GDB 30.0 Wrap Up: Rangers @ Oilers

That was emotional. Final Score: 7-5 Oilers

Was anyone else nervous about how the Oilers were going to play on ceremony night? Before the game, Jason Gregor tweeted that the Oilers were 3-3-2 on nights with banner raising ceremonies and tonight’s ceremony happened to be a long one. As I was watching it, and listening to Glen Sather talk about being lucky, all I could think about was how I must have missed out on a hell of a ride. Being 30 years old I barely remember the fifth Stanley Cup win, and Gretzky was already gone by that point, so it’s hard to imagine the glory days. I remember getting ladder match bunged up in 2006 so I can only imagine what the 80s were like. To have all of those players on the same team was some kind of miracle.

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With how this game started it seemed like the Oilers were getting plenty of that luck that Glen Sather was talking about in his speech. Putting three goals past Henrik Lundqvist is a wish at the best of times let alone putting three past him in one period. As far as head starts go this was about as good as you could get, for the Oilers. Unfortunately, the tricky part always seems to be hanging on to that lead. In the second period, the Rangers bounced back (like all good teams seem to do) and erased a two goal deficit to tie things up, all the while pushing for more. I might even suggest that the Oilers were lucky to take a tie game into the third period. 

Speaking of the third period, I thought I was going to have a heart attack and die (pantsless) on my living room floor. That had to be the most exciting period of Oilers hockey that I’ve watching a long, long time. The Oilers rebounded from a mediocre second period, reclaiming their two goal lead only to give it up again. I’m not going to lie, when the Rangers tied things up for the second time I was half expecting the Oilers to find a way to lose this one. Giving up two two-goal leads in the same game and still winning? I’m not used to it. I guess the rebuild has us all feeling a little bit antsy.

Lastly, could there ever have been a better homage to Glen Sather than a game with twelve goals scored? Talk about a throwback to the time when the Oilers were putting up goals in droves. Great game. Great win. 

We wrap.

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  • Props to the Oilers for the Glen Sather tribute ceremony. I thought it was beautifully done, and his speech was heartfelt and well written. My only complaint is that creepy painting they gave him. I’m not sure who thought that thing was a good idea but it weirded me out. 
  • Lauri Korpikoski must read the weekly Report Card. He got hammered in this morning’s rankings and he responded with his first career hat trick. I admit that I down-voted him in the Report Card and, therefore, take some of the credit for his offensive outburst. Either way, this was a great night for the boy named Lauri. 
  • Teddy Purcell’s goal (his sixth) was a thing of beauty. Draisaitl’s cross ice pass to Taylor Hall shows the kind of vision that kid has, and it was perfect. From there, Hall threw a quick pass towards the middle and Purcell finished off the tick tack toe. 
  • Is it good when you register four points in a game? Taylor Hall keeps producing offense at a wizard like pace and is in the midst of a four game point streak… again. In that time, he has five goals and four assists.
  • Another four point night (four assists) for Neon Leon. Draisaitl is quickly becoming Big Sexy 2.0 and I’m not even sorry about it. My apologies go out to Sheldon Souray as I imagine it would be painful to be replaced in sexiness. 
  • Darnell Nurse scored his second goal of the season on a quick wrister, coming in from the point. With the way Darryl is progressing I’m wondering if the Oilers haven’t already found their #1 D-man. It may not happen this year, or even next year, but Darnell Nurse is going to be a rock on that blue line for years to come. 
  • The Oilers went 1/3 on the power play.
  • My friends, we’re looking at a five game winning streak. 



