GDB 8.0 Wrap Up: Capitals @ Oilers

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They just couldn’t get the field goal they needed. Final Score: 7-4 Capitals

It was funny, as I was watching this game, to see how many high draft picks were playing in this game. Obviously, the majority of them seem to be playing for the Oilers but the Capitals are no slouch in that department either. Regardless, there was a lot of talent on the ice on the Oilers were going to have to be sharp if they expected to come out of this one with two points on the board. It didn’t look good early and really didn’t get much better as the game went on. 

The Capitals were relentless with their offensive pressure and were also able to capitalize on their chances. The Oilers gave up the puck, and were caught out of position, far too often to be successful. Tonight was arguably the first night that the goaltender was not able to keep the Oilers afloat whenever those mistakes were made. Anders Nilsson looked human, allowing more goals in tonight’s game than he had in all his prior starts combined. Cam Talbot was decent, but not great, in relief and by then it was already too late.

Generally speaking, you would expect to win the game when you put four goals on the board but that’s not what happened tonight. The Oilers made plenty mistakes and the goalie wasn’t able to bail them out. That’s not exactly a winning combination. Todd McLellan always talks about moving the needle, and you could argue that it moved backward tonight. The Capitals are a better hockey team, but the Oilers gave them way too much credit on the scoreboard by making too many mistakes.

The Oilers will need to bounce back quickly because it doesn’t get any easier with LA rolling in on Sunday.

We wrap.

THE BRIGHT SIDE

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  • the Pouliot-McDavid-Yakupov line is hot fire right now. After trailing by a goal early in the first period, it was this line that pulled the Oilers back into it. Pouliot scored his 1st goal of the season off of a nice second effort by Nail Yakupov to get him the puck and he did not make a mistake. McDavid registered a secondary assist on the play after bringing the puck into the zone with speed that only he seems to be able to produce. 
  • Connor McDavid continues to shine as he extends his point streak with another multi-point evening. The precious scored a goal and an assist giving him eight points on the year. Who said adjusting to the NHL was hard? He’s amazing and I don’t care that I’ve said it a million times. 
  • Nail Yakupov extended his scoring streak with the aforementioned assist on Benoit Pouliot’s goal. Who knows where this ConYak duo will go but it sure has been fun to watch. 
  • Nuge was great again tonight. After getting clipped by a skate in the first period he came back to put up two points, including a beautiful goal. 
  • I have to say, I was happy to see Rob Klinkhammer score his first goal of the season. Klinkhammer is obviously fighting above his weight class playing with Hall and Nuge, but he’s doing his best to be productive and tonight he was rewarded for his hard work. Klinkhammer won’t be a permanent fixture on that line but for the time being he’s making it work.
  • Anton Slepyshev registered his first NHL point tonight with an assist on Nuge’s goal. Slepyshev has been quiet this season but he deserves the shout out for his first point. 

THE FACE PALMERS

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  • I was hoping Alex Ovechkin was going to sleep in again this morning. No dice. 
  • Mistakes. Giveaways. Poor reads. Poor life choices. 
  • The Oilers got caught puck watching on the first Capitals goal. To give the Capitals credit, it was a very pretty passing play from Ovi to Oshi to Kuznetsov for the finish. Kuznetsov was an absolute monster tonight. Coming in, all the talk was about Ovi but it was Kuznetsov that ran the Oilers’ show tonight by putting up five points, hat trick included. 
  • Just because Kuznetsov led the Caps in points doesn’t mean that Ovechkin was quiet. He quietly put up two assists tonight.
  • Anders Nilsson was not the same goalie that we’ve seen earlier in the year. That’s not to say that all of the goals should be pinned on him, but he certainly can play better than his boxscore from tonight. Nilsson finished with 11 saves on 17 shots and a .667 save%. Ugly night.
  • Cam Talbot came into tonight’s game in a weird spot seeing that Nilsson had already given up six goals. Talbot would certainly like to have Kuznetsov’s hat trick goal back, but aside from that he was solid when called upon.
  • Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was clipped by a skate in the first period and missed the first few shifts in the 2nd period. Nuge did come back, but I know he must have been frightened about seeing the doctor about his ouchy. 
  • Andrej Sekera got stuck out of position on the Backstrom breakaway. Sekera found himself too close to the boards which opened a huge hole for Backstrom to break in alone. He made no mistake on the chance. 
  • Justin Schultz leads the Oilers in TOI this season and he did not have a good night. I give Schultz a lot of credit for increasing his compete level early on in this season, but tonight’s game looked more like one from the Eakins era. He needs to be better and he would admit that himself.
  • Andrew Ference is a hell of a human being, but not what he used to be on the ice. There’s no shame in that, but it wasn’t a great night for the former captain.

