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|Player grades Bruce McCurdy • Edmonton Journal:
#4 Kris Russell, 5. Typical game in that the Oilers got crushed in shot attempts on his watch (+11/-20) but about broke even in shots (+7/-8), with the gap between the two measures being largely closed by K.Rusty himself due to his 5 shot blocks. Took a couple for the team along the way, also typical.
#6 Adam Larsson, 6. In a contentious affair that saw Ottawa outhit Edmonton 35-25, Oilers’ physical leader answered the bell with his usual uncompromising game, landing a game-high 6 hits. Made an important clear of a dangerous rebound. Created some space for Shore’s shorthanded attempt that rang iron. Had a couple of shots of his own and, get this, went 1/1=100% on the faceoff dot. Shades of Tim Horton.
#8 Kyle Turris, 5. Held his own centring an all-righty depth line between Kassian and Chiasson. Fired 4 shots on net, including a dangerous one on the second-unit powerplay. Just 2/9=22% on the dot.
#13 Jesse Puljujarvi, 6. More good than bad on a high-event night. Fired 2 shots on net, a 3rd that rang the goal post, and a 4th that grazed the crossbar. Played a significant role in the extended cycle(s) that eventually led to the game winning goal, winning a couple of robust battles along the wall in the process. Mashed Ryan Dzingel with a heavy hit that drew the ire of Artem Zub, leading to an extended scrum and a subsequent Oilers powerplay. Did get burned on the 1-1 when he failed to seal off his man Thomas Chabot along the boards in the d-zone, and had a couple other anxious moments like that time he dropped his stick and left coverage to retrieve it. Struggled to clear the d zone at times. Got smoked by a Tkachukian Special below the icing line early in the third, but bounced up and kept on battling. Is using his plus size to good advantage these days.
#14 Devin Shore, 7. His line with Khaira and Archibald controlled play at even strength, with various shot shares in the 70% range and 8 hits among them, 2 by Shore. Did his best work on the penalty kill where he had 2 excellent chances to score, being robbed by youngster Marcus Hogberg on one close-in try and ringing a heavy shot off the post on the other. Also made a fine defensive play to thwart an Ottawa chance.
#15 Josh Archibald, 6. Same line, similar results. Had an active night away from the puck with 4 hits, 2 takeaways, and 1 blocked shot, ecah of which at least tied for the team lead among forwards. A little less time on the penalty kill than his linemates because he was in the box for 1 of the 2 Sens’ powerplays, though he did make a terrific play to set up Shore’s first shorthanded chance. Did manage to post +2 on the night as an innocent bystander on Draisaitl’s last 2 goals. No accident, though, that he was on the ice for the empty netter, as Arch has become one of Tippett’s go-to players in that situation.
#16 Jujhar Khaira, 7. Same line, similar results. A commanding presence in the middle of the ice, Khaira dished the puck well all night. Made a gorgeous soft pass off the wall that sprang his mates for 2-on-1 that barely failed when Archibald’s pass to Shore was broken up by a fine defensive play. Seconds later, Khaira rang a heavy wrist shot off the crossbar. Played 13 minutes in all including 2:19 on the penalty kill without any issues at the defensive end.
#19 Mikko Koskinen, 8. Solid all night and came up huge when Oilers needed him most, as he snuffed out a pair of Grade A chances with 30 seconds to play, the second being a superb stop of Tim Stutlze which he somehow smothered with no rebound. Good thing too, with Senators swarming around looking for one. Had no chance on Ottawa’s first goal from the edge of the blue paint, and was unsighted on the second when Connor Brown shelfed a hard wrist shot through an RNH screen. Moved the puck well; he’s no Mike Smith in that aspect but helped his own cause with good decisions and execution. Has now beaten Ottawa 4 times this season, by scores of 4-2, 3-2, 3-2, and 4-2. 30 shots, 28 saves, . 933 save percentage.
#21 Dominik Kahun, 4. A tad late on the backcheck on the 2-2. Almost made up for it a bit later with a fine feed to Yamamoto that nearly worked. Had some OK moments on the cycle but 0 shots on net. Overall his line with RNH and Yamamoto mustered shot shares in the low 30% range.
#22 Tyson Barrie, 6. A couple of those “cheap” second assists that will raise his asking price in the summer but which help the team today. Getting the puck to McDavid or Draisaitl is rarely a bad idea, and he did so repeatedly, especially in the long cycle that resulted in the game winner. He did miss Drai with what should have been an easy outlet pass early in the second that went south in a hurry and resulted in the 1-1. Made an important clear of a puck that bounced high over the blue paint and was crosschecked into the post for his troubles, yet another in what has been a run of nasty collisions.