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  • Despite putting One Direction as the lead image for the face palmers I do actually like a couple of their songs. I felt compelled to tell you guys. I have embarrassed my family, and I have embarrassed the Shaolin temple.
  • I saw a lot of Ranger players running their mouth against Darnell Nurse but no one seemed willing to do anything about it. Darryl is a warlord. Our warlord.
  • Why couldn’t the second period be as nice as the first period? In fact, the second period was the opposite of nice. The Rangers are rude houseguests. 
  • I like the way the Oilers completely forgot that Mats Zuccarello existed on his goal. How did the guy get so wide open? Shocking. 
  • I was hoping that Henrik Lundqvist had forgotten to play goal after letting in three goals on 15 shots in the first period. He almost had me fooled, in the second period. Seriously though, who would have expected the Oilers to chase Lundqvist tonight? I like to think it’s karma for when he laughed at the Oilers last season after shutting them out. Who’s laughing this time, Hank?
  • Tonight wasn’t a great night for Anders Nilsson but he stopped enough pucks to get the win, and that’s all that matters. For all the times that Nilsson bailed the team out, in the past week, it was nice to see the skaters return the favour. Nilsson finished the night with 29 saves and an .853 save%. 
  • Oscar Klefbom got hurt tonight and had left the game to get X-rays. There wasn’t much of an update at the time of posting the Wrap Up. 


06:35 EDM PPG – Lauri Korpikoski (4) Wrist shot – ASST: Iiro Pakarinen (2), Mark Letestu (5) 1 – 0 EDM
12:16 NYR Mats Zuccarello (12) Wrist shot – ASST: Chris Kreider (9), Dylan McIlrath (1) 1 – 1 Tie
15:47 EDM Lauri Korpikoski (5) Wrist shot – ASST: Matt Hendricks (3), Justin Schultz (3) 2 – 1 EDM
16:57 EDM Teddy Purcell (6) Wrist shot – ASST: Taylor Hall (19), Leon Draisaitl (14) 3 – 1 EDM
00:53 NYR Chris Kreider (5) Backhand shot – ASST: Mats Zuccarello (12), Henrik Lundqvist (1) 3 – 2 EDM
08:44 NYR Derick Brassard (10) Wrist shot – ASST: Rick Nash (11), Marc Staal (9) 3 – 3 Tie
00:18 EDM Taylor Hall (13) Backhand shot – ASST: Teddy Purcell (12), Leon Draisaitl (15) 4 – 3 EDM
02:40 EDM Darnell Nurse (2) Snap shot – ASST: Taylor Hall (20), Leon Draisaitl (16) 5 – 3 EDM
06:28 NYR Derick Brassard (11) Wrist shot – ASST: Rick Nash (12), Keith Yandle (14) 5 – 4 EDM
18:14 NYR PPG – Rick Nash (9) Wrist shot – ASST: Dan Boyle (6), Ryan McDonagh (10) 5 – 5 Tie
18:26 EDM Taylor Hall (14) Snap shot – ASST: Leon Draisaitl (17), Teddy Purcell (13) 6 – 5 EDM
19:22 EDM EN – Lauri Korpikoski (6) Wrist shot – ASST: NONE 7 – 5 EDM


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  • Germoil

    Yes I know I’m old but the earliest memory I have of the Oilers was of them playing Boston in the finals and the lights going out. Then I distinctly remember pledging allegiance to the Oil for the rest of my life, thru thick and thin.

    And so it has been. Playoffs this year be damned. We are in the running in December. I am a satisfied a nd redemmen Oil fan once again.

    Thank you Todd Mac.!

  • bazmagoo

    With the way they are playing as a line, it looks like we might want to talk about re-signing Purcell. It would have to be a for a maximum of 2 seasons because of McDavid, but I’d definitely like to see him back the way they are all playing together now. Three high flying scoring lines please, we are so close I can taste it!

      • bazmagoo

        A great thing about landing McDavid is Chiarelli has a built in reason to limit his free agency spending. All signings in the upcoming off season should be a for max of 2 seasons, imo. Connor’s gonna be expensive.

        We could probably afford Teddy for 2 seasons at 3.5 – 4 million a season easily I think.

        • AussieOil

          Not sure why, but will need to pay 3 of our top 9 as third line players. If you look at Yak, Prucell and Pouliot, that will be our third line players, only spread out over the top 9.

          The thing is if we can’t get Purcell for ~2 million, then he will be too expensive to sign the rest of our legit top 6 players + D, and we need to sign Anders next year too, if he continues his present play.

          • bazmagoo

            Anders will be cheap, he’s a restricted free agent rescued from the KHL. I’d guess he gets max 2 seasons at 2.5 – 3 IF he plays at the same level all season.

