GDB 32.0 Wrap Up: Oilers @ Coyotes

Welcome back, MacT! Final Score: 2-1 Coyotes in OT.

Obviously, everyone was going to be watching this game to see how the Oilers performed under the Reign of MacT 2.0.  Wasn’t it hilarious to see MacT behind the bench again?  When OilersNation started, around these parts, we once had a FMNF acronym before hashtagging was even a thing.  Ahhh, the memories.  It meant “Fire MacTavish Now Fu…” Whoops. Sponsors, man.  Anyway, back then, the GDB’s were filled with the usual suspects of commenters that formed what was then known as the Justice League.  A lot of those people are still around, two of us are even employed by the Nation.

At the time, we wanted Craig MacTavish to be fired as the head coach of the Edmonton Oilers.  We were all so certain that maybe, just maybe, a new coach would turn this thing around.  Maybe a new coach would be able to guide the Oilers back into the playoffs.  We debated, in the comments section, for hours.  If only we had known then just how far down this rabbit hole would go.  So for me, seeing MacT back behind the bench was both nostalgic, and really sad at the same time.  In OilersNation’s infancy, we thought that a new coach would be the answer.  That was four coaches ago, and, somehow, we’ve dropped even further in the standings from where we were at back then.  How has this happened? 

The Oilers did seem to have some jump tonight, at first.  Then, throughout the entire 2nd period, the Coyotes basically had their way with the Oilers.  The Oilers were outshot by a ratio of 5 to 1 in the 2nd period.  If it weren’t for Scrivens, the Oilers would have been down by 2 or 3 goals.  Their play did improve in the 3rd period, and parts of overtime, but it was very apparent that Todd Nelson has a lot of work to do.  I mean, we all know that, but now Todd Nelson knows that.

We wrap.

THE BRIGHT SIDE

RainbowLove

  • MacT is still as handsome behind the bench as he was in 2008.
  • Nugey is the NHL’s greatest toddler.  Nuge is starting to carry the play a lot, and he’s only going to get better.
  • Neither Sam Gagner nor Tobias Rieder scored tonight! Every small victory counts.
  • It was nice to hear the media speaking positively about Todd Nelson.  They said the same kind of things about Eakins 2 years ago, but a few nice words are nice to hear every now and then.
  • Matt Hendricks was solid on faceoffs all night.  
  • Scrivens was really solid.  He was the the only reason the Oilers were in this game. Scrivens finished with a .955 save%.

THE FACE PALMERS

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  • Having Justin Schultz and Brad Hunt as a pairing was absolutely terrifying.
  • At least MacT got a first hand look at how bad the Oilers can be.  They were dominated throughout the 2nd period, outshot 26 to 5.  If not for Scrivens, they would have been way down.
  • I can’t believe that’s how the Oilers played with the GM standing on the bench.  It’s not like the Coyotes are setting the world on fire.  
  • I can’t figure out what Brad Hunt does, aside from having a big shot? Anyone?
  • Todd Nelson has a ton of work to do.

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  • cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan

    im late to the party, but i see tryharder went full Oiler last night on the boards.

    You NEVER go full Oiler. It is a ledge one may approach, but should never leap off.

    **shakes head**

  • Salty

    OK Bloggers – what can Nelson / MacT do today to help the team by way of line up changes? Who should they bring up from OKC and or send down ? Who would you trade today ?

    All I know is that I would reunite Eberle with Hall and the Nuge. I would like to send Draisatl back to Junior or somewhere.

    I would bring up Marincin and send back Hunt.

    I would bring up either Lander or Jason Williams. Probably Lander for his last chance. I would tell Lander that he is here for the year.

    So far I do not mind Davidson – so he stays for now.

    As far as trades – they have to make a decision on Yak soon. I bet that next year he goes back to Russia.

  • The Oilers Shot Clock

    This is the day we mark as “THE BOTTOM-Hockey Gods just gave us one last kick in the junk. Let’s rally behind Todd Nelson now and start the long hard climb up the mountain. THIS IS IT!!
    Right NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • WTF2

    I’ve been an Oilers fan for as long as I can remember and like many of you have reached a crossroads, unsure what do to now as a true fan. I’m in my mid 30’s and like you work hard for a living, spending that precious free time with family and of course watching the Oilers. Now I will challenge anyone who calls me a “fair weather fan” or a “band-wagon jumper”. Hear me out for a second.

