Darnell Nurse comes to Edmonton Oilers aid

#2 Andrej Sekera, 5. On a night that Todd McLellan and Jim Johnson basically rolled the defence pairs (all between 17:33 and 20:04 at even strength against roughly equivalent competition), the Sekera-Russell pairing got caved by flow-of-play metrics. Of the two, Sekera had the quieter, more efficient performance and is looking more like himself by the game.

Edmonton was slightly the better team on the night, outshooting the Desert Dogs 27-22, and outchancing them 17-12 including 7-6 in Grade A chances despite 3 early ones against (log and summary).

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#77 Oscar Klefbom, 8. Was the last man standing on the second Coyotes goal and was unable to cut out the pass down low, a persistent problem with Edmonton defenders this year. But bounced back strongly from that and delievered a fine two-way performance. Drew the penalty that helped turn the flow in the first period, even as the unit didn’t connect. Made a couple of curious decisions, notably one to pass the puck across (and right through) the slot when he had the puck on his forehand and half the net to shoot at. Minuters later, however, he made a beautiful pass from the same general area that found Maroon’s tape for the tap-in, this after Oscar did a terrific job activating in the zone to give McDavid that one extra option. Took a bad step and a nasty spill into the boards which left the Swede in obvious pain on the bench, but he never missed a shift. Played 21:30 to lead all Oilers’ defenders, and how often have we said that this season? 

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