Player Ratings: Stuart Skinner Smells It As Edmonton Oilers Lose To New Jersey Devils

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The Edmonton Oilers were running a boring but solid enough road game when calamity struck in the second period.

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Goaltender Stuart Skinner fanned the puck on a punt, the Devils gobbled up the stray and smashed it into the Edmonton net.

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Teams rarely recover from that kind of disheartening mistake. Oil was no exception tonight.

The unlucky plays didn’t end with Skinner’s turnover. A Dylan Holloway shot slanted toward the Oil bench, where he sliced ​​into backup keeper Jack Campbell in the face. Campbell left the bench area.

In the end, NJ won five goals to two, but the game was closer than that. Overall, NJ had eight Grade A shots, the Oilers had 13, NJ had a subset of five 5-alarm shots, the Oilers had nine (see here).

Connor McDavid, 8. The Oilers’ best players by far in both execution and effort. He made a big contribution to 11 Grade-A shots. He flew as quick and accurate as a guided missile on Edmonton’s first goal, sticking around several Devils, then lobbing a pass to Draisaitl through the slot. He won the puck behind the net and then executed 15 rapid-fire crosses to roll into the high slot, before lobbing it into the net for two quick 5-alarm rebounding shots by newcomers Janmark and Kostin. He did something out of nowhere early in the second, coming down the wing for a dangerous slot shot, then did it again a short time later. He also did a great job in defensive space early in the third to avoid a malicious shot.

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Zach Hyman, 5. Rushed the whole game. He charged into the ice late in the first, pulling back until he was wide open in the deep slot, but missed the net. He unfortunately blocked Ryan McLeod’s almost certain goal in the attacking crease in the third.

Mattias Janmark, 6. Much to like in your effort,. He shielded the goalie, then fired a dangerous slot shot late in the first.

Leon Draisaitl, 5. Put the puck hard in the NJ slot where it deflected for Edmonton’s first. He slowly drifted as NJ went on the attack, prompting a strange man run and NJ’s third goal, with Damon Severson’s pass scoring it from the slot. He executed his lethal Executioner’s Shot on the power play twice, but failed to connect. He redeemed himself a bit for his bad line change by helping to set up the RNH goal.

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Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, 5. Key piece of a strong Oil power play in the first, key to tying the game. Arguably slow in control after NJ’s third goal. But a puck came at him early in the third and hit him on target to bring the Oil within a goal. A moment later, Drai made a brilliant pass to send him into a 5-alarm doll. He led the team with seven shots.

Warren Foegele, 4. Buzzed around, but to little effect.

Klim Kostin, 5. He took the first penalty with overly aggressive play, the 16th time in 19 games this year (according to Jack Michaels) that Oil have taken the first penalty. He nearly scored on a Janmark rebound late in the first.

Ryan McLeod, 4. He did little against his brother’s team except for a burst in the third when the puck bounced back to him in the slot and he took two 5-alarm shots, neither going in, the last blocked by Hyman.

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Jesse Puljujarvi, 6. He won a battle in front of the NJ net on Edmonton’s first goal. He was beaten at the oil blue line on NJ’s third goal. He did an excellent job on RNH’s goal, winning the puck off the backboards and then driving hard into the net to cover the keeper.

Derek Ryan, 3. They turned it around and beat him on the pass for NJ’s first goal, a key moment of the game.

Dylan Holloway, 4. It has little ice time.

Nurse Darnell, 3. It’s not his best game. He gave up too much space for my liking on NJ’s first goal. He turned the puck over on the offensive blue line on NJ’s fourth goal. He did lead Oil with four blocks.

Cody Ceci, 5. He fought hard, as always. He was one of the culprits behind NJ’s third goal, allowing the slot shot. He put the puck into the net in the third, low and hard, with RNH hitting the rebound.

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Evan Bouchard, 4. Quiet game. There isn’t much good or bad. But not much good.

Brett Kulak, 4. The same as with Bouchard.

Tyson Barrie, 3. He and Murray lost an early battle in the corner, allowing a high-low pass and a Grade-A shot in the first inning. He gave up too much space on NJ’s fourth goal, allowed an outside shot, and then couldn’t follow shooter Tomas Tatar to the net. He made an ugly turnover on NJ’s fifth goal.

Ryan Murray, 3. Couldn’t be impressed.

Markus Niemelainen, 6. He landed hard shots on Dawson Mercer and Nathan Bastian. Otherwise, he made little impact. But I liked those hits. That’s why he’s in the NHL. He played just 7:42.

Stuart Skinner, 1. Things have been going very well for Skinner this year, but they certainly went awry here. He had little chance on the first goal against, but he made a devastating mistake on the second, missing a punt and gifting both the puck and the go-ahead goal to the Devils. Next, he stumbled on NJ’s third goal, a Grade-A slot shot. He missed the puck behind the net on an NJ forecheck late in the second, but the Devils couldn’t score on this particular error. On NJ’s fourth goal, he let out a big rebound. It’s not his night. Not even close. Happens.

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