SCORING SUMMARY

1ST PERIOD
03:05 WSH Evgeny Kuznetsov (1) Backhand shot – ASST: T.J. Oshie (3), Alex Ovechkin (3) 1 – 0 WSH
10:59 EDM Benoit Pouliot (1) Wrist shot – ASST: Nail Yakupov (5), Connor McDavid (3) 1 – 1 Tie
12:07 WSH PPG – Nicklas Backstrom (4) Snap shot – ASST: John Carlson (6), T.J. Oshie (4) 2 – 1 WSH
15:00 EDM Rob Klinkhammer (1) Tip-in – ASST: Taylor Hall (3), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (1) 2 – 2 Tie
19:39 WSH Marcus Johansson (2) Tip-in – ASST: Justin Williams (5), Nicklas Backstrom (3) 3 – 2 WSH
2ND PERIOD
00:36 EDM PPG – Connor McDavid (5) Wrist shot – ASST: Andrej Sekera (4), Mark Letestu (2) 3 – 3 Tie
06:17 WSH Evgeny Kuznetsov (2) Backhand shot – ASST: John Carlson (7), Brooks Orpik (2) 4 – 3 WSH
09:26 WSH Andre Burakovsky (2) Wrist shot – ASST: Evgeny Kuznetsov (7), Alex Ovechkin (4) 5 – 3 WSH
11:49 WSH Justin Williams (1) Tip-in – ASST: Matt Niskanen (3), Evgeny Kuznetsov (8) 6 – 3 WSH
14:42 EDM Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (3) Snap shot – ASST: Anton Slepyshev (1) 6 – 4 WSH
3RD PERIOD
16:59 WSH PPG – Evgeny Kuznetsov (3) Snap shot – ASST: Andre Burakovsky (3), John Carlson (8) 7 – 4 WSH

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STREET STORE

What is the Street Store? Street Store will be hosting, in partnership with Boyle Street Community Services, a one-day pop-up shop for the homeless community in Edmonton. The event takes places on tomorrow, October 24, 2015 from 12-5pm with the goal of collecting warm clothing for those in need in our community. The store is intended to give community members a dignified shopping experience while providing them with warm winter clothing. 

How can you help?

You can greatly assist this event by donating undergarments or basic hygiene items. These necessary items will be handed out to homeless individuals visiting the store alongside the donated clothing available at the store. Items may include (but are not limited to): 

Toothbrushes, toothpaste, combs, shampoo, deodorant, lipbalm, feminine hygiene products, underwear, warm socks, razors, shaving cream, and soap.

Want to help but don’t have clothes to donate? Tax receipts will be issued for all donations over $50.

  • ConYak

    Probably sound like a broken record, but any news on the Eberle front? It’s been 3.5 weeks as of today just wondering if 4 weeks is realistic or more like 6!

  • Poke Check

    Move shultz to wing while ensuring out…..

    Get him off the blue line and off the blue line on the pp.

    Tom Gilbert was better offensively and defensively than him.

    Matter of fact…trade shultz for Gilbert
    and the other

    • TaylorKB

      Wow, coach is pissed off at some guys. Love it. This is the NHL. You don’t want to play here play in the minors. McLennan’s interview was shorter than usual, I think he just didn’t want to be there.

      It is one game. Let’s relax and wait for LA.

