GDB Wrap Up: Oilers @ Carolina

It-Finally-Happened

A power play goal? Seriously… It happened. Final Score: 2-1 Oilers.

Today’s game was a huge opportunity for the Oilers to grab a win since the Hurricanes played Boston yesterday. For the most part the Oilers played well, but there were still far too many WTF moments against a team that was supposed to be tired. I was thinking of starting an Oilers 2 on 1 drinking game but I don’t think the healthcare system would be able to handle the alcohol poisonings. The cross ice passes to the other team have got to stop. Luckily the giveaways didn’t burn us this time.

One thing is for sure, Matt Hendricks had a hell of a game. The guy plays like he’s on fire. I’ll admit, when the Oilers traded for him I was worried about the contract length, but the more I watch him play the more I love him. Let’s all hope his old carcass can hold up for the next 3 years because he brings something to the team that they’ve been lacking – huge balls. It’s starting to make sense as to why they put an “A” on his jersey already. Hopefully his gritty play rubs off on others.

Let’s wrap it up…

The Bright Side

  • Ben Scrivens we speak your name!
  • Anton Lander has played well since his recall
  • Hendricks hits like a truck and fights 2 at a time
  • Yakupov flying in to help Hendricks out was awesome to see
  • A POWER PLAY GOAL!!?!!

The Face Palmers

  • Even though the Power Play scored, it looks more likely to give up a goal than the PK
  • The Yak-Nuge-Eberle line is not getting much done
  • Cross ice passes to anyone with skates on
  • 2 on 1s for days
  • Nuge Drought 2014 continues

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  • Bryzarro World

    If I’m not mistaken, the PP goal was the first one by an Oilers dman this year. Congrats Justin Schultz. If he had as much desire to cover his man as he does in jumping up in the play, we might have an actual NHL dman in him. Also, they might as well have gave Hendricks the C. Mr. Fitness’ pick from the offseason sure doesn’t appear to be cutting it. Andrew Ferrence is no Jason Smith, as a captain, that’s for sure.

  • Aitch

    9-4-3 since January 26th. The 3 were all 2-1 losses. So, just scoring 2 in regulation would’ve netted wins. They’re learning to win. It’s not always pretty, but they’re starting to find ways. They need the offense to carry the load for a night or two though soon.

  • O.C.

    How come every writer on ON uses their own name except baggedmilk? (just sayin’)

    Slowly, the ship is turning. A few years too slowly but better this than be a ‘nucks fan. Rather suffer through a lengthy rebuild and learn from mistakes than break my ankles jumping off the “this is the year” bandwagon (going on forty how many years now?)

  • The Last Big Bear

    Can’t wait when the Oilers make the playoffs again, it seems like they have been rebuilding for a century. I can’t imagine what the atmosphere would be in rexall or Rogers Place when they make playoffs. When they win the cup we’ll be laughing at these moments.

  • v4ance

    With every exceptional game, I hope Scrivens puts the myth to bed that we still need to get “proven” goaltending. The line between average and elite goaltending is a fine line and even if Scrivens drops from elite short term goalie to above average long term goalie, we should be in good hands going forward.

    If you keep banging the drum for proven goaltending, all of a sudden, you end up with a goalie on the wrong side of 30 with too much money and too much term (hellloooo Khabby!)

    You make good bets on upcoming goalies and hope they show they can be elite. So far, MacT’s bet on Scivens is looking outstanding.

  • Anton CP

    Good for Hendricks playing like he cares……..I watched Calgary last night and they have everyone on the team playing like Hendricks. I think everyone on Calgary’s team is from their farm team but man do they ever compete……..their game is simple and they put pucks to the net every chance they get.

    I jealous that their coach can get so much out of each player………can’t wait till next Saturday!

  • nuge2drai

    Oiler Domination To Follow

    MacT you suck.

    That 3rd rounder you traded for Scrivens is going to come back and haunt us.

    Dubnyk for Hendricks, why would we want a gritty forward- don’t you know how tall Dubey is.

    Worst of all trading a blue chip prospect like Paarjavi for Perron, every team needs a guy named Magnus.

    If you keep making horrible trades like you have been the oilers will never get better.

