NHL: Complete false start for Leon Draisaitl’s Edmonton Oilers

Three days after the disastrous 1:8 at the start of the season, the Edmonton Oilers lost again against the Vancouver Canucks: this time at home 3:4 and despite a clear superiority.

Intermittent celebration: Leon Draisaitl (left) scores against keeper Casey DeSmith.

Intermittent celebration: Leon Draisaitl (left) scores against keeper Casey DeSmith.

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The Oilers had something to make up for after the pack in Vancouver and stormed off at home in Rogers Place. It only took 42 seconds before Leon Draisaitl poked the puck over the line and scored his second goal of the season. But then the typical Oilers weaknesses crept into the game. When outnumbered, Vancouver’s Andrei Kuzmenko made a deflection to make it 1-1 (10th), the fourth goal conceded in the second game of the season with one man less on the ice for Edmonton.

The 1:2 by Nils Hoglander (18th) also came from a deflected disc in front of Edmonton’s goal; the opposing attackers were allowed to complete their work far too unmolested. The Oilers at least showed their strengths in their own strength, both the 2:2 by captain Connor McDavid (22nd) and the 3:3 by Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (30th) came in the power play. On the other hand, the 2:3 by Jack Studnicka (23′) was completely inexplicable when, after an Oilers attack, two Canucks were able to storm the goal of the unfortunate goalie Stuart Skinner alone.

In the final third, Sam Lafferty (43′) made the decision early, simply running past Oilers defender Matthias Ekholm and once again giving Skinner no chance. The Swede Ekholm had missed the entire pre-season and the first game of the season injured, but revealed his deficit in this scene. Despite a total of 41:16 shots, the Oilers chased this result until the final siren. Draisaitl’s team continues on Wednesday night at the Nashville Predators.

Stützle with an assist, Seider with a goal and an assist

And the other Germans? Tim Stützle celebrated a 5-2 win with his Ottawa Senators against the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday evening, the center contributed an assist. Defender Moritz Seider won 6-4 with the Detroit Red Wings against Tampa Bay Lightning. The defender made it 6:4 one second before the end of the game and also prepared the score for 4:3.

There were defeats for JJ Peterka when the Buffalo Sabers lost 2:3 to the New York Islanders, Nico Sturm (1:2 in the shootout with San José against Colorado) and Lukas Reichel (2:3 with Chicago in Montreal). Philipp Grubauer was not in goal in Seattle’s 1-2 shootout with the St. Louis Blues.

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