Edmonton Oilers vs St. Louis Blues by 20Legend
The Oilers and goaltender Cam Ward came back strongly with a win against Carolina Hurricanes (3-2) after the horrible performance against Buffalo Sabres (2-6). It was important to the team who has had a great start to the season taken their offensive performances into consideration. However, it was the second game in a row without a point form their captain Connor McDavid which cannot continue if more wins should come. The Oilers managed to score two goals inside the first ten minutes of the first period which gave them hope.
In the other end, Cam Talbot was solid as he saved all 13 shots from the visitors. The second period continued in exactly the same way with the Oilers extending the lead early while Talbot turned away the seven shots that faced him. But the third period showed the home team’s defensive problem that nearly cost them points. Hurricane’s Lee Stemniak managed to score twice inside 56 seconds early in the third period which gave the game some unnecessary excitement for the home fans.
Hurricanes continued pushing for a third goal, but Talbot was able to save the day and made a total 31 saves in 33 shots. Left winger Matt Hendricks (undisclosed), right winger Iiro Pakarinen (knee), center Drake Caggiula (hip), defenseman Mark Fayne (undisclosed), defenseman Brandon Davidson (undisclosed) and goaltender Jonas Gustavsson (concussion) are missing tonight.
St. Louis Blues experienced their first loss this season as they headed to Vancouver Canucks (2-1 after OT) last time out. It turned out to be a close game with great defensive straightness from both teams. However, it was the Blues that started best by taking the lead midway through the second period. It was not a very active third period, but the Canucks was able to level the score just three minutes before fulltime. That lead to overtime and Henrik Sedin used 1:40 to score the final goal for the home team.
It therefore ended with just a point for the Blues, but they are still leading the Western Conference one point ahead of Vancouver Canucks, Edmonton Oilers and San Jose Sharks. Left winger Jaden Schwartz (elbow) is reported to be back tonight which provide the tea with another offensive asset. Center Kyle Brodziak (undisclosed), defenseman Carl Gunnarsson (undisclosed) and center Jori Lehtera (undisclosed) are all injured.
The Oilers comeback after the humiliation against the Sabres must have given the team back some of their lost confidence. That should be inspiring and important before tonight’s game that is certainly their toughest opponent so far. The Blues has looked strong and clearly has a team that is a Stanley Cup contender this season. With Schwartz expecting to fill the line with Tarasenko and Steen tonight, it should be goals expected.
I think that the Oilers defensive struggles will give them big problems here, but I also expect McDavid to step up and lead his team by creating points. With all this offensive firepower combined with the hosts struggling defensive play, I consider this as a possible game to go above 5.5 goals.