Goodbye, my sweet DP. We had a good time, but not for a long time. Final Score: 2-1 Avalanche in the shootout.
It’s unfortunate that the Oilers game started during the Canada/Denmark game, because it forced me to choose which game I watched. Since I have to do these wrap ups for every game, the natural choice was to finish watching Team Canada blow out Denmark. There’s something nice about watching a winning hockey team, even if it is only a junior tournament (it’s so good though).
Of course, I’m still butt hurt about the Oilers taking another step backwards with the David Perron trade. You can argue that the Oilers got fair value for Perron, but another draft pick isn’t going to help the team get better. Unless, of course, MacT plans on trading that pick (as part of a package) for a proven player. There are rumours out there that Perron wanted out, and I can’t say that I blame him as much as that hurts to say. The Oilers got worse today, but maybe that’s part of the plan.
Despite it all, there was a game tonight. As for the lineup, the Oilers subbed in one Quebecois for another with Benoit Pouliot. Although I would have preferred to have both Perron and Pouliot going into tonight’s game, it wasn’t meant to be. To Pouliot’s credit, he had a really solid game. He was strong in front of the net, and was rewarded with a power play goal. It’s nice to have some net presence back in the lineup. Despite a decent effort, the Oilers lost in the shootout.
THE BRIGHT SIDE
- Nice to see Benoit Pouliot back in the lineup. He played well in first game since November 21st. He scored the tying goal in the 3rd period.
- McDavid looked really good tonight.
- Ben Scrivens played well. He finished the game making 27 saves and wound up with a .964 save%. Now to see if he can do it consistently.
- The power play seems to have a plan under Todd Nelson.
THE FACE PALMERS
- I miss David Perron. I’m getting really bored of this veterans-for-magic-beans game plan.
- Snoozer of a start to this one.
- I kept thinking about how the countdown is on until Jeff Petry is traded for an underwhelming return.
- Daniel Briere had a 12 game scoring drought going. The Oilers were sure to end that for him.
- The Oilers have a tough time scoring goals, which makes the David Perron trade all the more puzzling to me.
- Varlamov was really good tonight. Finished with 27 saves and a .964 save%.
- Taylor Hall looks disinterested, at times. I’m not saying I blame him, but I also expect more from him.
BEST OF THE TWEETS
@OilersNation it is ok will watch the future oiler. And he is winning
— mojo (@MesaMoe) January 3, 2015
@OilersNation the hockey gods. Finally giving us something to cheer for during an oilers game.
— Brandon Parsons (@Bparsonsproject) January 3, 2015
Switching between the Canada game and the Oiler game is like switching back and forth between Die Hard and Gigli.
— Brian Dean (@briandean1981) January 3, 2015
Seriously, what the hell am I supposed to write about that period?
— Rob Tychkowski (@Sun_Tychkowski) January 3, 2015
@OilersNation I hope Denmark can get it into OT, I don’t want too watch the Oilers too soon.
— Allan MacMillan (@AllanMM11) January 3, 2015
— Jonathan Willis (@JonathanWillis) January 3, 2015
— Oiler Punch (@OilerPunch) January 3, 2015
Losses are so much more enjoyable without David “I hate losing” Perron moping around the locker room.
— Craig MacTavish (@FakeOilersGM) January 3, 2015
@OilersNation I’d rather have DP.
— Shanalee (@Shanalee1982) January 3, 2015
Oilers deserved better. Actually “visibly better” under Nelson.
— Matt Becigneul (@mattbecigneul) January 3, 2015
*Life will not change in any way. Thank you.
THE JANUARY CONTEST IS COMING
As you know, we like to give away Wanye’s stuff around here when he’s not around. As such, I have just figured out what we’ll be doing for the January contest. All I’ll say, for now, is that you’d better find a program to make memes. Stay tuned to the Nation for the theme of the contest, the rules, and the prizes.