TANK ONNNNNNNN. Final Score: 5-1 Ducks
These California trips are always brutal for the Oilers. Not only do we have to watch the Oilers lose but we also get a reminder of just how far behind this team really is. The Anaheim Ducks have depth that the Oilers just don’t have, nor are they close to having, so I wasn’t really surprised by the way this game started and played out. Even at the best of times the Oilers struggle with the Ducks. With a depleted lineup that looks more like the Barons roster than a NHL roster? Forget about it.
As sad as it is to say, seeing that this was the 77th game of the season almost brought a sense of relief. These lottery seasons are really starting to bum me out, and frankly I don’t have many more ways of saying the Oilers suck. I don’t want to write about how bad they are. I want to write about watching drunk a-holes on Whyte Ave. I want to gather the Internet around in a circle to hear the tale of how I stole the zamboni and crashed it into the Oodle Noodle to make myself a Hot Box. THAT would be awesome. These “because we have to” games suck.
If it weren’t for Twitter these past few seasons would have been unbearable. Nights where the Oilers get pummelled have become so common that we don’t even seem to get angry about it anymore. If anything, making fun of the Oilers on Twitter has been more fun than the majority of the games over the past few seasons. That’s a sad state of affairs. Until management realizes that bringing back 80% of the roster is probably not a great idea then getting lit up by teams at the top of the standings will be in next year’s forecast unfortunately.
Tonight’s game was a simple case of Goliath crushing David without having to put up much of a fight. The best team in the National Hockey League beat the third worst – I don’t think anyone is too surprised. What was surprising was that this was the sloppiest the Oilers have played in a little while. Todd Nelson seems to have the team playing a tighter style of hockey, and tonight’s tank shining may have just been a throwback to the Eakins era. At the end of the night the Ducks controlled the play from puck drop until the final buzzer, and were simply too much for the Oilers.
THE BRIGHT SIDE
- Taylor Hall was flying tonight. He has such great speed that he always seems able to back the opposing defence right in on their own goalie. Why some people think the Oilers should trade him is beyond me.
- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins continues to add to his career high in goals as he scored his 24th goal late in the second period. Both Nuge and Eberle have put 17 points in the last 12 games. If this was NBA Jam Nuge and Eberle would be getting some BOOMSHACKALACKA! Thank you.
- The Hall-Lander-Miller produced chances all night. I wasn’t sure how Lander and Miller were going to fit with Taylor Hall when the line was put together, but they’ve shone since being put together.
- Twitter was fun! *sigh*
- Buffalo won again, and the McEichel dream lives! It’s a long shot, but the precious is still in sight.
- Tyler Bunz can tell everyone that he was on an NHL roster if only for a night. That’s a cool story regardless of whether he played or not.
THE FACE PALMERS
- Ducks fans are so spoiled that it’s annoying. They have one of the best teams in the league to watch on a nightly basis and there were a ton of empty seats in Anaheim tonight. Do you know what we would give to watch a team that makes the playoffs on the regular? Probably our children. That’s what we would give to make that happen.
- Jultz really jultzed on the second Anaheim goal. I would love to see his face when he has to review that little piece of tape. I mean… if Brett Burns and Dustin Byfuglian can play forward why can’t Schultz?
- Has anyone else noticed that Nikitin Nikitin isn’t on the top pairing in a defensive group that’s ripe with AHLers?
- The power play has been much better lately, but it wasn’t getting much done tonight. The Oilers went through two straight power plays without registering a shot on net.
- Tonight was another night where the Oilers went under 50% in the faceoff circle as team. That’s not good enough.
- Simon Despres scored his first goal as a Duck tonight. NO WAY!?
- Corey Perry scored his 600th NHL point tonight on his 33rd goal of the season. A milestone? Against the Oilers? Get out of here.
- AND Cogliano scored on a penalty shot? YOU DON’T SAY!? You’ve gotta love that former Oiler curse.
- Why do Ducks fan boo Justin Schultz? They should be showering him with praise for leaving. If I were them, I’d organize some kind of parade in his honour.
- Not surprising when you look at the score, but the Oilers were not good in their own zone tonight. The Ducks were able to pin them in their own end for extended periods of time, and unfortunately Scrivens wasn’t able to bail them out often enough.
BEST OF THE TWEETS
I’m still convinced that this rebuild is Chris Pronger’s fault @OilersNation
— Connor Newcombe (@C_Newc) April 2, 2015
— Mike Eaton (@MrMikeEaton) April 2, 2015
@OilersNation he has Norris trophy money potential.
— Taylor S (@simmer35) April 2, 2015
@OilersNation Ah! It’s Tank restoration night again!
— The Iron-E (@vote4p3dr0) April 2, 2015
If @jsbmbaggedmilk s mom joined twitter would her handle be saggedmilk
— Taylor S (@simmer35) April 2, 2015
— Kevin Radowits (@sportsjunkie007) April 2, 2015
@OilersNation probably could’ve just done the whole season wrap up in October.
— megan.❄ (@maylee9) April 2, 2015
Quack Quack Quack Mr Ducksworth
— G (@Pretty__G) April 2, 2015
@jsbmbaggedmilk Hasnt scored in 27? First as a Duck? NO PROBLEM! Can probably put the wrap up ready to go…just gotta edit the score.
— Kyle Eldstrom (@KEldstrom) April 2, 2015
Gentle reminder that 21 year old Rookie Oscar Klefbom is (somehow) Edmonton’s best Defenseman even when the whole roster is healthy
— Matt Henderson (@Archaeologuy) April 2, 2015
Remember when Cogliano was an Oiler? pic.twitter.com/BOrIXMJH9J
— Travis Dakin (@TravisDakin) April 2, 2015
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