    Eakins statement to keep patient really got me thinking. He is right, it takes time to fix something that is broken but my feelings I express now are more than just the loss from last night or the way the season has gone this year or last year. This is a message fueled by 20+ years of “mediocre” hockey. The Oilers have squeeked into the playoffs 7 times since the 92-93 season, I want to emphasize “squeeked in”.
    I find myself not jumping off the band wagon but standing out of the seat I’ve occupied for 35 years, removing my jersey and placing it on the seat to reserve it for better times in the future. I won’t jump off the wagon potentially breaking my ankles but slowly and carefully climb down. I find myself here now unsure of what to do next. I might go to another wagon and peer inside at another teams wagon and watch a game or two just for the sake of watching hockey, a game we all obviously love to watch and enjoy.

    I can no longer spend that precious free time watching the Oilers struggle to score 1 or 2 goals a game and have their goalie stand on his head to just keep the game close and not a complete blow out. This is no longer enjoyable for me and for many of you I am sure. I believe fans like me have earned the right to step off the band wagon only just temporarily and go watch another team just for the sake of watching this wonderful game.

    Eakins, my patience has run out and hopefully one day the Oilers get it right and I can quietly slip back into that familiar seat on the band wagon and truly enjoy watching this team once again. Ill drop by once in-awhile but I am no longer as fanatical about this hockey club as I once was.
    Good luck to all who stay on the wagon and keep me informed on how they are doing. I’ll always be an Oilers fan but I’m a bigger fan of the actual game they play. Good luck to Nelson and the players. Hopefully they can figure something out.

    • Chainsawz

      Did I blackout, log in under a different user, and type this? I was heavy into the eggnogs last night but only to a lampshade-on-my-head level…

      Well frickin’ said. You and me are on the same page, should start a support group: “Fans of Hockey That Would Like to Cheer for a Capable Oilers Team. No Jeanshorts Allowed.”

  • Serious Gord

    With the loser point the oil move up to 29th. The canes are the worst team in the league especially if one adjusts for the western dominance.

    They had a GM/president who signed some awful players, hired friends, and generally made lots of bad decisions for years. The canes finally managed to edge him out and now they look to be the favorite in the mcdavid sweepstakes.

    I wish the oil would fire their president and turn the page…

  • Gilmore Tuttle

    In the words of the immortal Dr. Seuss and the spirit of the Grinch – Stink, stank, stunk.

    Those that credit MacTurd with the ’06 run have obviously forgotten the fact that the team backdoored into those playoffs by 1 point. How many years would this pathetic excuse for a franchise have missed the playoffs had they missed that year too?

  • Jordan McNugent-Hallkins

    We need to stop losing in overtime. This is getting ridiculous. We are 0-6 in OT this year. That is six loser points we got for no reason and is a good reason why Dallas Eakins was fired. He needed to understand that we needed to lose before going to overtime to prevent us from getting that extra point. Now we are in 29th in the NHL which doesnt do us squat. Clearly Eakins didnt understand the direction of this team and was coaching to win even though that is hardly possible. I think what we will see from Todd Nelson is our goalie being pulled often during tie games to ensure we dont lose in regulation but lose when it counts.

    The oilers suck

  • 99CupsofCoffey

    I’m interested to see who MacT will put in net for the next game. Scrivens made 42 saves and didn’t make it to the SO because of shoddy defence (and his own lack of a save admittedly). With the “old” coaching system he would have been benched immediately for the loss.

    It was like bad high school coaching, where any mistake meant riding the pine, which made players gunshy.

  • Oiler Fan 16

    Bringing Nelson in before you have bothered with the effort to straighten things out in the dressing room is another example of MacT’s poor decision making capabilities.

    The GM (Unfortunately it is MacT in the Oilers case) has to go into the room and get a few things straight and THEN bring in the new guy a few weeks later, not right away. MacT painted himself into another corner.

    What does the team have to gain by getting Nelson in there right now? MacT should coach for a few games and then move Nelson in with a chance of success by helping him with some guidance on what he discovered.

    Then Nelson goes in and gets a view and shortly after that they can compare notes and make some good personnel decisions.

    Both of them in there is just confusing for everyone like the oilerbaron mentioned.

    Brutal, MacT, brutal.