Edmonton Oilers vs Carolina Hurricanes by 20Legend
Edmonton Oilers has enjoyed a great start to their season before a Buffalo Sabres with important injuries brought them down hard. The Sabres got Kyle Okposo back after he was injured in their first game against Montreal Canadiens. The Sabres struggled a lot in their first game in terms of their offensive missing with Jack Eichel and Evander Kane missing. Their goaltender Robin Lehner did also struggle with 20 saves in 24 shots. However, Kyle Okposo’s return against the Oilers made all the difference in both cases that night. He immediately presented him with a goal and an assist to lead the Sabres up 0-2 seven minutes into the first period. However, things looked spooky when the Oilers managed to tie the game to 2-2 inside the last three minutes of the period.
However, the second period made the Oiler’s goalkeepers go dizzy in two different meanings. Firstly, Buffalo made another two goals inside the first nine minutes which lead to Oiler’s goaltender Cam Talbot being replaced by Jonas Gustavsson. It was clearly not Talbot’s day, but he had to come back again once Gustavson got a concussion right before the period came to an end. The Oilers made 10 shots in the first and 11 shots in the second period, but did not managed to be accurate enough to take the initiative. Sabres produced two goals from six shots in the second period which obviously gave them faith to win. The third period settled the game just 37 seconds when the Sabres extended their lead into 2-5. As a result of frustration, the Oilers made a lot of errors that resulted in 2-minute suspensions. That presented the Sabres with several opportunities to score more goals, but they managed to get one with Matt Moulson settle the game with 2-6.
It was a horrible day for Edmonton Oilers and it was tough when Connor McDavid did not have his best day at work either. Cam Talbot has been “saved” by McDavid’s strong start to the season. Talbot’s seven concedings in the first two games have been overruled the red hot offensive performances lead by McDavid, but Talbot is in the spotlight now with the offensive struggles agaisnt the Sabres. He conceded another six goals in 23 shots which is horrible as his statistics that fell to a 4.60 GAA and a .869 SV% this season. With Gustavsson missing, the Oilers have recalled Laurent Brossoit from the Bakersfiled Condors in the AHL. However, it will not be a giant addition to their struggling numbers with Brossoit’s 3.61 and .873 SV% in his five games for the Oilers last season. He will be Talbot’s reserve in this match. Right winger Iiro Pakarinen and defenseman Brandon Davidson are on the injured-reserve list, while center/left winger Damien Caggiula is considered day-to-day.
Carlonina Hurricanes would be frustrated over their second match of the season against Vancouver Canucks (4-3 after OT) last night. The Hurricanes has a young squad with plenty of offensive willingness to go forward and got to show it first one and a half period last night. Rask and Terevainen made two goals within the last three minutes of the first period to put them ahead. The Canucks lead the shots on goal with 10:7, but that changed in the second period were the Hurricanes was up 8:10. However, it resulted in one goal to each team with Hurricanes being 0-3 up, before the Canucks got their hopes up 12 minutes into the middle period. However, the visitors dropped it completely in the last period with only five shots on goal compared to Canuck’s 12 shots. It resulted in the host scoring twice and takes the initiative with them into overtime. The Hurricanes was suddenly falling apart and the Canucks only needed 32 seconds to score the winner and make the transformation complete from 0-3 to 4-3.
The Oilers offensive line stopped up a bit against the Sabres, but it will certainly motivate them to get back against Hurricanes tonight. Cam Talbot has conceded 13 goals in three games which is a problem for this team. Meanwhile the Hurricanes will also be keen on making a more consistent match compared to their last one that started so well. On the other side, the Hurricanes have also conceded nine goals in two games with two overtime losses to their name. Even with the goaltenders not being confirmed yet, I think it is fair to say that goals will be the answer in this match. The Oilers has a lot to work to do one the goaltending while the Hurricanes’ squad also showed that they will be unpredictable this season, given their first two matches involving 16 goals with nine of them going the wrong way. Over 5.5 goals here is probably one of the best picks in tonight’s round of the NHL in my opinion.