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? 

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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

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  • 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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  • ChillyPepper

    I think the important point here is.

    This is the house that Lowe and Mac T have built (minus a few years of Mac T absence). However, they have been involved directly together in the majority of decisions. Tambo = fall guy for Lowe.

    Lowe is the puppet master in all this.

    The problem is not the players. This team was made by incompetent hockey minds.

    By the way, Krueger had way for input at the Olympics than Lowe. Says something doesn’t it.

  • Jofa

    Most hat-tricks against on home ice? I haven’t looked at the numbers but it sure feels like a safe bet to be the oilers this season.

    It makes me realize just how terrible Buffalo must be doing to be below Edmonton this brutal season. They just have a much better excuse for their record.

    • Jofa

      It’s incredible to think about actually. Buffalo has scored 40 less goals then the Oilers! And thats playing in the eastern Conference. Thats horrendous. I believe they are also on pace to finish with less points then the Oilers ever have during all the years of 30th place finishes.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • ubermiguel

    still waiting for the press conference announcing Lowe and Eakins dismissal, not sure why you’d wait any longer? give the new guys a chance to familiarize themselves with the team a little before next season

    • ubermiguel

      Don’t hold your breath. I don’t expect any changes this summer, or during next season unless they go like 0-10.

      We’ll finish in the bottom of the standings again next year, then Katz may have to do something. Nothings going to change until people stop buying tickets.

  • 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.

  • bazmagoo

    Considering it’s fairly unlikely the team will make the post season in 2014-15, which of the following is the most likely scenario for Lowe getting fired:

    1 – Team ties Florida record for most seasons out of the post season at 10 by missing it in 2015-16

    2 – Team starts to lose money via attendance as ticket sales continue to drop

    3 – Taylor Hall demands a trade

  • Bryzarro World

    I’ve noticed Ference was imitating a post and a mop in this game during a couple of the Shark PP goals.


  • 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 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.

  • Quicksilver ballet

    Summing up the Comrie to Philly trade

    So the obvious explanation for the deal from Edmonton’s perspective is that they like Woywitka much better than Perry. At 20, Woywitka is the older player by a couple of years, making him the more solid prospect. And in today’s NHL, the potentially dominant defenseman is perhaps the most valuable of all commodities. “When you can get a solid defenceman that has the upside that Woywitka does, you go after him,” said Lowe in a statement released by the Oilers.

  • Kr55

    Sharks played the night before, no Couture. We get 2 days off to prepare to defend out honour after being embarrassed at home by our oldest rival team. What do we get? 5-2 loss. 42% fenwick close %. And Eakins talking about how great the team was 5 on 5 and just special teams let us down.

    I can accept all of it except Eakins trying to drag the Sharks down to our level suggesting we were on an equal footing with them in any way.

  • 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.

  • Admiral Ackbar

    I’m so glad I didn’t watch this game. This entire organization is undeserving of any fan loyalty.

    I think rather than the visible protests, they should make like Winnipeg and get some great chants going.

    We-Want-A-Refund! clap!clap! clap-clap-clap!

  • NsxZero

    Went for wings last night at Brewsters instead of going to the game. It’s a good indication that the seasons over when they don’t even bother turning on the in-game audio and rather play music the whole time.

  • Hardcore39

    listening to stauffer… man hes good at making excuses

    ya lets sign Schultz to big money! he deserves it! im completely amazed at how sh!tty this team is

    • dougtheslug

      Stauffer’s bad enough. But after a few minutes of listening to Eakins, I had to restrain myself not to drive into a telephone pole and end my misery.

      Does he really believe the drivel that comes out of his mouth? “Taylor
      Hall has become a defensively responsible, two-way player”? RNH is “making great progress”? Justin Schulz is “the most improved player on our team”? (That last one might even be true, I don’t know – when you have nothing, a little is a lot, but I wouldn’t be crowing about it).

      The final straw for me was when he said “The way we play together, stick up for each other and protect each other has been UN-BE-LIEVE-ABLE.” That’s how he said it. “UN-BE-LIEVE-ABLE”. Slow, drawn out. Like he was trying to convince himself, as much as the fans.

      Yeah, you’re right Dallas. That was the only true thing you said. This whole season, the utter incompetence and contempt for the customer, and utter delusion in the face of the facts, is UN-BE-LIEVE-ABLE.

      I can’t believe it. Except, the facts keep smacking me in the face.

      • Quicksilver ballet

        It’s all part of the Oiler propaganda machine. Every word carefully played to reinforce/defend the actions taken by this current management group.

        The old Bob Stauffer has to be rolling over in his grave if he seen the ship that is going on now. For simply a few dollars more per month, he’s turned into a partner in crime with these jack arses.

          • bazmagoo

            I would not go that far but I would say that he is too close to the team to be completely objective. I would say that this is his dream job, being an actual quasi insider. I am sure that he freely provides his opinions and theories to the Oilers management more than the reverse.

      • bazmagoo

        Nothing more pathetically manipulative than a con artist conning himself. Dallas needs to talk this way to keep any aura of a coach he has left. I seriously can’t believe the gong show that this club has become.

        I’ve said it all year long, the team has regressed. We have an IMPROVED roster and are facing weaker opposition (east teams), yet our results are worse. Seems like simple math, improved roster + weaker opposition + improved coaching = fighting for the playoffs. Improved roster + weaker opposition + incompetent coaching = 29th place. None of the young guys have taken a step forward, and RNH, Eberle, Gagner and Yakupov have taken a step back. Schultz is better defensively, but has lost a step offensively.

