GDB 36.0 Wrap Up: Oilers @ Canucks

*makes fart sounds with mouth* Final Score: 2-1 Canucks in OT

Greetings, citizens! I hope all of you had an excellent Christmas with your family, friends, or whoever agreed to spend time with you. Were you all spoiled with gifts according to your naughty/nice Corsi? Excellent. I’m happy to hear it. Despite my best attempts, my Christmas wish was not granted as once again the Oilers played McDavidless hockey against the heathens that are the Vancouver Canucks. 

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From where I sit (pantless) there’s nothing more annoying than knowing that the Oilers are trailing the Canucks in the standings based solely on Vancouver’s ability to squeeze out loser points. The Canucks have fewer wins than the Oilers yet they have more points on the board than we do. Getting a win tonight was crucial to not only keeping pace with the rest of the Pacific Division, but also a step towards undoing the injustice of the Bettman points. Unfortunately, it was not meant to be.

The Oilers started off tonight’s game well, taking an early lead in the process, but had their play fall off a cliff in the second period. Vancouver pressed throughout the middle frame, tied the game, and probably should have led after the Oilers gave them seemingly endless opportunities to create offence. Whether it was screwing up easy breakouts or turning the puck over at the opposing blue line, the Oilers did not make this game easy on themselves. They lost because of mistakes and there were a lot to choose from.

This was a winnable game for Edmonton.

Wrap it up like Christmas leftovers.

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  • The Oilers had a fairly solid start tonight. I was wondering what they would be like after a few days off but they had legs and played with some jump off the start (outshot the Canucks 13-6 in the first).  
  • Mark Letestu walked into the slot and roofed his 4th goal of the season like he was some kind of offensive juggernaut. 
  • Matt Hendricks plays the game hard and it’s nice to see him get rewarded with an assist for his seemingly endless hard work. 
  • Darnell Nurse hasn’t played against the Sedins many times in his young career but he saw a lot of them tonight, and held his own for the most part. There were a few times Nurse’s decision making looked rushed as he gave away the puck on breakout attempts. 
  • Cam Talbot kept the Oilers in the game when they likely shouldn’t have been. That being said, I think even he would say he would like to have the overtime winner back. Talbot looks like he’s set to continue his run as the starter with another solid night. Talbot finished with 22 saves and a .917 save%.
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  • At least we got a point?



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  • Elliotte Friedman mentioned Edmonton as a possible landing destination for Zack Kassian. I don’t like it. I’ll never forget about what Kassian did to Sam Gagner and how he refused to answer the bell for it afterwards. It would feel too dirty. Dislike. Abort. 
  • Luke Gazdic made a bad play on the icing that got his line pinned in their own zone for an extended period of time. Rather than a quick bounce of the boards he sent it all the way and the team paid for it. 
  • Nikita Nikitin is an all world goat. Rather than walk the puck out of his own zone he makes a backhanded pass to nobody which results in zone time for the Canucks, and the Jannik Hansen goal. I’m dying to know what the Oilers would get for him apart from some kind of invoice. 
  • The power play was brutal again tonight. They couldn’t get anything done. They scored as much as I did in high school going 0/3 on the night.
  • Speaking of the power play, Justin Schultz seems to be doing his best to recreate the Belanger triangle while on the man advantage. Not to mention the fact that Jultz played 27:12 tonight. HOW DOES HE DESERVE THAT MUCH ICE?
  • It was a bad night for the Pouliot-Nuge-Eberle line. They were quiet all night, and often found themselves pinned in their own zone. 
  • How many turnovers did the Oilers have at their own blue line? 
  • The Gryba/Nikitin pairing gave me heartburn all night.
  • Markstrom stole this game for the Canucks. He made some huge saves when they needed them and the Oilers couldn’t beat him. He finished the night with 32 saves and a .970 save%.


12:55 EDM Mark Letestu (4) Wrist shot – ASST: Lauri Korpikoski (3), Matt Hendricks (4) 1 – 0 EDM
03:37 VAN Jannik Hansen (11) Wrist shot – ASST: Henrik Sedin (24), Daniel Sedin (21) 1 – 1 Tie
04:01 VAN Jannik Hansen (12) Slapshot – ASST: Matt Bartkowski (7), Jacob Markstrom (1) 2 – 1 VAN


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  • Stack Pad Save

    Two take aways from last night game.

    The Oilers are still the Oilers.

    And Bob Nicholson is clearly on Board with the Katz and Lowe show, the love in continues.

  • Stack Pad Save

    We need those 2 defencemen back or we’re going to gas this whole 5 game set and lose too much ground in the playoff race. If the powerplay would jettison Jultz, even play Nikitin there in his place couldn’t be any worse (at least he has a shot) we might salvage something out of this next few games.Desparate times and I don’t like our chances tonite at all.

  • Serious Gord

    An addendum to my comment above:

    The worst team this year – Columbus – is on pace for 64 points. That’s 2 points more than EDM got when it finished 28th last year. In sum there arent two teams battling for the first pick this year.

    But there are more very bad teams this year than last. Only 6 pts separates 28th and 17th this season. Last season finished with a gap of 34 points between those two places – at this point in the season that would equate to a 15 point gap.

  • bazmagoo

    You aren’t going to win many game with Fayne and Nikitin on your roster, and Schultz playing 27 minutes a night. It will take Chiarelli a few years to fix the defence, hopefully he stops listening to the old Oilers ASAP.

  • Jay (not J)

    Are the players this bad, or is it the system[s]? How is it that players that have \NHL pedigree and many are high draftees, cant get the friggin puck out of their own end 80% of time.
    These are the same players that can barely score one goal on most nights..

    These are the same players that rarely score on the power play.

    Many of these players don’t show up for games on many many nights.. that can’t be the systems.[looking at you Nuge and Eberle]

    PS: Sedin has hemorrhoids and we still cant beat them.!

  • Oilers21

    All you guys slamming Schultz for last night, I put you all in the same class as Verdad2.0. I’m not a Schultz fan but he doesn’t deserve the hate he’s getting. I’ve watched the D the last two games.

    Ebs, Pou, Nik, Gadz were the main problems vs Vancouver. Hendricks had some terrible giveaways.

    Sekera played pretty well but had a couple giveaways at the blue line resulting in good chances. Fayne had one in the D zone. Gryba did okay in the role he’s in.
    Schultz and Nurse were the best D for the Oilers last night. Shultz isn’t a 4 mil defenseman but he certainly wasn’t the cause of any good chances against. Maybe once when the Sedins were on but you also have to give credit to the good plays by the brothers.

    I agree the powerplay is terrible. The puck never got out of the Oiler end on the right side when Ebs was on the ice. Pou had troubles too. RNH didn’t look real good but he’s not getting any help out there. The most chances against the Oilers were when that line was on the ice. Also many with the Gadzic line, particularly when Gryba and Nikitin were on.

    The last goal was on Talbot. He should have had. Maybe he was still feeling the affects of that head shot.

    Oiler’s were outplayed but not as badly as they have been in previous victories. Bad luck and not enough sustained offence. Vancouver D was beatable and we couldn’t beat them.

  • The poster formerly known as Koolaid drinker #33

    The Oilers badly miss Kelfbom and McDavid but should be ok when they return. Looks like they might miss the playoff cut this year at the current win/loss rate they are playing. I’m still hoping they still sneak in. Way more exciting watching when your team makes the playoffs.