GDB Wrap Up: Sharks @ Oilers

FML… Final Score: 5-2 San Jose

After Saturday’s loss, how much worse could things possibly get around here? The Nation is in full crisis mode and the only thing we can really do is to wait this thing out and get to the draft. The Oilers had to play better tonight than they did against Calgary (not like they could play worse) and after waiting for two days to get back at it, things didn’t go much better. Oilers against San Jose – what could go wrong? 

After an excellent first period, the wheels fell off again. It’s almost as though they go into the intermission and feel too good about themselves. As if letting a bunch of power play goals against isn’t bad enough, Joe Pavelski gets a hat trick and Rexall fans start throwing hats on the ice. To say things aren’t going well would be an understatement. If there was a panic button I’d have pushed it 5 years ago. At least Joe Thornton didn’t get 4 and pull out his schmeckle.

Let’s wrap it up…

The Bright Side

  • Mark Fraser’s flat top
  • David Perron has been a bright side all year
  • No suits were drenched in the making of this loss
  • Mike Brown did not score a hat trick
  • #HereComeTheOilers hash tag was top notch again tonight

The Face Palmers

  • How many times did we have to hear the water bottle story?
  • 2nd periods are the Oilers’ kryptonite
  • Penalty Kill was uhh… off?
  • Highlight of the game was once again the 50/50

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  • I’m not backing this team next year unless Eberle or the first rounder gets traded this summer.

    That’s the only way that anything remotely good coming back will be able to add some help to this lost cause team.

  • Wow, how this seasoned unravelled to the point the entire organization is under the microscope and looks real bad to the world. Hiring a coach with no NHL experience was bad. Forcing the coach to keep Bucky and Smith – bad again. Evaluating Dubnyk and concluding he’s a starting goalie – soooooo bad. Making no attempt to fix the D which everyone knew was a problem – bad. Gagner’s contract which greatly diminishes his trade value – bad. Employing a chicken-crap heavyweight who wears a face shield and instigates fights – just plain bad. Katz not accepting Lowe’s phoney offer to resign – bad. The very fact the offer was made – pathetically bad. The rediculous letter to the fans – bad and oh so desperate. Censorship of the fans – bad on so many levels. Cheerleaders at the game – embarrassingly bad since this is Edmonton, Alberta, not Japan. Competing, yet again, for another first overall – bad. Jeeze, this list could go on forever. Anyone else want to identify some “bads”?

    • Also the worst radio play by play announcer ever. The guy is just brutal. Also color guy (Debrusk) is getting pretty boring too.
      Time to make a complete change in both radio and tv crews. Even Gene Principae is starting to annoy me. His schtik is getting old already. He acts like a clown first and then the real clowns hit the ice.
      One new first line centre and at least one really good d-man will go a long way to help this team. Very big challenge for MacT. I just dont know where he goes to get these players as no team wants to give them up. MacT will have to grossly overpay to get anything close to what we need.

    • Quicksilver ballet

      Ugh…CMD ain’t gonna help he is awesome, yes, but not a generational player like Sid, Lemieux, Gretzky. Our timing in sucking is just bad lol…

      • Quicksilver ballet

        Just think of how much potential we could ruin if the oilers manage to grab that kid. with our current track record we could have him ran out of the nhl and playing in the icelandic elite league in, im saying 4 years after draft date.

  • mesa

    oilers nation should have a poll and ask the Question if to fire the coach now with 9 games left or keep him for next season for the first 10 games and see .and it is a serious request .

    • Rick Stroppel

      EAKINS = ALISON REDFORD

      Eakins is clearly dead man walking. Most (maybe all) of the players have tuned him out and do not respect him.

      When Redford had her crisis, somebody said “Let’s develop a ‘work plan’ and put her on probation”. Then everyone woke up and said “If she is that bad, let’s just get rid of her”.

      So the “experienced associate coach” idea is goofy. If your coach needs training wheels, you need a new coach.

      At one time I fovoured giving Eakins 15-20 games next season but now I think that is a mistake. The writing is on the wall. Also, there is no point firing him before the end of this season. They need to do a thorough, professional search and not hire somebody because MacTavish falls in love with him in a meeting.

      But I have zero confidence in Lowe and/or MacTavish to make a reasonable HC hire. So the ultimate solution is for Katz to fire Eakins, Lowe and MacTavish about thirty minutes after the last game of the year.

  • dougtheslug

    I notice that all those optimists who were extrapolating Scrivens and Fasth’s .950 save percentages over a season, and penciling in the Oilers for a playoff spot next year, have gone strangely silent.

    I hate to say, “I told you so”.

    But……..

    • paul wodehouse

      I mean between the two goalies I don’t think they have aged a full season total. I had my reservations as well. Like I said in previous posts, I’ll tell you how this tandem is in December.

