Edmonton Oilers will need to jump on hiring Joel Quenneville fast, says NHL commentator

Edmonton Oilers will need to jump on hiring Joel Quenneville fast, says NHL commentator
Edmonton Oilers Game Day: At Florida Panthers
The Oilers needed an extra save or two in a 5-2 loss at the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday and 4-2 defeat to the Washington Capitals two nights earlier. The Oilers will only go as far as their goaltending takes them this season and they can’t afford for Cam Talbot or Mikko Koskinen to be average. Koskinen gave up five goals on 35 shots and Talbot, who will start against Florida, conceded four goals on 23 shots in Washington. Goaltending needs to be better for Oilers to win.

Ryan Strome scored his first goal of the season in Tampa Bay on Tuesday, which was also his first point of the year. The Oilers forward will forever be compared to Jordan Eberle having been traded for each other two years ago, whether or not the comparison is fair. Strome does have offensive ability, and hopefully for the Oilers, the monkey lifted off his back Thursday will allow him to contribute on a more regular basis.

The Florida Panthers are shooting for consecutive wins following a 4-2 decision at Winnipeg on Friday. The Jets received first period goals from Nikolaj Ehlers and Patrik Laine with Blake Wheeler assisting on both. Connor Hellebuyck absorbed the loss for Winnipeg with four goals given up on 26 shots. The Panthers were balanced at the offensive end of the ice with Evgenii Dadonov, Mike Hoffman, Keith Yandle and Frank Vatrano each supplying markers. Jonathan Huberdeau posted two helpers and Roberto Luongo recorded 32 saves to pick up the win for Florida.

Lucic fined for actions in Oilers game against Lightning

Milan Lucic had a phone hearing for roughing up Lightning forward Mathieu Joseph, who had plastered Oilers defenceman Kris Russell with a dangerous hit earlier in the game. Lucic was fined the maximum allowable $10,000 his indiscretion on Joseph, but the message was clear, he was not going to allow liberties to be taken on his teammates.

Over is 4-0 in Oilers last 4 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game and under is 4-0 in Oilers last 4 Thursday games and over is 8-1 in Oilers last 9 in the third game of a 3-in-4 days situation. Under is 2-0-2 in Panthers last 4 vs. Western Conference and under is 2-0-2 in Panthers last 4 overall and Panthers are 0-4 in their last 4 home games. Oilers are 9-0 in the last 9 meetings in Florida and over is 4-0-1 in the last 5 meetings and road team is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings. 

The Oilers fell behind 2-0 in both Washington and Tampa Bay on their way to losses. The Oilers are a much better team when playing with the lead and need to stop chasing games, particularly on the road. It’s encouraging they were able to battle back and chip away at the deficit, but they don’t have enough firepower to overcome two-goal leads against elite teams in the league.

In the last two days, the Edmonton Oilers suffered two ugly losses on the road. A lot of experts expected that to happen not only because of the back-to-back game scenario. It was also the opponents that the Oilers faced in those games. After beating the Red Wings on Saturday night, everyone knew that facing off against the Stanley Cup Champions and the best team in the NHL in two straight games was extremely difficult.

With a win the Oilers would be 2-2-0 on the road trip, which they’ll take considering the amount of travel and quality of opponents on the four-game swing through the Eastern Conference. The Oilers have won the last nine games in South Florida against the Panthers and a win would have them three games over .500 overall, through a difficult portion of the schedule.

McDavid was held off the scoresheet for only the second time this season in the loss to Tampa Bay. The Oilers captain should have had at least a point as Ty Rattie was unable to bury a shot into an open net, clacking it off the head of Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy instead. Dadonov, meanwhile, in his second stint with the Panthers after heading back to the KHL for five season, leads Florida in scoring this season with six goals and 13 points in 11 games.

Islanders are 4-0 in their last 4 Thursday games and Islanders are 5-1 in their last 6 vs. Eastern Conference and Islanders are 5-1 in their last 6 overall. Under is 3-0-1 in Lightning last 4 Thursday games and under is 8-1-2 in Lightning last 11 vs. a team with a winning record and Lightning are 18-5 in their last 23 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 situation. Islanders are 1-9 in the last 10 meetings and Islanders are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Tampa Bay and over is 5-2-2 in the last 9 meetings in Tampa Bay. 

Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) knocks the puck away from Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid (97) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. Jason Behnken / AP

The Tampa Bay Lightning sit atop the Atlantic standings after a 5-2 victory against Edmonton Tuesday gave the team a three game winning streak. Ryan Strome and Leon Draisaitl scored for Edmonton and Mikko Koskinen gave up all five goals on 36 shots to get the loss. Nikita Kucherov paced the Tampa Bay offense with a pair of goals with Steven Stamkos, Yanni Gourde and Brayden Point all lighting the lamp. Stamkos gave the Lightning a pair of assists and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 34 shots to pick up the win.

Lucic to have phone hearing for blindside hit on Joseph

NEW YORK — Edmonton Oilers forward Milan Lucic has been fined $10,000, the maximum allowable under the collective bargaining agreement, for roughing Tampa Bay Lightning forward Mathieu Joseph during NHL Game No. 220 in Tampa on Tuesday, Nov. 6, the National Hockey League Department of Player Safety announced today.

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The incident occurred at 9:28 of the third period. Lucic was assessed minor penalties for interference and roughing as well as a misconduct.

Lucic, who has one goal and four points in 15 games this season, was last suspended while playing for the Los Angeles Kings in January 2016, when he got a one-game ban for a punch to the head of Arizona Coyotes defenceman Kevin Connauton. He has been suspended three times in his career, each for one game.