Even the LA Kings open their Year in Edmonton from the Oilers at Rogers Place.
The Oilers have a game under their belt after dispatching the Vancouver Canucks by a score of 3-2. Zack Kassain all, Connor McDavid, and leon Draisaitl found the back of the net.
Their offence is going to be propelled by the play Draisaitl and also McDavid. Finding offence should not be an issue with those two guys on exactly the same team and they did not emphasise on opening night against the Canucks. The Oilers transformed if they had their opportunities, although the Canucks did not play a bad match.
In addition, it is very important to point out the play of Mike Smith in web. Smith stopped 31 of them and faced 33 shots. He finished the day with a 2.00 GAA and 0.939 save percentage to start the year. Its his first season after spending two decades in Calgary.
The Flames dont have a crystal clear No. 1 between the plumbing right now. Theyre likely to experiment with Mikko and Smith Koskinen early on. In other words, the Oilers are going to ride whoever has the hotter hand. Smith handed his first test.
The Oilers have not announced a beginner for Saturday night, however following the showing Smith had, it would be hard for head coach Dave Tippett to go with Koskinen. The Oilers are going to ride anyone is sexy in a goaltender , like I mentioned. Todd McLellan will probably be training at Edmonton for the first time since being fired in this one.
He had been relieved of his duties after having a 9-10-1 start to last season. The locker room culture in Edmonton has been a cause for concern for more than a decade. There has never been a sense of collectiveness with the Oilers, although the talent has been there. Tippett hopes to change that narrative in 2019-20. So far so good, as the Oilers will look for a 2-0-0 start . Head below for our complimentary Kings vs. Oilers select.
The Oilers reached the playoffs 2017 and havent been back since dropping to the Ducks at a Game 7. They have offensively, there isnt any reason why the Oilers shouldnt be a threat to visit the playoffs. The office fired McLellan and and I agreed.
Too bad because McDavids ability and Draisaitl went to squander. 35-38-9, which was good for 7th was ended by the Oilers. You wouldnt understand it by studying exactly what Draisaitl did, though. Since he broke out in a large way he potted 50 goals using a total of 105 points.
Draisaitl was included to start the year. He had 2 helpers to get a fast 3 points and scored. The Oilers are going to be down Adam Larrson, therefore some kids are going to be counted on to pick up the slack. They would be in trouble when Darnell Nurse were to get hurt, but I do not wan to jinx them, so well leave it that. Luckily for the Oilers tonight, they do not need to manage a fantastic offence or a elite. The Kings are going to find it incredibly hard to find objects.
Accidents and an older heart plagued them . Naturally, things didnt work out and they finished 8th in the Pacific with a listing of 31-42-9. The Kings registered only 2.43 goals per game to finish 29th in the league offensively. Anaheim would be the only group worse.
So expect the same they didnt create waves who have any marquee offensive signings. The shortage of offence for those Kings must wash the below average line out . Search to energize the fan base with a 2-0-0 start to open the campaign that is 2019-20 .