  • Admiral Ackbar

    The Oilers are like the bad girlfriend that I just can’t stop loving, even though she’s now overweight and arrogant.

    It’s time for a clean break, it’s not me, it’s you.

  • Bob Cobb

    Once things are sorted out in upper management (6 rings will not be POHO when the season starts) Taylor Hall will lead this team to glory.

    He is an outstanding hockey player and completes every night. Every year he will get better and better and he will eventually win a Stanley Cup with the Oilers.

  • #ThereGoesTheOilers

    The effort was there, but in the final two periods they were totally dominated. Just when our PK seems to be improving we get burned 3 times in 3 PKs.

    This is a very bad hockey club. They are now on pace for 66 points, just a few more than in Pat Quinn’s season and with the schedule ahead might yet end up all the way back to square one, where the ‘rebuild’ started. Lowe is too proud to resign, Eakins is too dumb to coach at this level and MacT is too insecure to admit he made an horrific error hiring him. As a result we are sentenced to ride this out-of-control merry-go-round indefinitely.

  • Bryzarro World

    I watched the broadcast on Hockey Center from San Jose. Their announcers thought that the problem with the Oilers is they signed the young guys to large long term contracts.

    Could Be?

  • paul wodehouse

    Katz is weird and he is about as shady as they come! It seems to me there was another owner in Edmonton who almost ran the team into the ground as well…PP anyone?

    • BobbyCanuck

      At least PP brought us 5 Stanley Cups, which I am beginning to think was a curse

      Had we, like a lot of NHL teams, never won the cup, our expectations would be much much lower, therefore we would not be nearly as irritated about the current situation as we are.

      Katz Jr. will not have this same problem, by the time he inherits the team, everyone that remembers the glory years will be dead, and expectations will be in alignment with any other team that has not won the cup in 60 years.

  • Bryzarro World

    I don’t think klefbom or marincin made any mistakes all night. Pitlick played great too… Now for the long time vet. I don’t think any one has more flybys on the team. He dosnt block shots, he dosent hit, and he always seems to take slashing and holding penalties (lazy penalties) in the offensive zone. Every single person in my section was noticing it. He is a liability on the ice, just brutal.

    ** also anyone know what his clapper clocks in at(honestly don’t think its more that 40km/h),

  • Harry2

    Can anyone who knows their way around a computer look up the record for most losses by a team when they score the first goal, please?!

    Im willing to bet this Oiler team is in the top 3 of all-time

  • mesa

    The Oilers are like the bad girlfriend that I just can’t stop loving, even though she’s now overweight and arrogant.

    It’s time for a clean break, it’s not me, it’s you.

    Absolutely right… I’ve tried several times this year to make a clean break, but always find myself checking this blog & others.
    Need to find something else to fill the void… But what?

    • Positive Ray of Sunshine

      I’ve started building my secret underground evil layer. When it’s complete I am going to take control of the worlds frogurt supplies and all will bow to me.

      Bwahahahahaha.

      • Quicksilver ballet

        This is true. To all of those disgruntled oilers fans. Go to a rush game, rexall beers are still 8 dollars but you wont care after 3 of them. Go be loud and watch a team that wins and gives a fudge. The compete level of the edmonton rush, guys who work other jobs and are paid pennies, is so much higher then our 6million/year doll house hockey players its emberresing. go away oilers go rush go bring on the champions cup.

    • paul wodehouse

      I used to live 11 time zones away, which is not as bad as you might think for watching the Oilers. Most mornings I would get up at 5 or 6 AM and watch a couple of periods before going to work. I knew they were terrible, I knew they would lose, but I just couldn’t stop.

      Now I have moved to 8 time zones away. The games are on at 1 or 2 AM and it is impossible to watch, and I am a happier person.

      I just get to work and read about the latest loss in the morning.

  • paul wodehouse

    mornin’…see y’all had another one of those nights last night…we put our DVR to real good use these days…we watched The Blacklist, The Following and the second last episode of The Walking Dead last night…now that’s a good evenings’ entertainment without all that Oiler itching and scratching…
    had some warm milk and slept like a rock!

    EDIT …baggedmilk…the correct spelling for thingies is thingys…I think

  • ChillyPepper

    To me there is a great flaw in the analysis of the Oilers. Many MSM types repeatedly state that the Oilers are talented offensively. Their rationale for arriving at this conclusion is that they must be because they have drafted 3 forwards first over all.

    Unfortunately this analysis is wrong because the Oilers are not a good offensive team. This is confirmed when you look at the Goals For statistics.

    They have some offensive talent, but they have no strength or depth at centre and therefore are destined to fail until this is corrected. . Accordingly, the Oilers need to draft a #1 or #2 Centre in order to actually become a talented offensive team.

  • Quicksilver ballet

    I remember Jay Feaster Calling it how it is a couple of years ago. “Wandering the desert” I believe he said… I hear he’s looking for a gig.