    • scott5017

      What a ridiculous thing to say. Any oiler fan has been put through the ringer by years of incompetance and there are still traces of that which are spoiling our return to glory.

  • TaylorKB

    Let’s just give tod and chia a full season. There’s gonna be growing pains. And even the best teams in the league have bad games. This whole fan base mentality of loving everything when we win and wanting to trade the team when we lose is so annoying .

  • Ovenchicken69

    You can’t blame the oilers. They had no chance all game. The caps completely dominated and this is a team you’ll have to beat to win in a few years. Gota get some more physical guys, Wilson would’ve one punched ference and injured him for the year.

  • Reading the comments, this feels like “blame Purcell by default” night.

    Sure, he saved a goal with an inspired backcheck, drew a penalty, fired five pucks at net and wasn’t even on the ice for a single one of Washington’s seven goals, but he’s one of the headline villains here.

    Right.

    • Anton CP

      Either that or the Oilers got schooled by Kuz & Caps. It is tradition for the Oilers fans searching for goat or it will be very tough to sleep at night knowing the entire team still, well, sucks.

      I will say this, the Caps are what the Oilers wish to be. It took Ovi almost 10 years to figure that out and the Oilers due to the waste of two seasons that they are still years away.

    • For Pete's Sake!

      That’s because once fans pick their “whipping boy” or “goat,” they just can’t let it go and almost respond by rote.

      For example, we’ve barely heard any comments about how well Schultz has played for most of the games so far but he has one bad game and all the haters are back in full voice.

      Sometimes I can’t stand these forums. Fans are truly manic/depressive.

      After a win, unrestrained euphoria, after a loss, the deepest depths of depression.

      Where does all this crazy angst come from??

      Ahh, the highs and lows of being an Oiler fan. It sure is tough. Oiler fans sure are fragile little creatures!

    • RyanCoke

      Even a blind squirrel finds the nut sometimes. You forget to mention he couldn’t hold the puck if his life depended on it. He was out of position. He looks entirely lost on the power play. Those “shots” on net were were when he was too scared to make a play and threw the puck towards the net. He saved us one goal but probably caused 5 grade A chances to die on his stick or lack there of when he was out of position.

  • Big Cap

    Say what you want about the Defence and Goaltending, it was definitely not our strongest performance of the year.

    But, if the PP comes through in the 3rd we’re right back in this. 2 straight man advantages and we generated very little. 1/6 will not cut it, especially in a track meet with a team like the Caps.

  • camdog

    As pathetic as this game tonight was it shows me the smoke and mirrors at play in this season’s win/loss record. Nilsson was a sieve. He looked like an AHLer. Up to this point Scrivens in goal would likely result in 8 straight losses. Back to the drawing board Petey.

  • Lucas McDavid

    Always fun to read the wrap up comments, after a loss.

    “Player 1 was awful.

    Player 2 was really awful.

    Player 3 was super awful.

    Player 4 was super DUPER awful.

    And player 5 was SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPIALIDOCIOUS awful!”

    It sucks to lose, but as long as the team shows solid improvement through the season, I’m not going to lose sleep over games like this one.

    • Anton CP

      Quite a few the Oilers’ fans suffer from tunnel vision, they just cannot admit that the other teams are much better than the Oilers. Sometimes the other team is just superior and it has nothing to do with how players perform.

      • CMG30

        Sad but true. I’d love for this team to be the modern equivalent of the glory days, but, wait a minute… they still got blown out too on occasion!

        There’s alot of excess negativity here after every loss. It’s not necessary as long as the Oil are putting in the effort and improving. Most people have the Oil picked to finish right around the cusp of the playoffs this year. That means they’re going to lose as much as they win. Temper your expectations accordingly or you’re going to have a bad year!

  • Soiled Trousers

    Christian Ehrhoff will be good for Oil. Experienced, athletic, physical, plus teacher and mentor for young compatriot – Leon Draisaitl

    Kuznetsov is an actual Kuznetsov because Caps have Ovi. Guy who was teacher for his compatriot. And make him a real star. Even if Ovi’s gone – they have Kuznetsov, he’s gone – they have Orlov, etc. Not to mention TJ Oshie, Backstrom & Co.

