GDB 7.0 WRAP UP: CAPITALS @ OILERS

WE’RE GOING STREAKING! Final Score: 3-2 Oilers.

I was fired up about tonight’s game. After Monday’s win against Tampa, I was ready to go on a winning streak.  I want to throw on my Nation Hoodie tomorrow, and strut down Jasper Ave like a man with a 20 pound bulge. When the Oilers are winning, the city is a better place to be.  I want to have that feeling again.  I want to see a stranger in an Oilers jersey and give him a high five, because that’s how things are supposed to go in this city! Well, the Oilers won and I encourage you all to high five a stranger tomorrow.

When Ovechkin is in town, everyone had better be on notice. Before tonight’s game, Ovi had already popped in 5 goals this season, and the Oilers had to be aware of him.  They had to come up with the same kind of defensive effort that they had on Monday night against Tampa Bay. Amazingly, they were able to shut him down. In fact, until the 3rd period, you didn’t even hear very much about Ovechkin at all. What the hell happened to this team? Shutting down the stars (Backstrom aside) is like a tongue kiss for my emotions.  I’ve been so used to watching the Oilers give up goals that I’m not sure how to react anymore? It’s amazing!

Let’s wrap this up…

THE BRIGHT SIDE

Peaking

  • The Canadian National anthem was awesome. Well done, Nation. Shout out to Sportsnet for showing it.
  • I’m digging the salt and pepper look on Ovechkin.
  • The 4th line was really good again. Over Internet high five for having a competent 4th (checking?) line.
  • #SchultzForNorris
  • Draisaitl and Yakupov playing pass with each other on the Power Play. It was adorable and hilarious.
  • Nikitin scored! Goal #1 for my goat. All the best to him, I hope he makes me look dumb for deeming him goat-worthy.
  • Scrivens was solid when they needed him. 

THE FACE PALMERS

Cheetos

  • Nick Backstrom was able to hit a milestone against the Oilers. I refuse to acknowledge which one.
  • What kind of paperwork do we need to fill out to have the Oilers moved to the Eastern Conference?
  • Mike Green found a way out of 2009. Must have been a time machine.
  • Glenn Healy said, in all seriousness, that he would be trade both Eberle and Yakupov to help the Oilers get better.
  • The yellow spotlights they shine on the ice between plays.
  • More like NOvechkin, am I right?

BEST OF THE TWEETS

When you’re watching the game, be sure to tweet at @OilersNation or @jsbmbaggedmilk for your chance to have your tweets show up in the GDB Wrap Up. 

KLONDIKE CYCLE BEAT UP BAG CONTEST

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I wanted to take a second to mention the contest that our friends at Klondike Cycle are putting on.  What is the contest? I’ll tell you.  All you have to do is tweet Klondike Cycle (@GoKlondikeCycle) a picture of your beat up hockey bag and you’ll be entered to win a new CCM Ribcore stick, and a new CCM hockey bag.

If you’ve got a p.o.s. for a hockey bag, be sure to grab your phone and tweet them a picture. The winner will be announced via Twitter on October 31st. Godspeed, Internet friends.

  • Mike Krushelnyski

    The more comments about being soft still , makes more sense than ever to keep Draisaitl’s presence on our team to help combat that . To be honest , even if we do make a trade , it might be to replace/upgrade Arco with more size , whom is not physical in that regard . Arco then might go to spare forward . Oilers might bring up Yakimov if he performs well in AHL for more size as well . we are already seeing the benefits of more size on our squad and that trend is likely to remain .

  • Mike Krushelnyski

    Fire Eakins still. Loved the win, he screwed up pre season and added way too much stress to the franchise by not pulling the team together earlier. We have a first and fourth line and some working pieces still not where we need to be. That ear plug Eakins wears makes him look smarter than everyone else right? I am sure that is still his thoughts…..

  • Mike Krushelnyski

    Sorry if this has been mentioned before, but there’s no way Eberle isn’t playing hurt.

    Everytime he touched the puck the play died, which is the complete opposite of the player he usually is. How many times did he get a touch along the boards in the offensive zone, only to give it right back to the Caps? I lost count. He’s a guy like Perron, who can usually keep the play alive no matter what.

