The Oilers have officially been eliminated from the playoffs. MATH WINS AGAIN! Final Score: 5-2 Red Wings.
The good thing about tonight’s game is that it would be really hard for the Oilers to play as miserably as they did yesterday. Frankly, I’m not even sure they’d be able to achieve that level of shitacular® play if they tried. I’ve seen some bad hockey games in the past nine years, but that has to rank up with the best of the worst. With that said, I felt reasonably confident that the Oilers would be better tonight. Okay, so maybe that’s not setting the bar that high – what do you want from me?
Through 20 minutes, I thought that the Oilers were going to prove my feelings to be correct. I thought that maybe the Oilers were going to bounce back, and possibly win, after yesterday’s walk on dog shit island. Fortunately, reality slapped me right in the face as the Wings tied the game up only 21 seconds into the second period. From there, Detroit took over ever aspect of this hockey game. Save for a few moments, the Wings prevented the Oilers from developing any kind of offensive pressure. Any time Edmonton seemed to get something going, the chance was short lived and the Wings were attacking the other way.
The Wings closed out the game by denying the Oilers at every turn. The killer might have been the Oilers inability to score on the power play. In five chances (including a 5 on 3 in the third period), the Oilers couldn’t score when it mattered (Yak scored at the end of the game). While they were able to move the puck around effectively, passing the puck around the boards won’t win you hockey games. At the end of the day, this game WAS better than yesterday’s, so that’s positive. People have been telling me I’m too negative so I wanted to end this wrap up on a high note. SO… let’s talk about the grilled cheese and tomato soup that I just finished eating. It. Was. Good.
THE BRIGHT SIDE
- Great start for the Oilers tonight (to the first period anyway). Not only did they take the lead on an early goal from Rob Klinkhammer (his fifth of the season but first as an Oiler), they held the Wings from getting their first shot until the nine minute mark.
- Back to Klinkhammer, I always like seeing guys on the fourth line scoring goals. Those guys work hard, bang away in the corners, and it’s always nice to see them rewarded for it.
- Nuge played really well tonight. He didn’t show up on the scoreboard, but he’s doing all the things that are going to make him a great player. Also, I don’t know how many of you have noticed but Nugey is starting to develop an edge. Could it be? He was throwing a few cheeky slashes out there, and I am happy to see it.
- Nail Yakupov has an absolute bomb of a shot. He scored (his 10th) on a one-timer from the point. It was too late to matter, but it was a hell of a shot. It’s nice to see that the Yak haters have calmed down a little bit. I will continue to proudly wave my Nail Yakupov fan club flag.
- Anton Lander also had a good night in his return from injury. Of all the OKC callups, Lander easily has the best defensive awareness. If he can continue to develop his offence the Oilers may just have a player there. Good thing he passed through waivers earlier in the year.
THE FACE PALMERS
- I had to Google what Taylor Hall’s face looks like. I miss him. Although, I do wonder what he’s been thinking to see the team “playing better” without him in the lineup.
- Kronwall scored his first goal in seven games just 21 seconds into the second period. Another player ending a slump against the Oilers! The precious is in sight.
- The Oilers got caught puck watching on the Riley Sheahan goal. He was left alone in the slot and banged home a loose puck. Swarm?
- Look at who the Oilers had as their six defenceman tonight: Schultz-Klefbom, Ference-Oesterle, Fayne-Marincin. What a crew that is… MacT had better upgrade his phone plan this summer.
- I don’t think Jordan Oesterle is ready for the NHL. He played 50 professional games before the Oilers recalled him, and it’s obvious that needs more time to develop. That’s by no means a slag against him, but an indication of where he’s at and more importantly where the Oilers defensive depth is at.
- It wasn’t a great night for Ben Scrivens but you can’t really blame him either. He had no chance on the second goal, the defence got caught puck watching and Sheahan had a tap in. I’m sure he’d say he should have played better but he didn’t get much help again tonight. Scrivens finished with 21 saves and an .875 save%.
- Even though they’ve been out of it since November, the Oilers were officially eliminated from the playoffs tonight.
BEST OF THE TWEETS
The Oilers have more shots less than 5 minutes in tonight than they did in 30+ minutes against Carolina yesterday #HereComeTheOilers
— Jeanshorts (@JSBMjeanshorts) March 9, 2015
— jo johnson (@fromthepoint) March 10, 2015
“OK you guys. Quit screwin’ around.” – Mike Babcock first period intermission speech. #Oilers
— David Shortt (@AdMan0828) March 10, 2015
What a great sequence. Putting the E back in ELPH
— Matt Henderson (@Archaeologuy) March 10, 2015
— TheTowelBoy (@TheTowelBoy) March 10, 2015
— Aidan Bauer (@BananaHammer3) March 10, 2015
— Chad Ganske (@chadganske) March 10, 2015
1st star. Todd hamilton. 2nd star. Todd Hamilton. 3rd star. Todd Hamilton @OilersNation
— Pierre Pretorius (@OgrePretorius) March 10, 2015
The Oilers have officially been mathematically eliminated from the playoffs
— NHLnumbers (@NHLnumbers) March 10, 2015
One day the Oilers will be great and we’ll all laugh about this… or be dead. Either way. #Goilers
— baggedmilk (@jsbmbaggedmilk) March 10, 2015
Talk to me, Twitter.
RED BULL CRASHED ICE
If you don’t have any plans for this coming weekend than you do now. Crashed Ice is coming to Edmonton, and the finals, for the season, are coming up on Friday and Saturday. If you haven’t driven past the course (at the Shaw Conference Centre) yet, take a few minutes to check it out. The course is pretty gnarly and will surely cause some mayhem for the contestants. As a spectator, I full expect to see some next level crashes and some grown men regretting every choice they made that led them to this point. Did I mention that it’s free to check everything out? I’ll let that soak in for a minute.