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Participant grades: Psychological errors once more hammer Edmonton Oilers in 5-2 loss to Nashville Predators

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Psychological errors once more did within the Edmonton Oilers, dropping 5-2 to the Nashville Predators on Saturday afternoon.

I believe that is the second or third time I’ve written that headline and lede this season.

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Edmonton once more gave up two targets on the frenzy at even energy, whereas scoring not one. That makes the 10-game season complete 18-to-6 in opposition to the Oilers for targets off rush possibilities at even energy.

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Unsurprisingly The Oilers additionally now have simply two wins in 10 video games.

General Edmonton has had 142 Grade A pictures (which go in 25 per cent of the time on common) within the 10 video games in comparison with 131 for the opposition, 14.2 to 13.1 per recreation.

However, notably, Edmonton has given up extra of essentially the most harmful of pictures, 5-alarmers (33 percenters on common), with Edmonton getting 63 to 69 for the opposition.

On this recreation, Edmonton had 14 Grade A pictures to 10 for the Predators, with six 5-alarm pictures to only 5 for the Preds, however higher goaltending and sharp sniping was the distinction.

Cult of Hockey player grades

Connor McDavid, 5. He regarded extra like his previous self on this recreation, however he’s not totally again but. He was a offender on two targets in opposition to. He rushed up ice and delivered a tough wrister from the excessive slot early within the recreation, a play he’s not been making of late, nearly actually as a result of his harm. He handed out from the nook to arrange Cody Ceci on the primary 5-alarm shot of the sport. He allowed the skin shot on Nashville’s second objective. He charged out to the purpose on the PK within the second, even because the Preds point-man had full management, resulting in changes by different Oilers, resulting in the 2-on-1 down low on Nashville’s third objective. Got here up large successful and transferring pucks on the facility play resulting in Edmonton’s second objective. He got here again laborious on the backcheck within the second to remove an odd-man rush. He once more rushed in 1-on-4 early within the third for a Grade A shot, extra proof of a more healthy McDavid. 4 faceoff wins, 15 losses, which is a yikes stat. Particular person contributions to Grade A Photographs (GAS): even energy +3/-1; particular groups +1/-1.

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Leon Draisaitl, 7. He was harmful all recreation on the assault and usually stable on defence. He saved establishing teammates however they saved bobbling it or lacking the web. He let up early on the backcheck, permitting Filip Forsberg to take a cross resulting in his wrap-around objective within the first.  He was a part of the superb and hard-working energy play shift that noticed Edmonton rating its second objective. He made a wonderful rush within the second resulting in a harmful shot by RNH. GAS: ES +1/-0; ST +1/-0

Zach Hyman, 7. He gained a board battle to assist arrange Ceci’s 5-alarmer within the first. He gained pucks, battled laborious and went to the web and had Bouchard’s shot ricochet off his skate into the web for Edmonton’s second objective. He was too aggressive taking the ice and took a too-man-men penalty within the second. GAS: ES +3/-0; ST +2/-0

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, 6. He had a stable sufficient recreation. He streaked up the ice to get a break-in, shorthanded wrist shot late within the first. A stable defensive cease late within the first. His laborious work and rush up ice led to a Nashville penalty within the second. He obtained off a 5-alarm wrister half-way by means of the second however failed to attain. He arrange Nurse a second later, however now it was Nurse’s flip to be thwarted. 5 faceoff wins, 13 faceoff losses, so double yikes on the dot for Edmonton. GAS: ES +3/-1; ST +2/-0

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Evander Kane. 6. He’s not purpose the Oilers are nonetheless dropping. Performed his ordinary sturdy and bodily recreation. Battled laborious early on and nearly scored on a Gagner backhand feed. He took an RNH cross early within the second, stickhandled it and went laborious to the web, however didn’t get the puck on objective. He threw a depraved laborious hit early within the third, making an attempt to tug the Oilers again into it. He gained the puck on the boards to arrange Hyman for a 5-alarmer within the third. GAS: ES +2/-1; ST +0/-0

Sam Gagner, 7. His sturdy play up from the AHL continued. He made a wonderful backhand cross to Kane within the slot for a Grade A slot shot within the first. He set the display screen on Nurse’s energy play objective. He made a tip cross to arrange a 5-alarm RNH shot within the second. GAS: ES +0/-0; ST +0/-0

