EDM 7, CGY 4, 10/12/2016

The Edmonton Oilers had a pretty turbulent summer. They traded Taylor Hall for defenseman Adam Larsson, added Milan Lucic in free agency and naming their young star Connor McDavid captain. Time well tell how the new roster moves workout but their first game of the year couldn’t have gone much better, as they put up seven goals against the Calgary Flames, riding the back of their star player to make it happen.

McDavid tore apart the Flames with a three-point night and was impossible to contain for the first 20 minutes. Things got dicey in the second period as the Oilers had a bit of a special teams nightmare, not cashing in on a couple of power plays and allowing two shorthanded goals on top of that. McDavid would score on a penalty shot later in the period and the Oilers didn’t look back after that, winning the game 7-4.

The obvious story coming out of this game was McDavid, but the Oilers also got a solid performance out of their new top defense pairing of Oscar Klefbom and Adam Larsson. On the Flames side, they experimented with some new defense pairings and they struggled right out of the gate, having a hard time breaking the puck out of their own zone and making some brutal turnovers that led to Oilers chances & goals. They had were on the positive side of the shot ledger thanks to good special teams play, but Edmonton started off on a stronger note and were converting on more of their chances.

Data can be downloaded here

Shot Attempts & Pass Types

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Edmonton Shots & Passes

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Calgary Shots & Passes

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Shot Combos

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Edmonton Pass Zones

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Calgary Pass Zones

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5v5 Zone Entries

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Edmonton Zone Entries

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Calgary Zone Entries

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Edmonton Zone Entry Defense

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Calgary Zone Entry Defense

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5v5 Zone Exits

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Edmonton Zone Exits

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Calgary Zone Exits

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