          • hagar

            I understand what you are saying, we are going to be cap pinched in 2-3 years, but as long as your longer term signing aren’t too expensive, it should work out ok. We just can’t afford Fayne/Nikitin type contracts 2-3 years from now. For Purcell, on his declining year, lower money, but longer term may be appealing to him.

          • hagar

            2 seasons @ 2 million or so. I would not give him more then that, and he will likely be looking for a longer term deal. I would not sign him at 2 years 3.5 million. I think there are other players out there, that could play with Hall and Draisaitl and look good at less money than 4 million.

          • hagar

            If you know you have the major pieces as the oilers do, it is smart to run guys on shorter term that are support players. You can always buy more of the same, but saving a few bucks to lock up the same long term, is not a good idea in my opinion.

          • bazmagoo

            Hall’s first 10 games this year were pretty horrible. Glad to see him turn it around in a hurry, but no one can deny he looked like crap earlier in the season.

          • WHH

            I don’t know what your definition of horrible is. In the fourth game against St Louis he scored, Calgary he had a 3 point night, was +1 against Vancouver, had a point against Washington, had a goal against Los Angeles, and had 2 points agains Minnesota. He was a plus player at that point, and if not the leader, one of the top shot players in the league. Horrible indeed.

          • 2Oilers4

            Once McDavid gets his $10 Million, and Nurse $6 million(quite possibly), that $16 million is gone. Draisaitl also needs to be signed in the near future, and he is also trending towards a $6 million deal. I don’t think we have as much space as you think we do. Only thing you are correct about is that we are spending money on our D right now, like we do have an NHL defense, of course the guys that are playing night in and night out, aren’t the guys receiving the money. Thank you Lowe and MacT.

            Get Schultz off the first power play unit, and get Nurse in there already. In fact shake up the power play lines. When it is our third line on the power play that is getting it done, you know there is a problem with the top 2 units.

            In fact, just throw out the Drai line with Nurse and Sekera, and I bet our power play starts clicking at a high percentage.

          • Chainsawz

            Your math is a little off. I’ll go with what you said. 10 mil for Mcdavid and 6 for Nurse. That is 16 mil. But what about what they are currently making? If they hit their bonus that’s 3mil each, so 6 mil. 16-6 is 10 mil we need to sign them to those contracts. Drai is also making 3 mil right now and if he gets 6 mil you need 3 more, so in the end after all three are signed and that 16mil is off the books you’ll have 3mil left over. Plus the extra money when the league raises the cap. It’s tight for sure, but we have wiggle room.

          • 2Oilers4

            We need to be very prudent with our spending now, since in 3 years time, we are definitely going to get squeezed.

            There won’t be room for a 4 million Schultz, $4 million dollar Purcell, Nikitin, Ference etc etc. Players don’t like short term contracts. So when signing, we need to be very prudent that we only pay what they are worth.

            And to be honest, regardless of where we are in the standing, being a seller at the trade deadline, for picks or prospects, it would not be a bad move.

            If we unloaded, Pou, Purcell, Yak, Fayne, Schultz, etc. We might be able to bring in cheap young talent. The only way we can keep this core together, is to have a revolving door, of cheap young talent, much like the Red Wings do it. And now, I would say, Chicago is starting to do it too.

            We need picks, and we need to draft well, to add good cheap young talent, to our core of McDavid, RNH, Hall, Ebs, Drai, Nurse and Klefbom. I would try and hold this together, aside from maybe giving up Klef for someone similar, like Hamonic.

      • MattyFranchise

        LOL…..No way will Purcell agree to that, going to free agency after what looks to be a banner year for him. Since he has meshed so well with Hall and Dri I’d offer 3.5 over 2 years, but I don’t think that gets it done either. Purcell might take 3m+ over 4-5 years but that’s too much term for me, though some other team may offer that if he continues at this pace. He could be flipped at the deadline if Chia sees no way of signing him to a reasonable short term contract. The old pump and dump.

        • Ready to Win

          Having a banner year when he’s UFA at 30 probably means that he going to want a good sized contract and at least medium length term.

          I think the only way the Oilers keep him is if he takes a home town discount because he believes in the potential of this team.

