GDB 82.0 Wrap Up: Oilers @ Canucks

This is the end. Final Score: 6-5 Canucks in OT

Tonight’s game being the last of the season brought both relief and disappointment. This year wasn’t supposed to be as bad as last year (or the seven years before that), this year was supposed to be different. Well, the Oilers set a new franchise record for fewest wins in a season with 24. Think about that. A franchise record! If last year was a “debacle” then what does MacT make of this? I’ve decided to stop thinking that the Oilers will be better next year. It’s better for my psyche. I’m also going to start thinking of the playoffs in the same way as I think of the Sasquatch – I’ll believe it when I see it.

As far as last games in a meaningless season go, tonight’s match was actually pretty entertaining. I mean, if the Oilers had anything to play for this game would have been insanely stressful, but they don’t so it was fun to watch the tires burn. Goaltending and defence seemed to be optional for both sides so that always adds to the fun. That’s not exactly unexpected for an Oilers game, but the Canucks are going to have to tighten it up if they plan on doing anything in the playoffs. Actually, I’d prefer if they keep playing loose and start booking tees times as soon as possible. For the Oilers, it’s hard to imagine that the majority of this team will be back next year. Although, MacT’s “they’re playing better” schtick in the first intermission didn’t make me feel much better that anything is going to change..

At the end of the day, I have mixed feelings about tonight being the last game of the season. As much as it’s tiresome to bitch about the Oilers every couple days I’m still going to miss them for the next six months. Like a junkie needs a fix, I too will need my Oilers. Even though my enthusiasm and expectations for making the playoffs is at an all time low, I’ll still be here watching the games when October rolls around again. The Oilers may be the NHL’s yearly losers, but at least they’re our losers. The moral beatings that come with being an Oilers fan can’t continue forever can they?

We wrap.

THE BRIGHT SIDE

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  • Love seeing Yakupov finish off the season strong. He hammered home his 14th goal of the year on a nifty little pass from Derek Roy. Those two have had great chemistry since Roy came over from Nashville, and I’m wondering when/if the Oilers are going to get him re-signed. Elliotte Friedman said that they’re trying to sign him during the first intermission, so we’ll see what happens.
  • Jordan Eberle scored his 24th goal of the year only nine seconds after Yak opened the scoring. 
  • Taylor Hall scored (his 14th) on a set play off the faceoff. When was the last time you saw something like that actually work? Beautiful pass by Benoit Pouliot to create the tap in for Hall. I’m looking for Taylor Hall to have a much better year next year. He was the highest scoring left winger for a reason, and I would expect him to get back to form next year. Trading Taylor Hall is not the answer, people. 
  • Pou Bear has been one of the bright spots in another gross season. He added to his career high by scoring his 19th goal of the season in the 2nd period. Hopefully he’ll be able to stay healthy all of next season and build on what he started this year.
  • Oscar Klefbom has been a positive since his recall earlier in the season. Who knows what his ceiling is, but he’s developing into a solid defenceman. I hope the Oilers won’t force him to play top 2 minutes again next year, but I won’t hold my breath. 
  • The season is over! Now comes time for the only playoff season Oilers fans have known in the past decade – lottery season. 

THE FACE PALMERS

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  • It bares repeating that the Oiler set a franchise record for fewest wins in a season with 24. This is literally rock bottom for the Edmonton Oilers franchise. 
  • It was fitting that the Oilers coughed up a third period lead to have the Canucks win in overtime. It was that kind of year and the season couldn’t have ended any other way. 
  • Ryan Miller is 12-0 against the Oilers coming into tonight’s game. That’s ridiculous. How have they not accidentally beaten him at some point? 
  • Pittsburgh made the playoffs tonight because Boston and Buffalo are both useless. So much for my pipe dream of drafting 1st and 4th. #SadPanda
  • Are people still paying attention to the green men? I didn’t think so either.
  • That was not a great night for Ben Scrivens (it was brutal). He was fighting the puck all night and let a few pucks go through the five hole. He finished with 17 saves and a .739 save%.
  • The Oilers have used 43 different players this season. That is an alarming amount of turnover. Teddy Purcell was the only player to play all 82 games on the year (Yak and Eberle played 81)
  • I’m going to table a rule for next season that calls for some kind of rotating playoff team type scenario. If you’ve missed the playoffs for 5+ years you’re automatically included in the next round out of pity for the fan base. I think it’s a good idea. I think it could work.

SCORING SUMMARY

From TSN.ca

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BEST OF THE TWEETS

Thanks for another season of hilarity, Twitter people. It was another year of having Twitter be way more entertaining than most of the games, and your lame jokes make my job way easier – especially during the pummellings (and there were many). 

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  • Cain

    Sadly, it appears any changes in the roster will have to happen internally since no free agent in his right mind would voluntarily sign with this dumpster fire unless they are vastly overpaid. That means no 2nd line centre, no top pairing D and no improvement in goal. What would it take to get Eddie Lack from Vancouver?

  • BustedSoulO

    Hard to imagine Oilers finishing any better next season under current team and management . Optimism for a better team next year at an all time low considering those making the decisions .

  • BustedSoulO

    So the Oil finish with the lowest win total in franchise history and NO management loses their head. So what is it KATZ. Do you want to piss in the fans face next year or shi$ down our throats.

  • camdog

    I’m cheering for the Winnipeg Jets this playoffs. Not because they are a Canadian team but because they are what the Edmonton Oilers were before Katz bought the team.

    It is sort of ironic that the Oilers are a replica of the Atlanta Thrashers from years back when they took Kovalchuk and Hossa with their first overall picks. The only difference is that the fans are loyal here and willing to pay the price to lose.

  • Cain

    Lowe must go, Schultz must go, Sievens must go. I’m glad it’s over but I really can’t wait until next season. 10 years out of the playoffs is a real milestone.

    Don’t anyone hold their breath…Lowe, MacT and Howsen aren’t going anywhere.

  • AJ88

    We saw some classic Scrivens moves last night.

    On several occasions he floundered in front of the net like a trout that had just been dragged to shore.
    Except for Canucks misses, and Oilers blocks, the score could have been higher.

  • camdog

    If im management im trying to get Lack,Niemi,talbot,Hammond,or Lehner and Dubnyk if you tell him Eakins is gone and we are not going to throw you under the bus again for the coaching problems.

  • Oilers21

    I was at this game and unfortunately it was such typical oilers. Roar out to a lead and then betrayed by some of the most horrific goaltending you will ever see. Both of baertschi’s goals (OF COURSE they were his first 2 of the year) would have been stopped by the Timbits goaltender that played in the intermission. Then a horrible third period where the Nucks played keep away and we undid the hard work from the first 40 minutes. Plus I got taunted the whole way back to the hotel by obnoxious Canucks fans which included my girlfriend. The positives were that Yak played great, Klefbom is getting better and better and the top line was more than a match for Vancouver at some points. See you all next year for another emotional roller coaster ride!

  • Oilers21

    The problem with the oilers is that they got stuck in the eighties.

    Not satisfied with an run and gun offense, ensemble of eighties defenseman, they also got goalies with eighties sv% and gaa.

    Who knows, if only they find matching eighties opponents one day they may win a cup again…. Or four.