Zackattack1111 you are a genius. Watch the video, it’s worth it. Final Score: 4-0 Wild.
I’m not going to lie to you, I’m happy for Devan Dubnyk and all the success he’s having this year. For a guy with “question(s)” about his ability to be a #1 goalie, Devan Dubnyk is almost single handedly dragging the Wild into the playoffs. I bet he laughs every time glances skyward to see MacT in the press box, frantically T9ing his rolodex to try and find help in net. Oh the irony. It is sweet, no? *sigh*
Tonight marked the 60th game of the season, for the Oilers, and I’d bet that 48 of those games have had terrible starts. The Minnesota Wild are now 19-3-2 when leading after one period, and after taking a 2-0 lead after 20, the Oilers couldn’t really get much going to make their way back into this one. To be blunt, the Wild are a better hockey team. They capitalized on their chances, got great goaltending, and didn’t give the Oilers a chance to get much done.
At the end of the day, this was another edition in the long running series of boring Minnesota Wild hockey games. The players may change from time to time, but the moral of the story is always the same. If you get down to the Wild early, it’s going to be a battle to steal the lead away. That was the story again tonight. Couple that with the fact that the Oilers played with about as much inspiration as whiskey dick, and you’re set for a bad night.
Not only was tonight bad, it stunk in a way that only death can provide. Imagine the hockey equivalent of unplugging your freezer full of meat and parking it out in the sun. This is what the Oilers look like without Taylor Hall, and what they’re going to look like without Jeff Petry. Tonight’s game was ugly, and I think it’s going to get worse. Can’t wait to do it all again tomorrow!
THE BRIGHT SIDE
- The #HereComeTheOilers hashtag was great again tonight. Frankly, Twitter was way more fun than watching the hockey game.
- The Ben Scrivens glove save in the second period was a thing of beauty. He scooped the doorstep line drive like a first basemen. Scrivens was mashing the boost button on that one. Scrivens played well regardless of the score. He didn’t really have a chance on all three Minnesota goals, and he made some big saves as his team left him out to dry. Scrivens finished with 25 saves and an .862 save%. Again, not much help though.
- The Yakupov-Roy duo was effective again tonight. I was happy to hear MacT say that they’re looking to keep him. Stats wise he’s not a huge upgrade over Marcobello, but the experience he has is priceless.
- There weren’t as many “the Oilers could use a goalie like Dubnyk” jokes as I expected.
THE FACE PALMERS
- Devan Dubnyk is on fire right now, and it’s annoying. Before last year’s cluster funk, Dubnyk sported a .916, .914, .921 save% in the three previous seasons. WE WOULD KILL FOR THAT RIGHT NOW! What a difference a year, and some hindsight can make. Were you really surprised that he got a shutout? He’s 5-0 against the Oilers this season.
- I thought this game was over after the second period. It was not.
- Speaking of the second period, the Oilers only had 10 shots after 40 minutes.
- Benoit Pouliot should not be playing centre. His line was invisible all night. Why do the Oilers love trying out wingers in the middle? I don’t get it.
- RIP Yak’s point streak.
- The Oilers finished this game with 15 shots on goal. Dubnyk should have to put an asterisk beside that shutout.
- The game finally ended.
- The #McJesus movement continues.
BEST OF THE TWEETS
— Ryan B. (@IAmByks) February 21, 2015
I think I speak for Yakupov when I say “Give Roy a reasonable amount of dollars to stay with me forever.”
— TheTowelBoy (@TheTowelBoy) February 21, 2015
@jsbmbaggedmilk They probably have bunk beds and make their own beef jerky!
— Kris (@TheGuyNamedKris) February 21, 2015
@OilersNation Just put Schultz and Petry in front of Dubnyk as a screen The flashbacks will cause him anxiety and we’ll win by six
— Taylor S (@simmer35) February 21, 2015
@OilersNation We trying to help the Wild knock Calgary out the playoffs. We’re team league players yo.
— Kyle Eldstrom (@KEldstrom) February 21, 2015
@OilersNation They probably also don’t know that it takes at least 8 years to do it properly.
— teslahockey (@teslahockey) February 21, 2015
— John MacKinnon (@rjmackinnon) February 21, 2015
@jsbmbaggedmilk just another game where Taylor Hall contributed nothing.
— Con-Air McDavid (@ConAirMcDavid) February 21, 2015
— Joel Bosch (@Jbosch03) February 21, 2015
@OilersNation The Dubnyk shutout wasn’t a matter of if, it was a matter of when
— Gerard Murray (@GMurray237) February 21, 2015
Happy for Dubnyk. A classy dude who got chased out of town. He would shovel my grandmas snow in the winters when we was here. @OilersNation
— Tom Dobie (@DJCheesyB) February 21, 2015
You know you’re hiliarious, now you need to show me. Tweet your Oilers related jokes and one liners to @jsbmbaggedmilk or @OilersNation for your chance at landing in the best of the tweets. Let’s make smiles, here people.
THEOILERSRIG.COM MS FUNDRAISER
The time has finally come! I’ve been plugging this event all week, and now it’s finally here! Tomorrow, our friends at theoilersrig.com will be auctioning off some really great items in an effort to raise money for MS research. What’s up for grabs? They’ve got a signed Connor McDavid team Canada jersey, a Ryan Smyth autographed farewell canvas, a Warren Moon autographed photos, door prizes, and a lot more. The point is, the Oilers Rig crew put together a really collection of items to be auctioned off for an even better cause.
If you don’t have plans set for February 21st (that’s tomorrow, people) at 4pm, you do now. I need to you to roll your carcass off the couch and head down to Brewsters to support what they’re doing here. Shout out to our friends at the Oilers Rig for doing what they can to raise money for such a great cause. If you’re looking for more details on the event, the article with all the details is here. You can also hit up the Oilers Rig on Twitter, or ask any of their fine stable of writers to guide you.