    Whats’ happend at Rexall is not about defense or goalies. It’s about grade. Oilers have to learn and fight, learn and fight, to reach Caps’ heaven.

    Yes, we extinguish Flames, scupper Canucks and cut off Red Wings. But Blues, Preds and Caps still castles in the sky

  • CMG30

    Improved play over last year mainly due to addition of McDavid and coaching . Last night a reminder of what poor goaltending can make us look like . We did not get away with the mistakes we made in previous games last night . Thus , it felt like a blowout when it was not . Errors ended up in our net.

    You have to wonder what our record might be without McDavid . Even with improved play and coaching maybe we are still a cellar club like Buffalo, etc.. To many flawed pieces still in lineup ?

  • camdog

    It might be a little early to write this and it well come back to haunt me, but Griffin Reinhart was missed out there last night. I don’t know if it would have changed the outcome of the game, but he brings some stability to the entire top 6.

  • BobbyCanuck

    All the teams we have lost too, are as at today, in the top 7. Nothing wrong with that. We beat the teams that are reasonably in the same zone as us (outside the top 10-20)

    THe sky would be falling if our losses were against the Carolinas of the NHL

  • Shouldn’t be any surprises here. YDespite playing 3 in 4, the caps are significantly better than the Oil. The first 20 games this year are really difficult for the Oilers and if they are above .350 at the 20 gp mark, sadly, that is a significant improvement on last season’s start.

    The defensive checking/pressure is not nearly good enough. Without a truly high end, physical, and hard checking * cough Nurse cough* D man, fans need to accept that nights like these will occur far more often than one might expect.

    The goaltending has to be able to stop at least 3 grade A chances each game if they want to keep the Oil in it. With Talbot and CMD the Oilers will likely be in way more games than last year, but not nearly enough to be playoff contenders.

    If Nurse is ready by Christmas, and TMac has these guys checking more by then, id expect the final 40 games to be at or above .500.

    74-77 pts was my guess for the season and I think it is still reasonable. 55-60 of those points will come in the final 60 games I think.

  • camdog

    Everyone knows goaltending and defence is still an area that needs improvement. So why all the complaining?

    This game was MUCH easier to stomach than the first 3 games of the year. With as much offensive firepower as we supposedly have, It’s stomach churning to see games where we produce literally NOTHING.

    This is an oilers team I can get behind, you can see the hunger, the drive, the heart.

    Even though yak trying to give his stick to the goalie resulted in a goal, it just reinforced why I love yak so much. This team looks great!!! Last night was a hell of a game!

    • TartanArmy

      I’m not so sure goaltending is an area that needs improvement, up until last night I would say goaltending has been vastly improved in the majority of these early games. 10 games from now we might be able to say that, but after 8 games I’d say we’ve been pretty darn good in net.

  • Word to the Bird

    I think its safe to say the defense had a few stinker plays and Nilsson laid an egg. At the end of the day you’re never gonna win a hockey game when your goalie lets in 6 goals. As the great Bill Belichick would say: we’re on to LA

  • Thumby

    I didn’t see much of the game but what I did see, the Caps gave the Oil very little room. I think they got schooled in coverage and speed.

    Good team those Caps. It’ll make the Oiler’s better playing against teams like that.

    #stilllearning

  • scott5017

    Not an awful game but it is easy to see this team has a way to go yet and there will be better games. I don’t need to pick on individual players it was the team structure that collapsed they played disjointed but time is catching up to some players and no need to point them out management and coaches know who they are. Coach Todd will get his players to play the right way eventually with more consistency.

  • scott5017

    I’m not sad they didn’t win, I expected the loss against the Capitols. They are a great team. Our D is not even a close match, and our Offense can’t play good enough to overcome the weakness in the backend. On average teams they seem to be able to but until big changes are made at the blue line we are going to suffer against great offensive teams.