        • BubbaZanetti

          I think the other teams know that he is being carried by his line mates.

          I doubt he gets over 3m, for a term that long. He is a declining forward. Oilers could offer him 2.5m for 4 years. I would not offer him anything more then that. Purcell is likely to take term over money. 2 years at 3.5M nets him $7 million. Whereas 4 @ 2.5m he gets 10 million guaranteed. At this point in his career, he needs to lock down absolute money, not $$/year.

  • hagar

    I actually liked the creepy painting.

    It’s undeniably creepy, but sort of appropriate. if you go back and watch Boys on the Bus, Sather and the team spent a lot of time dressed up in restaurants, with Slats often leading the proceedings.

    Who’s Judas Iscariot, Pocklington?

  • Canoe Ride 27.1

    Tonight really did harken back to the days of old. Fuhr muffing a bunch but making just enough saves at just the right moments. Our favourite form of defense always was… score one more goal than our opponent. Makes for nervous times, but wow what a win. This is a completely different Oilers team from the start of the year, and I like it.

  • gus1000

    Oil keep fighting for an entertaining win.

    Scrivens with a shutout – the better he plays the more he pushes LB, that can’t be a bad thing.

    I think the Ders has earned a night off. He hasn’t looked sharp the past two, but the team picked it up. He needs to get a night on the bench to recharge, enjoy the view and take it all in.

    I am hoping Talbot is in a good place and ready to fight for his job.

  • Anton CP

    Last year at same time, all hopes were lost. The Rangers did not shut out the Oilers, the Oilers just shut themself out. It was such a horrible game and painful to watch, and it was also the last time for Eakins sighting behind the Oilers bench.

    Such difference between a year, see how a legit coach can make a real difference right?

  • bazmagoo

    Was at the game tonight and one I will never forget. What a night! After the cheap shot to Purcell I knew karma would step in and boy did it ever.

    – nurse is a beast again. His long successful NHL career is well on its way
    – same goes for Drai, I always knew the kid had it in him
    – hall, what can I say

    Could these guys actually make a run at the playoffs this year?

  • Intermission

    Not that McDavid is a negative person or anything. But I bet watching this team win 5 straight against some STIFF competition can only make him very eager to return. When Pou-McD-Yak are back, we’re never losing again.

    • bazmagoo

      Pssssst…..I dont think Mac-L will be messing much with his lineup until his Process tells him to,and being results driven that means losing methinks.

      I could be wrong but even a Blind Squirrel finds two nuts every morning….lol.

  • Remember last year when we all yelled HIT HIM , and no one hit him ? Now we all yell HIT HIM and he sure hits him and now the D men are trying to rush their play causing turnovers and Leon and Hall capitalize..

    OH, and can all the GM’s please shut up about the trades because none will happen unless Nik and Yak go, so just wait for the team to come together in 3 weeks and then you will have your answer. Only 2 players are going in 3-4 weeks.



    Vancouver and Calgary will lose heir next games in regulation, stick it on a pro line 🙂


  • Germoil

    Will Tmac have my babies?

    what if I promise to pump out 25y/o Halls and Drais?

    Inseminate me Tmac!

    If “Inseminate Me, Tmac” is on a future ON
    Tee I expect royalties.

    FIVE AND OH!!!!!

  • Germoil

    One thing most encouraging about tonight’s game is one of our top 2 lines had a terrible night, and we still won.

    When is the last time that happened?

    Who knows, next game it could be RNH and EBs that carry the team on their backs, that is something we have not had for a long time. With Mcdavid and Poo back, we may actually have 3 lines capable of carrying a game.

  • hagar

    One other thing, can you ever really day that Gazdic has control of the puck?

    I mean sometimes it is near him, and going the same direction, but I never really feel like he is in control of it.

    Lander and Pak are looking good in a 4th line role though.

    • bazmagoo

      “One other thing, can you ever really day that Gazdic has control of the puck?”

      Gazdic is done. I can’t really see any reason to re-sign him, the enforcer role is pretty much done in the NHL and he’s gonna cost more than the average enforcer in the league. I doubt Chiarelli qualifies him.

