The Edmonton/Florida game seemed like one that you would bet the over on. At least one team filled their end of the bargain. The Panthers feasted on a vulnerable Oilers team to the tune of 6-0, with Sergei Bobrovsky earning a 40-save shutout. Given that shot total, the score probably could have looked a little more respectable for the Oilers. That being said, this effort will accomplish absolutely nothing to quiet the calls for change in Edmonton – particularly in net.
Mikko Koskinen is the de facto Oilers' starting goalie at the moment. He has not posted either a win or a quality start since December 1. Even with holiday and COVID breaks, that was seven games ago. I'm sure if they could find a way to bring nearly 40-year-old Mike Smith back with duct tape and glue, they would. Or maybe find the next Dwayne Roloson, as they did in 2006 when they made an unexpected trip to the Stanley Cup Final.
Since it was Leon Draisaitl's first game following the infamous "pissy" interview, I thought Draisaitl would be fired up. Combining that with the fact that I like to have a little fun, I picked him to score a goal in the Tim's Hockey Challenge. No luck there. No worries if Draisaitl is on your team, as he entered this game with nine points in his last eight games.
Even Connor McDavid is not immune to the Oilers' struggles. McDavid has been held without a point in his last three games. He has not scored a point since… wait for it… New Year's Day.
Back to Bob. Not surprisingly, he has been a wins machine lately, posting victories in eight of his last nine games. He's being helped by the Panthers playing as dominantly as they are, but his numbers (20-3-3, 2.38 GAA, .925 SV%, 57.1 QS%, 11.83 GSAA) are easily his best of his three seasons in Florida.
No All-Star Game for Aleksander Barkov, no problem. He finished the game with two goals and an assist. Over his last ten games, the Panthers' captain has seven goals and seven assists.
In his second NHL game, Jack Quinn scored his first NHL goal, also finishing the game with an assist and three shots. Quinn was the eighth overall pick in the 2020 draft