Ryan McLeod, 5. A bit extra good than dangerous. He popped a puck on the forecheck, kicking off the Virtuous Cycle on Nurse’s first interval objective. He turned over the puck on the PK, resulting in a second interval Grade A shot by Novak for the Preds. GAS: ES +1/-1; ST +1/-1

Dylan Holloway, 3. Nothing a lot to report. Not getting a lot finished. GAS: ES +0/-0; ST +0/-0

Warren Foegele, 7. He continues to work laborious and get off harmful pictures, whereas defending nicely. Poor determination within the first to cross up a wide-open slot shot within the first. Some good laborious work on the PK let to a zone clearance within the first. He battled laborious and nearly scored in conjunction with the web after an extended, laborious Oilers cycle within the second. He made a pleasant deke and laborious rush to take the puck in for a Grade A shot early within the third. He hustled in laborious once more with 5 minutes left to arrange McLeod for a Grade A backhander. He led the workforce with six pictures on internet. GAS: ES +3/-0; ST +0/-0

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Raphael Lavoie., 3. His o-zone turnover kicked off the Sequence of Ache on Nashville’s fourth objective. That isn’t an excellent first impression for his coaches, I’ll counsel. But it surely’s not like o-zone turnovers are uncommon for forwards making an attempt to attain. The larger mistake right here was Desharnais’ poor learn. GAS: ES +0/-2; ST +0/-0

Derek Ryan, 5. Can’t discover a solution to get a lot finished when he’s not on an everyday line. Possibly coach ought to discover him one. He was solely the workforce’s finest checking ahead within the playoffs. He and Evan Bouchard made good passes to arrange Foegele within the slot within the first, however he handed it off as an alternative of shot. GAS: ES +1/-0; ST +0/-0

Darnell Nurse, 4. He’s not enjoying poorly however getting burnt when he does err. He hammered residence an influence play slapper within the first. He made a stable defensive slot cease on a breaking Pred late within the first. He executed a Complete Eclipse of the Solar display screen on Campbell on Nashville’s second objective, then misplaced the battle to O’Reilly in conjunction with the web. He moved into the slot and obtained off a fantastic shot however couldn’t drain RNH’s glorious cross late within the second. He misplaced one other battle to O’Reilly in conjunction with the web on the fourth Stars objective. GAS: ES +1/-2; ST +2/-0

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Cody Ceci, 6. One other stable recreation. However he failed to empty a 5-alarm slot shot within the first. GAS: ES +3/-2; ST +0/-0

Mattias Ekholm, 6. His recreation is lastly coming round after an early season harm. He saved a clear sheet on defence, not one main mistake on a Grade A shot in opposition to at even energy. He made a pleasant pretend shot, then arrange Nurse’s energy play level shot and objective. GAS: ES +2/-0; ST +1/-1

Evan Bouchard, 7. Might have been the most effective Oilers participant on this one. Tremendous sharp with the puck and saved a clear sheet on defence. He obtained off some harmful exterior pictures on internet within the first. He made a fantastic cease on the blueline, then blasted a bomb off Hyman’s skate for Edmonton’s second objective. GAS: ES +0/-0; ST +1/-0

Vincent Desharnais, 3. His worst recreation of this younger season. He failed on a tough play, not reducing out the 2-on-1 cross on O’Reilly’s energy play objective within the second. Subsequent he made a ghastly psychological error, creeping up too excessive within the o-zone resulting in a 2-on-1 rush and objective in opposition to for the Preds to make it 4-2. Such a significant mistake at a key second, so -2 grade factors on that one. GAS: ES +0/-3; ST +0/-1/

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Brett Kulak, 6. He at the very least had a quiet recreation. He additionally saved a clear sheet. One other good one for a participant trending up. GAS: ES +0/-0; ST +0/-0

Jack Campbell, 3. 5 targets in opposition to on 10 Grade A pictures isn’t almost adequate. He blew an edge and misplaced his internet on Forsberg’s wrap-around objective within the first, his first essential motion of the sport. A second later, he allowed a cross proper by means of his crease, however obtained his pad on the ensuing 5-alarm PP shot by Gustav Nyquist. He failed to regulate the rebound on the second Nashville objective. He had zero likelihood on the third Nashville objective and little likelihood on the fourth and fifth targets.

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