  • bazmagoo

    Nikitin and Scrivens come off the books, Ference likely gets bought out. Talbot could be traded at the deadline. Maybe Brossoit is ready for a call up to backup status later in the year? That frees up a lot of cap space, almost 10 million I think.

  • BubbaZanetti

    I’ve critisize Hall in the past. Only because I felt he wasn’t being the player I thought he could be…dominating.

    My son said it was time to get my as5 to a game and quit bitchin and start cheering.

    We picked the perfect game.

    Game wasn’t perfect, but hell it was fun to watch.

    Taylor Hall is becoming (or already has ) become the dominant player this team needs.

    I’ve forgotten how much fun it is to cheer for this team !

    Sather is the man !

  • dougtheslug

    Last year Lundquist was laughing at the Oilers after a pathetically easy 16 save shutout. “I didn’t make a single tough save”, he chuckled in the post game interview.

    Well, your Highness, Karma’s a bitch. I don’t remember you making a single tough save tonight either.

  • ubermiguel

    Any one else in the building tonight? The last time I remember the fans in that good a mood was playoffs, so that was a while ago. If we make the playoffs Rexall will shake to the ground before puck drop game 1.

  • dougtheslug

    Interesting. Currently Neon Leon is tied in scoring with such unknowns as Duchene, Pavelski, Malkin, Carter and Bergeron. And has one more point than an anonymous fellow named Ovechkin. Despite playing anywhere from 7 to 9 fewer games than the above named. And he just turned 20.

    A star is born.

    • Chainsawz

      A Star was born the nano-second someone in the Oilers Braintrust recognised an accurate superior valuation of a below the Radar DRAFT DAY STEAL in Draisaitl….5% were pushing the River on Leon,everyone else was on the Bandwagon and delegating him

      There was one single moment in time where the tables tipped directly in Leon Draisaitls favor,when an optimal VISION of how he could fit into the Oiler future was actioned upon.

      We thank the visionarys who fought for Dre’ Pre-Draft,they are the Pillars of the Oilers future.

    • bazmagoo

      Don’t get me wrong, Hall has been tearing it up since he was paired up with Draisatl. Patrick Kane, current scoring leader, and owner of a 25-game point scoring streak is ahead of him. Let’s check back at game 60.

      • Simmerdown

        Hall is not the best player in the league. Not much more you need to say. And in any event, there is more you need to do then score points, I honestly don’t think Kane, Ovi etc. Are the best players in the league.

        Best players in the league are more the Toews, Datsyuk, kinda guys. That is why RNH is so valuable, although admittedly struggling a bit this year.

        The guys that go head to head with the other teams best offensive players 5 on 5, and neutralize and outscore them are more valuable players in the league. Nuge usually draws the other teams best talent historically, and has done well in that situation. This year he is struggling.

        bad thing about our team, is the more depth we have, the worse our players seem to play. If Ebs and Nuge are our only good players, they are world beaters, but when we have more good players around them, they stop performing… That is a big problem.

        Add Pou and McDavid to our present lineup, we should dominate, but I bet the play of a bunch of our players will drop off,a dn we will hardly be any further ahead. That is what I ahve noticed over the years.

      • 2Oilers4

        The Process makes the Player so the men who make themselves available to be on the ice in the most optimal situations will eventually lead the entire Pack.

        The best players in the NHL MUST BY PROXY be on WINNING TEAMS….you CANNOT BE considered the best if you cannot elevate your entire Team and put them on your shoulders,yes there are a multitude of ways different Leaders can do this,we have seen Smurfs and Giants escalate their games this way.

        We shall see what we have within 2 years,no one is peaking yet,lol.

  • WHH

    Hall and Leon look like they’ll be good (really good) together for a long time. Really good. The McDonagh hit to the head or whatever it was on Purcell then dive when teddy retaliated should have been called. Annoys me, still shouldn’t have retaliated in that situation but take them both!! Teddy do nothing Purcell is growing on me, I think I’d like him back next year but signed for one or 2 years max.

  • nuge2drai

    Oiler Domination To Follow

    Even when the Oilers were struggling this team just seemed better than in years past.

    If the goalTending holds up, this could be the year we make a run.