Everyone was saying the Oilers would have an advantage, but I think it's pretty clear now that age/experience has the advantage with the shortened season. Less nerves because they've been there, done that a bunch. All the Oilers who have been playing this whole time look nervous as hell.
Nerves nerves nerves... story of period 1. Let's hope they get past it.
This is exactly right, but Edler had steam and the errors were multiple - hard to blame Potter on that. He was playing physically down low and handling things quite well actually. To everyone else: quit the goating and groupthink. Watch the game.
Primary error was Potter's gap control, in my mind. He gave him too much space and once you do that, you're screwed. It's fear that makes you back off a player too much like that, either that the other guy is too fast, or you're too slow.
Funny how everyone is ganging up on Potter for making one questionably bad play. Many defenseman wouldn't have pushed up there, but noone is mentioning the fact that Whitney was by far the worst player on the ice for the team that period. You guys need to watch the game as a whole instead of focusing wholly on every little thing that you perceive today's whipping boy is doing wrong.
Oilers started out strong... they came out really hard for the first 5 minutes or so... then the game got chopped up with penalties and they looked rusty and nervous the rest of the period.
To me the Nucks look like they've benefited from that **** kicking they took last night. You know a vet team is going to come back and put on a good effort after a loss like that. They have that game under their belts to help shake the rust off and I think it shows.
I think we will see better play from the Oilers in the 2nd and 3rd now that those initial nerves have at least partly been shaken off.