        The proof is in the results, but it has been blatantly obviously to me all year long. Someone else posted this recently as well, all I have to do is watch the Oilers play to see they have regressed.

      • Derian Hatcher

        Eakins reminds me of Bryan Hall…LOVES to hear himself jabber on and on and on, believing the drivel he is spewing. I can laugh at Bryan Hall, as he is merely telling stories and reporting scores. Eakins makes me want to vomit. His responses and perpective on the team are pathetic. I’m sure that the Oiler apologist Stauffer is nodding his head as Dallas fills the airwaves with his view of reality. I really used to enjoy Bob’s views “on a different station, at a different time”. He sure has changed…some might say sold out to the man…OILERS NOW is more like an advertisement for the hockey team. We need someone to call it like it is…

        Laughable and downright pathetic.

        • #ThereGoesTheOilers

          Who could possibly trash this comment? Lots of wanna be writers on this blog who think that somehow by disagreeing with a truthful post they will gain employment with oilersnation. Get a life.

      • #ThereGoesTheOilers

        what I don’t get is stauffer wants to sign Schultz to a big contract instead of a bridge contract?

        if it was me id just let Schultz walk, maybe give him a little push to get him going quicker. but when youre head coach says he’s maybe the most improved player, how do you give him a big contract? you give proven bonafide players long term contracts. not guys who you describe as improved.

        but nothing surprises me these days,

      • He’s the head coach. What do you expect him to say?

        Like it or not pro sport’s reality is the press it creates for itself. For you to rag on Eakins because he’s not calling out the players is totally not getting the real world. For every “real” fan like you there’s thousands of others (and kids) who live and die with their sports heroes – and that’s what they’re sold as – heroes.

        You wouldn’t pay $200/seat to see beer league schlubs skate around. You pay that sort of money to see your heroes go up against the other team’s villians. And so it goes in every pro sport arena in the world.

        You don’t make your heroes look anything else than what people want them to be. The reality you guys so desperately crave will never be found in the games you watch. Never.

        Please stop trying to make it sound like anything you say or do will have any affect on the team, or that they somehow owe you something. They don’t. You don’t like it? There’s hundreds of thousands of fans who differ with you.

    • 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.

  • S cottV

    Been awhile since I actually went to an Oilers game last night.

    When Pavelski scored for his hat trick, it looked like security was throwing out people that were tossing hats on the ice?

    I know there has been a lot of chatter about throwing oiler jerseys on the ice and the guy wearing his jersey inside out, but if true – a SJ fan can’t throw a hat on the ice, in support of their team?

    • S cottV

      Not in this town.

      Unfortunately, other Edmonton sports teams cant even hang their championship banners in pride. Nope, Oilers only in Rexall. And the new arena wont be any different.

      The entire Oilers organization is a joke, and as a current season ticket holder, i am giving up my tickets and will not attend a game, buy anything related (Rexall included) until the Oilers show some pride.

      They dont have to win. They just need to give a consistent effort. And that starts with the management… so clearly it wont happen any time soon.

      very very unfortunate time we live in here in Edmonton.

    • Mo Playoffs Mo Problems

      Has anyone taken a moment to appreciate the unbelievable irony that the Oilers are even in a position to kick people out of the building after the results they’ve been putting up for the last 8 years?

      Right or wrong when it comes to jersey tossing/inside-outing/hat tricking for the other team, it is simply astonishing that they even have any fans left, never mind that they can throw paying customers out of the building if they behave in a way that they feel embarrasses the organization.

      The organization being ignorant to the notion that the true embarrassment to the Oilers name has largely been the on-ice product for close to a decade would be hilarious if it wasn’t so sad.

      • Mo Playoffs Mo Problems

        A fan in that section has already come forward on twitter to state that the guy who got tossed wasn’t being removed because his jersey was inside out. It was because he was drunk, swearing and being a general @ss.

        • Mo Playoffs Mo Problems

          Fair enough.

          What I’m getting at is that it doesn’t matter why the fans are getting kicked out.

          It’s just astounding that there’s any fans left to kick out.

    • #ThereGoesTheOilers

      Not in this town.

      Unfortunately, other Edmonton sports teams cant even hang their championship banners in pride. Nope, Oilers only in Rexall. And the new arena wont be any different.

      The entire Oilers organization is a joke, and as a current season ticket holder, i am giving up my tickets and will not attend a game, buy anything related (Rexall included) until the Oilers show some pride.

      They dont have to win. They just need to give a consistent effort. And that starts with the management… so clearly it wont happen any time soon.

      very very unfortunate time we live in here in Edmonton.

  • Doctor Smashy

    First off, great thread today (that dutch oven thing? – so random – just what Oiler fans need). Second, perfect gif BM. Glad to hear he lived…

    I am in a good mood this morning…I turned the game off at 4-1 because it went more or less as I expected. I am a changed man after reading the wisdom of Dwight Shrute yesterday. No more doing what idiots do for me…the Oilers are bad, but I love ’em. They are my team and there is no sense complaining about how Jeff Petry is not Duncan Keith (pffft…Duncan Keith) and Gagner doesn’t play like a “good player” very much (who cares?) and Hall tries the same move too much (man does that boy try though). A good hockey fan, just like a good parent, loves their players/kids for who they are. Sure I’ll be sad when Gagner moves out but I will be happy with who we rent his locker out to after he is gone…even if it is Kyle Clifford. Just think of the man cave we can build for our new defence corps when our current D move out of their bunk beds and go to college…it will be glorious. I ask you, do Raider fans act like we have been acting the last 8 years? Seriously I am asking because that is a terrible football team and they always seem to be having a good time.