#25 Darnell Nurse, 6. High-event night with crooked numbers across the Event Summary: 4 shots, 6 shot attempts, 3 hits, 4 giveaways, 1 takeaway, 3 blocks. His soft coverage on Josh Norris was a crucial Oilers mistake on the 1-1, but he also played an important role on the long shift in Ottawa territory that resulted in the game winner. Stepped up and into the face of the nasty and talented Brady Tkachuk when the young Senator gave Draisaitl a rough ride in a secondary scrum, an appropriate and frankly necessary response in which Nurse never crossed the line to be goaded into a penalty.
#29 Leon Draisaitl, 9. Came out loaded for bear in the game’s very first shift when he made an outstanding rush around and through several Senators before feeding McDavid with a sweet pass, the first of many connections between the two. Later sent 97 away with a terrific backhand outlet pass. That combination worked the other way for the first 2 Edmonton goals, both buried by terrific Draisaitl one-timers. The second of these was an extraordinary shot from the goal line that basically had to graze both posts to find twine, which it did with authority. Handled the puck multiple times in the long cycle on the game winner, ultimately connecting with McDavid on a short pass which gave the captain both the puck and room to do something with it. Drew a penalty. Took a pounding for much of the night, including the Tkachuk mugging and one late play defending the one-goal lead where he got the puck safely out of the zone and took a big hit at the red line but willingly paid that price to get the puck deep. Finished his hat trick with an empty netter from centre with one tick on the clock. 7 shots on net, 7 contributions to Grade A chances, and a team-best 7/13=54% on the dot.
#39 Alex Chiasson, 5. Played nearly 15 minutes, 4 of them on the powerplay where Chiasson got one good close-in chance but couldn’t solve Hogberg. Kept a clean sheet defensively at even strength, even as his line with Turris and Kassian didn’t generate a lot.
#44 Zack Kassian, 4. On a night that Ottawa raised the physical stakes and directed some abuse towards Edmonton’s top-end players, there was precious little in the way of response from Kassian beyond 2 routine hits. Failed to muster a shot on net for the 10th time in his last 12 games, and has just 15 in 22 games on the season, barely half of his normal rate. One wonders if that busted hand suffered in his last visit to Ottawa may still be bothering him. On the bright side, had a couple of strong shifts down the stretch including the zone entry on the game winner before wisely changing out for Draisaitl.
#56 Kailer Yamamoto, 5. The littlest Oiler had perhaps the biggest hit of the game when he belted Mike Reilly with a great reverse hit that somehow went uncredited. Was the only player on his line to record a shot on goal, and nearly made it count when he tipped Kahun’s pass on net looking for a late insurance goal. But his line was chasing the game for the most part.
#74 Ethan Bear, 6. The puck was generally moving north on his watch with excellent shot shares in the 70% range. Earned a secondary assist on Draisaitl’s second goal with a good outlet pass, one of many he made on the night. Did have 2 giveaways, including an horrendous pass that was quickly turned into a dangerous chance. Took an unnecessary penalty for interference on a routine dump-in.
#82 Caleb Jones, 5. Got off to a shaky start when he came dangerously close to bobbling the puck into his own net on his very first shift. Settled down thereafter with 11 quiet minutes at even strength and 1 good shift on the PK filling in for his regular partner Bear who was in the sin bin.
#93 Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, 4. Struggled at even strength, where his line posted a flatline 33% by Corsi, Fenwick, or shots on goal. Screened Koskinen on the 2-2. Made a few slick handles and did chip in on special teams, but posted just 2/7=29% on the faceoff dot. His shooting sights have been off lately; none of his 4 shot attempts tested Hogberg, with 1 being blocked and the other 3 missing the target entirely. Also couldn’t corral a rebound with net gaping in front of him.
#97 Connor McDavid, 8. Repeatedly sliced and diced his way through the Ottawa defence, testing Hogberg from close range a few times. 8 shot attempts, 5 of them on goal. Just 3/9=33% on the dot on a night the Oilers as a team went just 18/47=38%, a problem in recent games. Made a pair of superb passes that Draisaitl finished with one-timers, one of them on a McDavid-drawn powerplay. Finally cashed one himself when he cut through an exhausted Ottawa defence at the end of that long cycle and roofed it for his eighth game winner of the season. Had a hand in 10 of Edmonton’s 16 Grade A chances. But docked a full point for a bad giveaway in front of his own cage in the final minute of play, resulting in some very anxious moments for Oil fans but eventually in those two great saves by Koskinen.
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