1/5 #Oilers hockey over this year. Enjoyed season, too bad ended early. Thoughts:
We lost cause we got out goalied and out coached. Smith was very solid but a level below Hellebuyck in every game. Not blaming him as he was great but #Oilersnation #nhl #OilersJets #EdmontonOilers
needed a difference maker. Hellebuyck is a Vezina winner and showed it. Needed that big save though to get us a win.
We couldn’t up our game in other ways to compensate for the fact that they had awesome tending.
Different penalty standards in playoffs hurts Oilers too.
Odd coaching moves:
- Would have liked to see 13 with 97 and 29 in OT as 13 played with 97 all year. Not sure what the thought process was there.
- Benching 74 all OT after he was on first d pair the day before.
- 9 forwards and 4 d for all OT is not a winning formula.
Guys he sat were #2 center (71), Top PK player (16) and top PP1 player (39). I’m sure 71 and 16 could have had a couple shifts there.
Good that he got 44 to start playing better.
Overall our coaching moves didn’t work where Jets moves seemed to all be correct.
Will miss the rollercoaster of emotions during the playoff games.
Looking forward to 2021-2022 as #Oilers will be back in Pacific and high chance of another playoff appearance.

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