    Horrible job your first year, I wish we had Tambellini spending the 40+ mil in cap space instead of you.

    • dougtheslug

      Hopefully, taking the team from 24th place last year to 29th place this year shouldn’t be too tough to improve on next year.

      But I’m not betting the house.

  • Hendricks, plain and simple is just fun to watch.
    When was the last time we saw an Oiler just destroy guys on a nightly basis. Seriously, he crushes the opposing player then beats the crap out of him when he gets up. So awesome!!!

    I’d also like to thank Yak for making my afternoon with that flying bulldog into the net.

  • dougtheslug

    Yakupov getting a penalty on that was bs!!! The second guy who jumped in on Hendricks should have been penalized! Heck I thought that’s a game misconduct. So if yakupov just stood there and didn’t take that guy down the oilers get a powerplay? This league is going to the sewers.

  • nuge2drai

    The way we saw Nails flew in there to help Hendricks was the way this team should be like every shift Thanks for showing some heart and some balls, maybe he was reading Oilersnation this week and took Jason comments to heart,any ways it’s was a welcome site. HAIL NAILS!

  • nuge2drai

    Oiler Domination To Follow

    @the slug

    I’m sure the team will be much better after this off season.

    40+ Million in cap space and a lottery pick doesn’t hurt.

    Klefbom and Marincin have been a breathe of fresh air.

    I’m sure Nurse will be an impact player.

    I’ve enjoyed watching the last 16 games, especially since the Oilers have had points in 12 of them.

  • nuge2drai

    Oiler Domination To Follow

    MacT questioned Dubnyk when he came in- most on Oilersnation thought he was idiotic for doing so.

    MacT addressed the goaltending when Dubnyk failed.

    Since MacT fixed the goaltending the team is playing competitive hockey.

    The team is playing with more confidence with each game, because they now have above average goaltending.

    MacT has 40+ million to now focus his attention on Defense.

    Nurse is on his way, he’s going to be a stud.

    Bennett or the German Malkin will solidify the middle.

    Look at the positives instead of betting on the negative-there are some there.

    • The Last Big Bear

      The 2014-15 NHL salary cap is projected to be between $68m and $71m.

      A quick back-of-the-envelope check at NHLnumbers suggest the Oilers have about $44m-ish already committed to next season.

      So if the Oilers let all their RFA’s walk, that would leave around $25m or so in cap space, to fill 11 spots.

      More realistically, if the Oilers re-sign guys like Schultz, Petry, Lander, etc, they will have something like about $15m to go free agent hunting.

      (spoiler alert: don’t go looking to see how many first-pairing UFA defencemen are available this summer).

      Not $40m+. Not even close.

      • nuge2drai

        Oiler Domination To Follow

        Capgeek shows the Oilers with 28 Million in Cap Space Next year.

        If the oilers trade Sam Gagner that frees up another 5 Million.

        This will leave MacT with 33 Million In Cap Space.

        I know that’s not 40 but 33 Million is a ton of space.

        • oilerjed

          By my math signing (all dollars are +-ish)
          Petry 3mil
          Shultz 3 mil
          Smytty 1.5 mil
          Lander 1.5
          only equals 9 mil, leaving 18 mil to sign at least 1D and if we trade gags and\or Ebs frees up another 11mil to find a 1C. Pitlick will hopefully fit 3w next year on the cheap as well. Should be tons of room for additions.

  • nuge2drai

    If the jets can move bufllyian to forward why didn’t we think of trying dubby as a number 1 center? Like a poster above said he is huge….. Think how many draws he’d win using his goalie stick……

  • RomZ

    Yak flying in to help his teammates was an awesome sight, doing it in WWE fashion no less.

    Of all our top 3 picks he has the most balls, and fight in him. That’s something one can’t teach to a player, you either have it or you don’t.

    Dreger’s comments really pissed me off about the kid. I get has his glaring weaknesses but hes only in his second year on one of the worst teams in the NHL.

    Also, Hendricks for president!

  • Bryzarro World

    Remember when burke said kblowe was going to run this team into the ground? Does 8 years of no playoffs and worst team since 06 qualify as into the ground?

