GDB 54.0: Longest Losing Streak of the Season?

Chicago. Dallas. Minnesota. Winnipeg. Vancouver. Phoenix. Six straight losses have the Oilers on the verge of their longest ineffective run of the season; only a win over Nashville can halt the trend.

The Road To The Olympics

The schedule softens a little bit after the Olympic break, which is a good thing for the Oilers because they haven’t done a very good job of handling the rough stretches. Take the current six-game losing streak, comprised of a four-game Western road trip and then a home game against Vancouver. The only ‘easy’ matchup was a home game against the non-playoff Coyotes, which the Oilers lost on Friday.

Today the Oilers play the Predators. Tomorrow they play in Vancouver, which based on recent history is a game they’re all but certain to lose (the last time a tired Oilers team played Vancouver they lost 4-0 and were out-shot 40-19). Then there’s a Wednesday game against San Jose, then a four-game road swing out East starting with the Boston that ends with back-to-back games in New York.

A failure tonight gives the Oilers a very good shot at 10 consecutive losses.

Lottery Standings!

Rank Team Pace
1 Edmonton Oilers 56
2 Buffalo Sabres 57 (71)
3 Calgary Flames 68
4 Florida Panthers 76
5 New York Islanders 76
6 Winnipeg Jets 82

Ugh.

Buffalo is on a 57-point pace for the season, but have improved to a 71-point pace under Ted Nolan. Calgary is on track to finish a dozen points ahead of the Oilers. And that is the total number of teams set to finish less than 20 points in front of Edmonton.

Predictions!

Game Day Prediction: The losing has to end at some point; let’s call it 3-1 in favour of Edmonton.

Obvious Game Day Prediction: Even though Devan Dubnyk is not expected to start, Louie DeBrusk will find a way to use the nickname ‘Big Easy’ at least once on the broadcast.

Not-So-Obvious Game Day Prediction: After winning the hardest shot competition yesterday, Luke Gazdic gets an opportunity on the man advantage and scores his first power play goal of the season.

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  • Serious Gord

    Jonathon:

    I think they have a chance at winning three before the five rings break:

    Buf
    NYR
    And nj

    Toss in one more against scoring impaired nsh or van and the hopey talk will resume.

    Only to be crushed into dust in the last ten games of the year.

  • D-Unit

    Can a report ask Lowe for a list of the GMs he was referring to here:”I would, uh, I think it’s safe to say that half the general manager’s in the National Hockey League would trade their roster for our roster right now.”

    If we can identify them, don’t put them on the list of people to replace MacT when he is done or for any other jobs in the Oilers organization.

    Also, we don’t want anyone who believes this statement from Lowe: “I’ll say that there’s one other guy in hockey today that is still working in the game that has won more Stanley Cups than me. So I think I know a little bit about winning, if there’s ever a concern.”

  • Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)

    The swarm…over commit on the puck and leave ppl open in the high slot or front of the net..the reason hockey systems were first introduced was to stop ppl from doing stuff like this

  • outdoorzguy

    I hope we lose today only for the dream that this will be the last time we see the 4 idiots behind the bench ever again. Let’s keep losing so that SOMETHING has to be done.

  • Rick Stroppel

    MY OWN PERSONAL OILERS BOYCOTT!

    Jersey-thrower guys have inspired me. We must take POSITIVE ACTION to end this travesty of hockey justice.

    For five years, I have spent ZERO MONEY on Oilers tickets, merchandise, and cable TV access.

    Until further notice, I intend to spend ZERO MONEY on Oilers tickets, merchandise, and cable TV access.

    The Little Billionaire will RUE THE DAY that he put this storied franchise under the control of a bunch of dimwits!

  • Mason Storm

    The management in this organization should be absolutely embarrassed with how this season has come along. Eakins is a utter failure, Bucky and Smith are jokes, Mac T has to this point done nothing to improve this team from the one a year ago, and then there is Kevin Lowe. it astonishes me this guy can walk around this city with his head held high.

    PS. KEVIN LOWE…… The last time you did something good for this team, the Smurfs were a regular Saturday morning show.

    No wonder Katz doesn’t show his face in Edmonton. He sits back and watches this team fall deeper and deeper into despair.

    When fans watch rebuilds start NOW and achieve more success than our team that is 8, sorry Darryl, 4 years into a rebuild, it is pretty disgusting.

    This organization is just shameful and it pains me to feel this way because I really, really want to see a winning team…….

    But it is just going to happen under this regime!!

  • 2014-2015 is looking like a real interesting year . Will we make the playoffs , or will we bomb for one more year and try to get Connar David .
    Also I am very interested in this year’s trading deadline . Will McTavish make any Bold moves ?

  • vetinari

    Wow. This may be the only game before the Olympic break that the Oilers may win… depressing…

    GDP: Oilers 3 Predators 4 (OT)

    OGDP: The PP, PK and 5v5 play will be all subpar.

    NSOGDP: In warmup, Hemsky will be pulled off the ice as the Oilers announce a trade. At the end of the first, Gagner will also be pulled off the ice as a result a trade. Finally, at the end of the second, Nick Schultz will be traded. The return? Two picks and two “role player” forwards who can finally fix our biggest problem– that pesky fourth line.

  • D-Unit

    GDP Oilers lose 4-2, but it’s considered a moral victory due to

    OGDP Perron breaks out of his funk for two. Shea Webber checks Sammy Snow pants into next year. Oilers are unable to trade Gagner because he is injured.

    NSOGDP HENDRICKS gets a Gordon Howe Hat Trick. Shea Webber wears a hat saying fire Lowe. And is traded mid game to the Oilers

    • Slapshot

      Eakin’s is probably telling them to “Swarm, swarm defense, how many times do we have to go over this,nobody’s listening to me” or he could simply be telling them to “CHOP WOOD CARRY WATER….” LOL!!!