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Under the Scope: Oilers vs. Wild

by Travis Knee / Edmonton Oilers

The Oilers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second period but couldn't hold on as the Minnesota Wild came back to win 3-2 in a shootout. It was the third straight shootout win for the Wild at Rexall Place this season, increasing their lead over the Oilers in the Northwest division to six points.

For the Oilers it's now three losses in a row since beating this same Wild team 5-2 last Friday night in Minnesota.

All you need to know and more as we go Under the Scope:

With the Oilers leading 2-0, the Wild would get goals just over three minutes apart in the second period to even up the contest. Devin Setoguchi would get the Wild back in it with his 8th of the season. Kyle Brodziak then buried his sixth to help propel the Wild to the 3-2 win.

40 The faceoff winning percentage for the Oilers overall in tonight's game. They would win 25 of 63 draws.
4 Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is now tied for 4th overall in league scoring with 27 points.
5 The number of wins the Oilers recorded in the month of November. They went 5-8 during the month.
65 The faceoff winning percentage for Eric Belanger in tonight's game. It was a lone bright spot in the circle for the Oil.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
G A P +/- Shots
1 1 2 +1 2

Kyle Brodziak
G A P +/- Shots
1 0 1 E 4

Jordan Eberle
G A P +/- Shots
1 1 2 +1 4

Niklas Backstrom
30 28 2 65:00 .933

Nikolai Khabibulin
29 27 2 65:00 .931

  Mikko Koivu- C

24:42 - 1 PTS, +1 rating

  Tom Gilbert- D

26:21 - 0 PTS, -1 rating

Not known for his slick passing ability, Oilers defencemen Andy Sutton sure hit his mark tonight. With the game tied 0-0 midway through the first, Sutton would find Ryan Nugent-Hopkins all alone in front of the net with a beautiful cross-crease pass. The 'Nuge' made no mistake, putting the Oilers up 1-0.


Despite the loss, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was an offensive leader again tonight while also picking up the game's first star. Nugent-Hopkins would open the scoring with his 11th of the year, then follow that up with an assist on Jordan Eberle's goal, bringing his team leading point total to 27.

After not starting in Minnesota's 5-2 loss to Edmonton last Friday, Niklas Backstrom was back in the pipes tonight for the Wild and was solid when called upon. Backstrom didn't allow the Oilers to get that all important third goal and thus gave his team a chance. Backstrom stopped 28 of 30 shots overall for the win.

Coming into tonight's game, Oilers defencemen Ladislav Smid had blocked 10 shots in the previous three games against the Wild, his most against any one team this year. With two more blocked shots tonight, Smid is now second overall in the NHL.

"What we've got to pay attention to is this is our rink, this is our home. We have to make it tougher to play us here"

-- Head Coach Tom Renney after a third straight loss to Minnesota at Rexall Place.

Friday, December 2 vs. Columbus
  7:30pm MDT (SNET / 630 CHED)

The Oilers play their third straight at home Friday night when they welcome the Columbus Blue Jackets to Rexall Place. It will be the first meeting of the year between these two teams and can be seen live on Sportsnet West.


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