Last place LA Kings hand Edmonton Oilers a dose of humility

Last place LA Kings hand Edmonton Oilers a dose of humility
Brown nets hat trick, Kings earn much-needed win over Oilers
If the reports are accurate, it appears newly acquired defensemen Chris Wideman will make his debut for the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday night when the Oil take on the Los Angeles Kings. Picked up from the Ottawa Senators for a conditional 6th-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft, Edmonton wanted to add puck-moving ability and speed to their defensive core. It sounds like new coach Ken Hitchcock wants to see that potential offensive prowess in action.

The #Oilers have acquired defenceman Chris Wideman from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for a 2020 conditional 6th round draft pick. pic.twitter.com/Yyk8DPLJpP

Wideman played only 19 games in Ottawa before being moved this past Thursday. A young player who was in and out of the lineup, hes also had his early season mired in a bit of controversy. For those that havent seen it, he was one of the many Senators players featured in a viral Uber video knocking his former assistant coach. Theres been no word on if that video had anything to do with the trade, but it appears Widemans time in Ottawa had just sort of run its course.

Considered a virtually risk-free trade by Edmonton, what is Edmonton getting in Wideman? How will he contribute tonight and where will he slot against the Kings?eval(ez_write_tag([[580,400],thehockeywriters_com-medrectangle-3,ezslot_1]));

Not long ago, Peter Chiarelli said the Oilers didnt have any defensemen with a knack for being strong puck movers. That comment stirred up some interesting debate considering the Oilers traded Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle in what was supposed to be an effort to help build a better blueline. Regardless, this is where the Oilers are. A couple superstars, below-average defense and few blueliners to get the puck up to highly-skilled forwards. Wideman should help.

eval(ez_write_tag([[300,250],thehockeywriters_com-medrectangle-4,ezslot_0]));As  Shane Sander, a former contributor and good friend of this site wrote:

Dont mind this move, dont think most others will either. Helps out depth for a minuscule cost in the long run. If it doesnt work out hes a UFA at the end of the year. Oilers & Chiarelli trying different things to shore up the we dont have any exceptional puck movers thing.

Its likely also not a coincidence that merely days after Hitchcock took the reigns in Edmonton, the Oilers acquired Wideman, who averaged 13;32 minutes and was 2-3-5 on the box scores with a plus-minus – 9 rating. That would have ranked him sixth on the Oilers in points by a blueliner, but tied for the lead in goals. Key here might be his over 47 minutes in power play time where Edmonton will certainly give him a look. Not coincidentally, Hitchcock made one phone call and got Jesse Puljuarvi brought back up to the big club, so we know his opinion carries weight in the organization.

Beyond his puck-moving abilities, Wideman can skate well and is an above-average passer with possession numbers of the positive side of the ledger. Hes small, and while his game is vastly different, bigger than Kris Russell and size isnt something we talk about when we talk about Russells game.

The knock on Wideman is his consistency. This is not necessarily that game in and game out hes not trying, but that overall, he simply lost his job in Ottawa to younger players. Sens coach Guy Boucher reduced his games and his ice time and thats likely why Ottawa was happy enough to move him on for such an insignificant return.

Wideman might not also be a replacement for what the Oilers already have. Yes, hell get some opportunity on the power play where no one defensemen (outside of maybe Oscar Kelfbom) has cemented himself, but its hard to know if the Oilers view Wideman as a better option than a player like Matt Benning.

eval(ez_write_tag([[300,250],thehockeywriters_com-box-4,ezslot_4]));Could this be a sign that Andrej Sekera is still a long ways away from being ready? Is this an indication that Hitchcock has determined that what he needs he cant get out of the current crop of blueliners on the roster? Are the Oilers not happy with Jason Garrison and Kevin Gravel? Its difficult to know if Wideman can live up to filling any of those shoes but hes going to get an opportunity to try.

“I cannot express how welcoming everyone has been. Its been unbelievable, making me feel very comfortable.” @Chris_Wideman following his first #Oilers practice today in Los Angeles pic.twitter.com/Bzmceqrzle

What we do know is that Wideman is happy to get a fresh start in Edmonton and the Oilers are happy to have him. Connor McDavid was the first one to reach out to him and perhaps the best player in the world is hoping to get a little help on the power play this season.

And the end of the day, if this Wideman experiment doesnt work, the Oilers can move on. That said, for all of Peter Chiarellis faults, the one thing this GM seems to be good at is making smaller trades that improve the team. Oilers fans can only hope Wideman falls into that category.

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LOS ANGELES — Dustin Brown recorded a hat trick and the Los Angeles Kings defeated the Edmonton Oilers 5-2 on Sunday night.

Anze Kopitar scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period and had two assists. Matt Luff also scored and Cal Petersen made 32 saves for the Kings, who snapped a five-game home losing streak.

Alex Chiasson scored twice for the Oilers, who went 1-1-1 during their first road trip under new coach Ken Hitchcock. Connor McDavid had an assist to extend his point streak to six games, and Cam Talbot made 27 saves.

Kopitar put the struggling Kings in front 4: 27 into the third period when Derek Forbort sprung the Kings captain for a breakaway with a long pass into the neutral zone. Kopitar used a wrist shot through Talbots legs for his third goal in the last five games.

Brown completed his hat trick at 19:06 with an empty-net goal, and Luff, a rookie, added an empty-netter at 19:33 to extend his scoring streak to four games.

Brown scored on the power play to tie the game at 2-all 4:13 into the second period after Chiasson put Edmonton in front at 2:16.

Chiasson tied it at 1-1 at 13:19 into the first period with his ninth goal of the season. McDavid picked up his 10th point and seventh assist during his point streak.

Brown gave the Kings a 1-0 lead at 7:56, tapping in a pass from Kopitar at the back post after they got in behind three Oilers. It was Browns first goal since Nov. 3 and ended a stretch of eight games without scoring.

NOTES: Kings F Carl Hagelin was placed on injured reserve after sustaining a sprained MCL in his knee against Vancouver on Saturday. Hagelin will have an MRI on Monday. . Kings G Jonathan Quick is expected to return during the teams upcoming three-game Canadian road trip, coach Willie Desjardins said. Quick has not played since sustaining a knee injury in practice on Oct. 27 that required surgery.