    I’d bet he’s definately injured.

  • Hemmercules

    Its almost like Scriv just flipped a switch. After that Pheonix game he flat out said he has to be better and he has been since then. The team is still giving up some 5 star scoring changes but at least we have some goaltending that gives us a chance to win. Keep it up professor!

    Yak looking good too, got some minutes last night, more PP time than anyone else, dropped a few hits. Looks like he should turn out to be a really well rounded player eventually. They better hang on to him or they might regret it.

  • GCW

    The Oilers didn’t deserve to win that game. They got throughly outplayed for large stretches and the keystone cops routines in their own end were hilarious. But a win is a win.

  • Glen The No Clue Commentator and his take on trading both Ebs and Yak did nothing but solidify the fact he should never have any decision making power regarding player personnel for any team ever. Heaven help his sons pee wee team if he ever gets behind the bench.

  • Jordan McNugent-Hallkins

    Kypreos and Healy, what a friggin combination that is. Bring back Milbury for the Rogers hat trick. Chin up guys, only 12 more years of this crap.

    • Jordan McNugent-Hallkins

      They should use Marek and Friedman more, cause those guys are at least sane.

      They realy need to find a way to bring BobbyMac over to the darkside.

      Kypreos, Healy, Stock, Hrudy, Mcguire, MClean all I need to go. I like Millbury at least. Its a shame that Sportsnet has created a great visual product, but their commentators are subpar. I could do without Cassie Campbell. She’s not dumn, but annoying.

  • Rdubb

    Boy oh boy, people in the nation sure jump on & off the oiler bandwagon as much as grasshopper jumping around my dogs mouth teasing him…if you’re an oiler fan, you are an oiler fan, although, when things are going poor for say, 8 straight years, one is definately allowed to bark & growl a fair bit, but must always cheer for them once the anthem is sung…too bad so many people think tossing a jersey on the ice will wake up the boyz, all it it’ll do is piss them off and not want to play for the fans…
    Although i do like the idea of having a streaking party through some of the streets in edmonton.
    I think, if we can hit 6 wins in a row, good olde badgmilk should organize it….
    Just a thought

  • Jordan McNugent-Hallkins

    I said it last year, Gordon’s gotta be one of the of the most important signings the Oil have made in a decade. The guy is a defensive tyrant, not just Oiler good but NHL good. His sidekick Hendricks is also a beast, love how scrappy he is.

  • Jordan McNugent-Hallkins

    Those goofy yellow and blue lights around the faceoff dot make the ice look like a Wonder Bread ad.
    Otherwise great game. I wouldn’t rule out Glenn Healy’s suggestion until I saw some potential return packages.

  • Jordan McNugent-Hallkins

    Nice to see Oilers win a few, nice to see Scrivens stop the bleeding. Not nice to watch the Oilers play the third period like they played the entire game against the Kings.

    It’s tentative optimism, but even if they play exactly how the coach wants them to play, I’m not sure this team is going to stack up against the Pacific.

    I see there’s another “should win” game coming up. I wonder which Oilers squad will show up?

    Having a full year with Hendricks on his wing is already making that Gordon line so good. But if Joensuu keeps playing this way, man that line will give less deep teams fits.

    I really wanted Yak to beat Holtby to that puck. He’s been good so far, but I want good to translate into points.

  • Jordan McNugent-Hallkins

    How has no one commented on Ference’s terrible play yet?

    I counted at least 4 times in the 3rd period alone when he passed the puck directly to a Washington player.

    My goat for sure. I know its not going to happen, but this team would be soooo much better if he were scratched and Klefbom was brought up

    • Jordan McNugent-Hallkins

      I think it kind of goes without saying. I didn’t believe the people who said boo to his contract and said we’d regret it in a couple years. Man was I ever wrong.

    • Randaman

      I commented last night during the 3rd period on this very thing. Petry was being bashed so I interjected that he is playing with Ferrence and that is the real problem. Yes, Klefbom should be brought up and Ferrence should be told that he accepts a trade or he will be bought out. Something has to give because he is absolutely BRUTAL!!

