GDB 23.0 Wrap Up: Oilers @ Predators

At least we got a point? Final Score: 1-0 Predators in OT.

From the reactions on Twitter, it seemed like the thing that we all seemed to be waiting for was whether or not the Oilers could keep the losing streak alive. Would the Oilers actually be able to stroll into Nashville and pull off the ever elusive 8-game losing streak? With the way this game started, I thought that the Oilers might actually win this thing! I couldn’t believe my eyes. They actually played like an NHL team! Great success! 

The story of the night, for the Predators, was Pekka Rinne. The Oilers could not put one past him despite outshooting the Predators 37-25. Rinne has absolutely owned the Oilers this season, and tonight was no different. Tonight’s game was also another example of how the power play isn’t working.  I don’t know if different personnel combinations are required, or the whole power play plan should be burned with hell fire. Either way, the Oilers are not scoring on the PP and it’s going to keep costing them games until it’s corrected.

On a positive note, I thought Viktor Fasth had a really solid game.  He made the saves he needed to make, and kept the Oilers in the game.  Even though the Oilers had more shots than the Predators, the shots they did get were really solid scoring chances. When you couple good chances with Pekka Rinne standing on his head, this makes for a tough loss to swallow for the Oilers.  They deserved to win, but didn’t. Moral victories all around… *sigh*

We wrap.

THE BRIGHT SIDE

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  • I hate saying that sitting Justin Schultz was a bright side, but he needed to feel some accountability. Frankly, it was long overdue.
  • The Oilers jerseys are much better looking than the Predators jerseys.
  • Good start tonight. The Oilers were outshooting the Preds 9-0 in the first 8/9 minutes of the first period. Pekka Rinne, however, is a massive problem.
  • Really solid game from Viktor Fasth, but it’s tough to win if you don’t score goals.
  • Solid night for the Oilers in the faceoff dot.

THE FACE PALMERS

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  • Shea Weber’s shot should be classified as a weapon – it’s unfair and it scares me. I think he may have amputated Hendricks’ leg with only a wrist shot.
  • I’m not sure why Marincin was scratched, but he’s a better option than Keith Aulie. If the Oilers are not going to play him, they should send him down to OKC so he can play some minutes.
  • The power play remains gross. At least they didn’t allow a shortie tonight. Bright side?
  • I hate Pekka Rinne. He dominance of the Oilers is annoying, and he must be stopped!

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  • bradleypi

    The Preds never even tried last night and they won. Playing against the Spoilers are always 2 free pts in the win column.
    Glad to see Justin “Norris” Schultz watched the game from the stands though. Taylor Hall looked bad on the OT goal by an 11th overall pick in 2012.
    Tonight the Mighty Oilers will get their bottoms owned by the Blues. Prediction: Blues win 6-2.
    This Oilers line up is super exciting for real hockey fans as our own teams can always get 2 pts!!!

    Good job MacT for detecting legit NHL talent!
    Good job KLowe for knowing a thing or two about winning!
    Good job Eakins for that D swarm!
    Good job Katz for the new arena!

    GO HABS GO!!!!!

  • Andy7190

    Actually I thought this was a pretty good road game for the Oilers against a tough opponent.

    Oiler player came to the defense of team mates (Aulie).

    Pekka was the difference in the game although 500 shots by Oilers from boards and blueline with no one in front shouldn’t count (Fayne had 6 with no traffic in front).

    I do wonder though why the hell Nikitin wasn’t benched for the third. He game deteriorated as he got tired. No look passes in defensive zone that ended up on Pred sticks. And if I recall correctly (too much game rum) it was his pinch and trip on broken stick that led to Oilers getting trapped in their end for the Pred OT goal.

    Maybe we can look forward to a win against Blues now. Bwahahahahahaha!

  • bradleypi

    Today is Black Friday in North America. The Blues in tonight’s game are expecting the Friday SALE of a victory over the Oilers. The Oilers are expected to accommodate.The Oilers are best Western Visitors
    In the league.Keep up the Tradition!!?

  • vetinari

    Today is Black Friday in North America. The Blues in tonight’s game are expecting the Friday SALE of a victory over the Oilers. The Oilers are expected to accommodate.The Oilers are best Western Visitors
    In the league.Keep up the Tradition!!?

  • JBear

    Wow what a bunch of whiners here. I know it’s frustrating to watch them lose but it took OT and a very very tired line for the 4th best team in the league (with a game in hand) to defeat the Oilers. It’s improvement and shows us when the goaltenders are doing their jobs, the team isn’t over compensating, making glaring defensive gaffs, or playing Justin Schultz they can actually play with the best of them.