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Things started out rocky for fans and the Oilers on the road; we couldn’t find the stream, and while we were all going nuts on Twitter and blowing up Tom Gazzola’s mentions the Oilers gave up the first goal of the night just 1:01 into the game. In case you don’t follow Tom on Instagram he had a story where it was people being jerks to him about the feeds not working tweeting @ him… I’m pretty sure Tom is not an IT guy.
As I stated earlier today a lot of AHL and fringe guys were playing in the game down in Calgary, it made this game all the more enjoyable against the Flames NHL looking roster. Plus I wanted to see how Caggiula would handle himself alongside Lucic and Drai – spoiler he was great! Oh, did I forget to mention? Luke Gazdic was in the lineup for the Flames as well.
The rest of the first
Once we were all settled in our streams, the Oilers responded as Adam Larsson sent a slapper past Drake Caggiula who was screening with the Flames new starter Mike Smith. The puck found the back of the net and Caggiula was credited with the goal. The Oilers then put up another goal when Yohann Auvitu, who I’m a big fan of, made a nice pickup in the middle of the ice and sent another slapper past Smith. Auvitu then took a silly high-sticking penalty.
Drai drops it like it’s hot in the second
Jujhar Khaira showed us in second that he wants to stay in Edmonton as he sniped one, Yamamoto picked up his first preseason point with an apple on the goal. Draisaitl introduced Mark Giordano to his size as he laid a hit on the Flames captain that turned into some rough stuff and they were both sent to the box. Caggiula made it be known that he wants to be that top six/ powerplay forward we’ve been talking about so much as he put in one on the PP. The Flames then cut the lead in half as Dougie Hamilton got one past Nick Ellis. The Oilers headed into the second intermission up 4-2.
The Flames try to rally
Kailer Yamamoto looked good in this game and looked even better when he found the top corner picking up his second point of the game, just a fight shy of the Gordie Howe hat trick – keep dreaming that one wouldn’t happen. Before this goal Leon rallied to keep the puck in the Flames end when it seemed as though all five Flames were chasing after him deep into the corner. The Flames gave the Oilers a bit of a scare as they picked up a couple special teams goals, one on the power play and one on the penalty kill, but the Oilers took home the game 5-4.
In net Brossoit and Ellis played almost the same amount of time give or take a few minutes. While Ellis did have to play a bit more time down a man, I felt that Brossoit looked like the better masked man tonight. On the other side of the ice I’d be worried if I was a Flames fan, your new number one let in a couple soft looking shots from up high.
I was disappointed that Ty Rattie didn’t have a better game, they gave him a few minutes on the powerplay, but he finished the night -1. PTO Chris Kelly was 40% in the dot, they had him play just over 5 minutes on the penalty kill. While Auvitu looked good in the first firing one in he ended up -1 on the night with a couple blocked shots.
There are sure to be cuts made in the next day or so, but I can promise you that Kailer Yamamoto will get at least another game, the kid can handle himself. What are your thoughts on the game? Who do you think will be the sent down after this one? Let me know your thoughts by shooting me a tweet @nooorzy.