GDB 55.0 Wrap Up: Oilers @ Islanders

If they’re going to lose, you’ve gotta love a little ELPH. Final Score: 3-2 Islanders

Before tonight’s game started, the Oilers were 1-4-2 in the second game of a back-to-back.  Needless to say, I didn’t have much hope… again.  If I were to guess, I’d say this is probably the 51st time that I’ve felt that way, this year (it’s the 55th game if you’re counting along at home).  What I’m saying is that how can you expect a good game when you don’t even expect the Oilers to compete for the win?  

Tonight’s game actually ended up being a lot more entertaining than I expected.  Taylor Hall will be out for the next six weeks (just shut him down for the year, what’s the point?), Benoit Pouliot is still a couple days away from playing, and yet the Oilers are finding a way to stay in these games.  The Islanders are a better team than the Devils, and the Oilers were able to compete despite the depleted lineup.

You have to give the Oilers credit, they were able to play entertaining style of hockey against a good Islanders team, and on the third game in four nights.   ELPH was back tonight, my friends.  This game was more entertaining that it could have been, and the Oilers also made a tactical move against our enemies in Buffalo. As sad as it is to say, losses aren’t nearly as annoying when the team shows some actual effort.  Is that bad?

If nothing else, the Oilers should be able to take something away from the kind of effort they put in on back to back nights.  The Islanders are one of the stronger teams in the East (the East, I know) and the Oilers were right there.  That was a tough loss for the Oilers, who worked hard even though they were tired and going through injuries.  As a fan, the effort was appreciated.  

We wrap.

THE BRIGHT SIDE

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  • I will never get tired of seeing a guy score his first NHL goal.  Good for Ryan Hamilton.  He deflected a Nail Yakupov shot from the side boards to beat Halak.  I’m sure he’ll tell his grandkids that he sniped it top shelf, but they all count.  It was also nice to see an Oiler score their first goal, rather than an opponent do it against the Oilers like usual.  
  • Anton Lander scored his second goal of the season on the power play.  It’s nice that he’s been able to add a little bit of offence to go with his defensive play.  There just might be a hockey player there.  It’s a short sample, but I’m pulling for him.  The Oilers rushed him into the NHL, and that wasn’t his fault.  Maybe at the ripe old age of 23 he’s starting to figure it out.  We’ll see.
  • Now that we know Ben Scrivens is out for the time being (he’s listed as day to day), we may get a better look at what Viktor Fasth can do with the starting job.  He played well tonight, finishing with 21 saves and a .913 save%.
  • The power play scored two goals tonight.  I feel like it’s been a long time since the Oilers have scored two power play goals in a week, let alone in the same game.
  • Remember that time that Brian Williams scored 50 goals in 39 games? Good times. 

THE FACE PALMERS

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  • Taylor Hall is out for six weeks, thus putting an end to a rough year.  You know he didn’t have the kind of year he was expecting to have after going a point/game last year.
  • Ben Scrivens got hurt in last night’s win… somehow… probably because he’s an Oiler and the hockey gods love taunting us. 
  • The ice at Nassau Coliseum looked absolutely awful.  The puck was bouncing all over the place.
  • The offence was carried by the OKC callups tonight.  If the Oilers are going to win games, they’re going to need more than that.

  • The Oilers drop to 1-5-2 in the 2nd of back to back games.

  • That was a tank job that I can live with — for this season — and probably many more to come… because it’s the Oilers.

SCORING SUMMARY

From TSN.ca

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    • bradleypi

      The most ridiculous comment I’ve read yet. Hamilton got a lucky tip in and lander scores his SECOND goal of the year and oilersnation thinks the cavalry is here. You must have been waiting all year for the chance to post that comment

      • WTF2

        Lander and Klef have been playing well for weeks. Marincin has looked really good the last few nights. Hamilton played well last night. Collectively, they were the best of the bunch against the Isle and do give the appearance of being well coached. I may have missed the cavalry comments but the rest seems like a reasonable statement to me.

        • bradleypi

          Marincin has been pretty average, klefblom has been on the big club the majority of the year, lander is a career ahler getting a chance because there’s no one better and Hamilton was lucky that yaks shot hit his stick. He’ll be back in the minors as soon as pouliot is back. Eberle has been carrying this team lately. But oilersnation will absolutely refuse to admit that for reasons that are beyond me. Always so quick to blame hall, ebs and Schultz but never give them credit when it’s due.

          • pkam

            Klefbom started the season and played 9 games in OKC so technically he is still an OKC call up.

            I agree Ryan Hamilton will be back in the minors as soon as Pouliot is back. But he was pretty good last night. Yes, the puck hit his stick but isn’t it the way deflection works? If the puck didn’t hit his stick, Halak would probably stop it, wouldn’t he? And all this wouldn’t have happened if he didn’t go to the net. Tell me which Oilers was going to the net other than Pouliot?

            I also agree Marincin has been pretty average but he has been better than Ference in the last 3 games he played.

            Lander is a career AHLer? He has 2G 7A 9 pts and -2 in 18 games, how many AHLers will have this kind of productivity?

            Is Roy a NHLer? He is 4G 5A 9 pts and -4 in 19 games. And Roy has better line mates in Pouliot and Yak in most of his 19 games while Lander has Fraser and Gazdic for majority of his games.

            How about Gordon? 10 pts and -4 in 50 games. I guess Roy and Gordon are AHLers as well.

            I know it is a small sample size so it cannot prove Lander is an NHLer yet, but it is hardly an indication that he is a career AHLer. If these 18 games give any indication, it is all pointing upward instead of downward.

          • bradleypi

            So you throw at me stats for lander and Roy for 19 games then admit it’s a small sample size. And completely neglect to mention the fact that Roy has been an established nhler for about 10 years now and is basically winding down his career while lander can barely get his feet wet in the show. Ya good argument. If Eberle was not on the ice on that power play, lander doesn’t score. That’s the same argument you used on hamiltons goal. We could do this all day. If oilersnation had it their way, this team would be full of 4th liners that would never be able to put the puck in the net. To say that the ahlers won that game last night is ludicrous.

  • Positive Ray of Sunshine

    Fasth was 25/28 for 0.893. That third goal was a killer. Not that it matters in the grand scheme of the universe, but I’m not so ready to give him a Milkbone and a pat on the nose.