      Petry would look so much better with a real partner.

    • Randaman

      I could see Ference getting moved during the season and Klefbom getting the promotion if he’s ready. Ference is a great Edmontonian, but Taylor Hall is the captain of this team. It’s time he got it pinned on his chest, and I’m sure that as we approach the deadline Ference will seem attractive to a team that plans on making a run in the spring.

      • Hemmercules

        SHHH, don’t tell anyone but the market for smallish, aging defensemen with declining play and a 3.5 mil pay check isn’t exactly high right now. Not to mention he has a NTC I believe.

        I think the Oilers are stuck with this guy for the duration. I thought he played decent last night but not without warts. Looked like he cleared the zone a couple times in the final minutes there. Wonder if any teams are looking for 3.5 mil puck dumpers???

        I should add that I think Ference is a helluva guy and probably great in the room but I’m not sure why the Oilers are always so quick to paste a C on someone. Adds undue pressure sometimes I think. Should have let it ride with no captain and paste it on Hall eventually. Leaders gonna lead with or without the C.

        • bazmagoo

          NMCs usally are invoked by players being shipped to Edmonton. I’m not sure that Ference wouldn’t see the chance to go to a contender as a good thing and happilly waive his clause. As far as the market for him goes when GMs need to add at the deadline and opportunities are drying up Ference will be seen as a guy that can help and his name and history will give him a bit of value so the Gm can tell his press conference that he added a veteran defenceman who’s been team captain and owns a Stanley Cup ring. I honestly beleive that if the Oilers want to move him it won’t be that difficult.

          • Hemmercules

            Fair points for sure. I just don’t see it. If he’s playing well near the deadline they probably won’t want to trade him, if he’s playing poorly I don’t think the interest will be high enough for a team to risk taking him on with years still left on his contract. Were he in a contract year I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see him traded at some point this season.

            He’s also born in Edmonton and already has a cup ring. Jumping ship probably isn’t in his plans even if the team doesn’t do well this season. Finishing your career on a rising team in your hometown sounds pretty good.

      • Hemmercules

        He has a no movement clause, he’s not going anywhere unless they buy him out. But look on the bright side, his contract is only for 3 more years. Ugh.

    • bazmagoo

      Ference and Nikitin have looked horrible in the defensive zone. They both really need to be playing 3rd pairing, soft parade minutes. I’m still hoping we can snag Braydon Schenn somehow, maybe for Petry plus a prospect/pick. He’d be a legitimate stay at home partner for Schultz. Nikitin can still get some extra ice time with his bomb on the powerplay to make that signing/trade look somewhat respectable.

  • ubermiguel

    Further to Lowetide’s article on Baby Nuge a few days back, more evidence last night that Nuge’s shot is actually pretty good. It’s not powerful, but it’s sneaky. Glad he’s shooting more.

  • Just a Fan

    Ok thank god I’m not alone here. I just hope coaching and management are noticing as well. I think Ference has a NMC so possibly the only option is to healthy scratch him. Would surely send a message of accountability to the whole team

  • Bucknuck

    I’m sure these two games gave the team a lot of defensive confidence to go, see, if we do this, we can shut down one player for most periods. The problem is going to come when they play a team like LA.

  • bazmagoo

    Dr Drai looked much better last night that he did vs Tampa.

    I’m still of the opinion they should sign a centre and send Drai to PA. I think this is still obvious, just not as obvious. However, if he continues to improve game to game he could be pretty amazing by the end of the year.

    • Hemmercules

      I thought I heard from Drai’s camp before that season that if he didn’t make the team he would go play in Europe against men instead of playing junior.

      Or am I out to lunch?

  • ubermiguel

    Yellow fricken laserbeams!!

    Is Austin Powers in the house or is Pocklington pissing down on the unwashed?

    Cuz, nothin screams Oilers hockey and tradition like the colour YELLOW! AMIRIGHT???

  • pkam

    Can we stop complaining the yellow spotlight? We have a 2 game winning streak, but instead of celebrating, it is complaining about the yellow spotlight?

    If the Oilers can keep on winning, I couldn’t care having the yellow spotlight for the rest of the year.