the top of the circle. Problem being, Kris Russell plays for the Oilers, not the Maple Leafs. Kadri was the closest guy to the puck for the Leafs, as he watched a drunk Russell give his team the lead.
The Leafs would go on to make it a 6-4 final on an empty netter. The empty net was cruel to us last night, as the Blue Jackets buried an empty netter with 20 seconds left against the Ducks. Sergei Bobrovsky was given the night off by John Tortorella, which wasn’t the most favourable decision for us. The Jackets scored twice with under 5 minutes remaining, including on that empty net, to provide a frustrating evening. We head to Alberta, for the Battle of Alberta, between the Oilers and Flames.
Beyond the ugly own goal by the Oilers the other night, they’ve been making way too many mistakes thus far. They’ve gotten off to a cold start, as they go into Calgary sporting a record of 10-14-1. As I’ve said before, it’s early and there is plenty of time for the Oilers to surge back. A nice little push would get them over .500. If they want to do that now, they’re going to have to do it without starting goaltender, Cam Talbot. Brossoit will assume the starting role with Talbot on the IR. He is not a starting NHL goaltender, but will have to find a way to somehow duplicate Talbot. Brossoit was originally drafted by the Flames, so maybe he has revenge on the mind? Head below our free Oilers vs. Flames pick.
Edmonton Oilers vs. Calgary Flames Pick
Brossoit will have to play better in net, and the Edmonton defence must help him out. Talbot will bail the defence out from time to time, but with Brossoit, the margin for error gets a lot smaller. He enters Calgary with a GAA of 3.61 and 0.876 save percentage in seven appearances. If you are new to hockey, those numbers equate to being horrid. In his last three games, Brossoit allowed a dismal 13 goals.
Additionally, in three of his last four appearances, he allowed at least 5 goals. The Oilers have given up an average of 3.60 goals per game in their last ten games. Overall, Edmonton are 28th with 3.31 goals surrendered on average. Along with the injury to Talbot, blue liner Adam Larsson was also added to IR. He ranks 2nd on the team with 22:30 minutes per game. Andrej Sekera continues to work his way back, too.
The philosophy for the Oilers seems to be get the puck to Connor McDavid and hope he makes something happen. Effort on the defensive end has been bad, but they’re at least getting some goals. The Oilers averaged 3.40 goals per game in their last ten games and have been getting better. With their issues in net and defensively, the goal scoring will have to remain up for the Oilers. Conversely, the Flames have been nearly identical with 3.50 per game. We’ll take a chance on a high-scoring contest between the Oilers and Flames tonight.
PICK: OVER 6 (-110)