Good and Bad Angles Come Out Of Oilers' Wednesday Win

Jim ParsonsContributor INovember 19, 2009

EDMONTON, AB - September 17:  Goaltender Jeff Deslauriers #38 of the Edmonton Oilers looks on during warm-ups prior to the start of the preseason NHL game against the Florida Panthers on September 17, 2007 at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.  The Oilers defeated the Panthers 5-4. (Photo by Tim Smith/Getty Images)
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After Wednesday's come-from-behind win over the Colorado Avs, a blogger like myself had a plethora of story lines to select from.

Should I talk about Jeff Deslauriers finally getting some game action, only to start out poorly, worry the entire coaching staff, then make up for it towards the latter half of the game? It would have been scary if the Oilers felt they had to play Khabibulin more than they're already playing him.

Maybe how Tom Gilbert, who has had a rough season to start, was so bad in the first half of the game and directly responsible for the Avs first two goals, that it forced head coach Pat Quinn to bench him. Gilbert received a total of 7:41 seconds of ice time throughout the night. Message sent loud and clear I would guess.

I noticed too that Ethan Moreau, Zack Stortini, and Andrew Cogliano weren't seen or heard from much. I thought Cogs played well when he was on the ice, but Quinn didn't use any of the three that often (I suppose one should account for the 17 penalty minutes served by Stortini).

I could have taken a positive spin and noted that Sam Gagner was a surprise draw in for an absent Mike Comrie (even though we knew he wasn't 100%). Gagner had a good game, scoring a goal after quite a dry spell.

The same happened for Brule, O'Sullivan and Potulny, all who in their own different ways and for different reasons, needed to provide some offense.

Visnovsky, Souray, Smid and Staios all had good games on defence, while Hemsky, Penner and Horcoff were a dangerous first line. The Oilers had some breakdowns, but overall out-shot the Avs 33-18 over three periods. With six power plays, I should hope so.

Speaking of the power play, it's an area that still needed a lot of work for Edmonton. They simply falter when pressured by aggressive penalty killers.

All in all though, there was a lot of good to come out of that game for Edmonton, who now sits just three points back of a playoff spot and needs every point on this five-game home stand, against some tough teams, to gain ground.

For myself, I guess I didn't have to choose a topic, it's all right there in a pretty little 6-4 win with a bow on it.

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