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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This week we welcome Chris the Intern back and the boys talk Oilers playoff hopes, the return of Jordan Eberle, Stamkos to the Oilers, and we have a contest to give away FREE STUFF!! 

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  • bazmagoo

    RNH is garbage, utter useless garbage.

    Said this for months.

    Chiarelli is an incompetent.
    Should be fired tomorrow for willfully doing nothing.

    Schultz is gutless noting, simply release him.

    • Reds

      You are easily the worst commenter on this website and there’s a couple doozies but you take the cake.

      Notice how Verdad constantly posts his same garbage (FIRE CHIARELLI) every time the Oilers lose, and only when the Oilers lose.

      Verdad vanishes when the Oilers win because his act doesn’t work when the Oilers win.

      Verdad should take another sport up like competitive knitting because he’s clueless when it comes to hockey management.

      • Stack Pad Save

        My wife knits, trust me, it is too complicated for Verdad2.o to follow.

        If you actually watch the game you have to feel for RNH playing with Eberle and Pou right now.

        Every single time that line gets hemmed in their zone Ebs or Pou get a pass on the half board and cant move the puck efficiently out of their own end. Plus anyone playing with Schultz last night was sure not to get a pass on their stick. Even Craig Simpson commented on how bad of a passer he was last night.

        There is a reason Eberle only has 3 assists this season and it is because he is terrible right now. He had Nurse streaking the net on a 3 on 2 and Nurse drove around the D-man and was open and Eberle passed it to the corner.

        RNH is not the problem of this line. He is even winning face-offs right now. Also WTF is RNH doing in front of the net on the PP? The PP needs to be reworked and they need to separate RNH and Drai, they both work best of off the half-wall.

        • Oilfaninvan

          Chiarelli is an incompetent, keep reminding yourself of that.
          He has had many chances to deconstruct this team and has ignored all oppornities.
          Instead, we are left with garbage, heartless , gutless garbage.
          Scultz, RNH , and Eberle prime examples.
          All true Oiler fans knew this when Chiarelli took over, yet he decider to sleep away the summer.
          Imagine this team with O’Reilly instead of RNH.
          Imagine this team with Johansen without RNH.
          Imagine this team with Stempniak and no Eberle.
          Imagine this team with just no Schultz.

          • Reds

            True Oiler fans don’t harp on a General Manager within less than a calendar year.

            Scratch that, Smart Oiler fans don’t harp on a GM less than a calendar year in and have reasonable expectations.

            You’re far from one of them.

  • .

    If the Oilers can get Kassian for Scrivens, as Elliotte Friedman was alluding to on HNIC, that would be a great deal for the Oilers.

    Kassian might be a reclamation project, but the Oilers have had success with these before. Remember Don “Sniffles” Murdoch and Craig “Vehicular Manslaughter” Mactavish?

    Kassian could add some much needed muscle and intimidation to the lineup, he is only 24 years old, and he put up some very decent scoring numbers his last two years with the Canucks.

    Who cares what he did to Samwise, its all water under the bridge, plus he his Hall’s homey from their Spitfire days.

    Kassian for Scrivens? Do it PC.

    • .

      Kassian. .Spitz… I’d trade for him and bag skate the prick for the entire year in the AHL. Or just keep Scrivens. He’s been doing well lately. We are only one injury away from calling Scrivens up.

    • MorningOwl

      I’m not a fan of what Kassian did to Gagner’s jaw but if this crazy guy can bring some speedy tough play to any of our top 2 lines and help to protect McDavid then all will be forgotten about Gagner. More importantly, Chia has to research just how rehabilitated this guy is. The Nuge and Ebs have looked awfully small and intimidated recently. It seems the opposition love giving Ebs a facewash every time they get.

    • Lofty

      I’m not the sentimental type, so Kassian’s decapitation of Gagner is neither here nor there for me. I question the move for other reasons.

      1. Kassian turned his back on Gazdic when the latter was looking for pay back. Tells me Kassian is a bully boy who will not stand up when the going gets tough.

      2. Who would he replace? Is he a better hockey player than Gazdic or JJ? At least the latter 2 seem to be willing to stand when needed.

      3. Reclamation projects seldom work out. In the Sather days he would bring in one each year. Other than MacT none of theme worked out. Don Murdoch had 1/2 of a decent year with the Oil. Was out of the NHL a year and a half later.

      • .

        1. Who cares if he didn’t fight Gazdic. What he did what get an entire Oiler team off their game, and actually engaging in a fight has very little to with it. I’d love for the Oilers to have a guy everyone in the league hates – when was the last time we had a guy like that? Raffi Torres?

        2. After looking at his stats I’d argue he is a better player then Gazdic and JJ because he can score and put up points and has done this in consecutive seasons in Vancouver, in 2013-14 and 2014-15

        3. What do we have to lose if he doesn’t work out?

        • .

          I don’t think Kassian got the Oil of their game, they really were that bad.

          When your so called tough guy turns down a challenge is negatively impacts the team. The team then knows if I can’t count on this guy if I need some help. I will guarantee you that his turning is back on Gazdic hurt the ‘Nucks.

  • dach3569

    Another one of those games where we deserved to win but couldn’t quite make it happen. I prefer winning when we don’t deserve it to losing when we do.

  • bradleypi

    It’s time to get rid of all the passengers on this team like Purcell and eberle and Niki I can’t stand up Nakitin. It’s looks like you have some players are playing their asses off and then you have a bunch of chicken pleep

    • dach3569

      Maybe you missed the game tonight but Purcell had a pretty solid game, there are plenty of guys you could call out tonight but he isn’t one of them..

    • bradleypi

      Purcell played well. Had his feet moving and thinks the game on the same level as Hall and Draisaitl. Letting him walk with the idea that Yak could jump in there and the line would keep producing is in my opinion a bad idea. He should atleast be approached about a new deal.

      I’m starting to think I’m crazy. Schultz has been through 4 coaches now and each one seems to think he’s worthy of playing a lot of minutes in all situations. Our current coach has shown no hesitation in keeping established D-men out of the line up. Yet Schultz continues to play meaningful minutes. No press box. No AHL. No trade. No waivers. I must be missing something.

  • I’m not sure pointing out the bad play by players has helping at all, how about we try and focuse on the good plays and when players are playing well. One thing I do now The Oil need to step and take over games.