  • LibrarianMike

    Also, Dreger can suck it for what he said about Yak the other day. The headlock today tells you all you need to know. This kid’s got heart and will find his way, despite a coach who doesn’t seem to know how to coach him.

    • oilerjed

      And Im still waiting for any of the edmonton media ,and yes this includes you ON, to take Dreger to task for his little POS editorial. Trash talks one of our Oilers with from what I can tell is total BS and nobody says nothing. What is he the head of the media union (read: mob) or what?

  • nuge2drai

    Dear Nail,
    The day will come when you don’t read blogs at all, let-alone to the very last post(s). You are obviously a fantastic young man, but your age is an enemy in this fishbowl we call Oilersnation. This will take you from thinking you’re a genius and a hero to being a mistake and a failure in a blink of an eye. It’s a fine line, but cling to the former. You will continue to learn that your talent is as real as your underestimation of the rest of the NHL (you’re likely starting to get past that now).

    Oilers fans are extremely loyal, but they are just as demanding. In time this will become less a burden or stress, and will become a motivator and reward for you. You have more talent than many of the Oilers that have worn the sweater since 1990 (with some fantastic exceptions). However, as we are learning with the 29th placing (to date) this year, it takes more than talent.

    Dear Oilers…,
    If we could marry 45% of your talent with a young Bucky or 45% of his desire to win at all costs with any of you guys, we would have a winner (please also see Smith, Smyth, MacTavish, Moreau, Lowe,Grier, Staios,Guerin,Huddy, Messier, Fogolin).

    Taylor hall getting manhandled by himself in the corner while the rest look on. wtf… Maybe he’s the problem in some people’s eyes – get over it, your success begins and ends with players like him. Get over it,or get out of the way.
    It has nothing to do with money. If you put on that jersey, realize that you represent hundreds of thousands of fans. We expect you to act as we would if we were given your situation/talent. I would never let another dude even talk loudly to my friends without me being right there in it – regardless of whether we were going to get our asses handed to us, no question, ever…
    The biggest thing that annoys an Oiler fan is when they see a player disrespect the Jersey by not trying. Tier 1 or 2 fan, it doesn’t matter, I’m guessing everyone feels the same in this regard. No one expects wins every game,but we damn well expect 100% of your effort every minute of every game. Haven’t seen that for years, barely remember what it looks like. In the late-90’s there were some teams that were not able to compete because they didn’t have the talent, yet they did. No excuses, they just worked harder.
    With this current ‘broken’ roster we sit at the bottom of the standings. Nice. Blame it on early goaltending, or lack of defence, or fill-in-the-blank injuries… It’s all bull. I have a bunch of 20 somethings that work for me, and for some reason, until they get get to a certain maturity, everything bad that happens to them is someone else’s fault. Quotes from exiting players coughHemcoughsky, should be taken into consideration if for only this reason: young dudes need to step up but dont because they are young dudes and still get to blame others. Thankfully on the Oilers we are now out of ‘others’. Either do or don’t, but please don’t bore us with pettiness and blame others, cause you’re all that’s left…

  • Rdubb

    Why did it take so long to fall for Hendricks? One could see after his first games that he was a TEAM player and that he hits like a truck, likes to hit like a truck, and will stick up for any team mate, even if they aren’t the best of bud’s. He plays for the logo, not for the name plate on the back…
    I have been hoping for weeks that some of Hendrick’s play would rub off on some of the younger players, but, to no avail unfortunately. It is my belief that this group of players just doesn’t play with enough fire, enough heart. They are all skilled, good young guys, but do not have of what is needed to make this team competitive and hard to play against. To many young guys figure that the likes of Hendricks & Gadzik can & should do all of the hitting and nasty stuff…
    As far as Lander goes, in his brief stint up with big club, he has already shown me more than what Gagner has all yr, & yrs past. His d-zone play is a whole lot better, he doesn’t cough up the puck so often, and I find he plays a harder game, which in turn seems to open up a bit more space for his other mates…
    Should MacT decide to trade Gagner, he may be able to put more attention towards a top D-man or a big power winger and leave Lander as the 2nd line C…just a thought