GDB 42.0 Wrap Up: Lightning @ Oilers

The Oilers scored five goals and lost the game 3-2. Final Score: 3-2 Lightning

Coming into tonight’s game the Oilers were undefeated in 2016, and I was ready to keep the train rolling. The Oilers are only single digits away from a playoff spot, and that is the closest they’ve been in a long time. Regardless of whether you think they’ll make the dance or not, I’m enjoying the ride of meaningful games past November for all that it’s worth. I wanted to see a win tonight. I wanted to keep the delusions rolling, and I guess I deserve what happened for being excited.

With how the night started I wasn’t so sure that my dreams of an undefeated 2016 would come to fruition. The Oilers didn’t look ready to play as was evident by taking two penalties within the first five minutes. Admittedly, the hooking call on Draisaitl was pretty cheap, but the too many men call was unnecessary. As it ended up, those early penalties would end up being meaningless. Fortunately, the Lightning’s power play is akin to that of the Oilers and they were unable to score on their early opportunities. Luckily Tampa didn’t need to score their own goals tonight.

What should have been two points on the board, considering the two goal lead going into the third period, wound up being one of the weirdest losses in NHL history. Every single goal the Tampa Bay Lightning scored was as a result of an Oiler player touching the puck before it went in the net. Not only have I never seen three own goals in one game, I’ve never seen that many in a month. This has to go down as one of the most all time #HereComeTheOilers losses in the history of the franchise. I am honestly speechless. I feel bad for the guys that scored on themselves, and I feel bad for Cam Talbot for having that happen. So. Funking. Weird.  

The wrap.

THE BRIGHT SIDE

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  • One day closer to McDavid.
  • Justin Schultz had another good night tonight and even capped it off with a goal. I know I’ll get hammered for this in the comments but I think he’s been playing much better of late. 
  • Benoit Pouliot was causing mayhem in front of the net and was able to tip in the shot from Nugent-Hopkins to end the Oilers’ power play drought. 
  • Nuge has been putting up assists like the days of old with his seventh in seven games. 
  • Taylor Hall played a great game tonight aside from the own goal. He was flying, wanted the puck on his stick, and produced chances all night long. 
  • Brandon Davidson is a great story in every sense. How many people would have expected him to become an important cog on defense? Not to mention the fact that he’s the first late round pick that the Oilers have made that could potentially work out long term. 
  • Tonight’s game was a wasted effort for Cam Talbot. He was solid all night, but it’s hard to win a game when your teammates put three past you. He finished the night with 23 saves and an .885 save% which is unfair considering the circumstances. 
  • Tickets are on sale for the Nation ski trip to Jasper! Get yours before they sell out.

THE FACE PALMERS

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  • C’MON, REALLY?!? THREE OWN GOALS?!?
  • The Oilers started out the game with two penalties in the first five minutes of play. Be ready to play, boys.
  • Even though the power play scored tonight I would still like to see them shoot with much more frequency than they have been. Far too often you watch the puck go around the perimeter rather than throwing it towards the net.  
  • Leon Draisaitl’s goalless streak has been extended to 13 games (not for lack of trying, he was firing the puck tonight). I don’t include this as a knock against Draisaitl but more to show that young players will have ebbs and flows throughout the year. Let’s maybe pump the breaks on moving our depth at centre. 
  • I understand the need to find shooting lanes on the power play, but for the love of Gord will you please shoot the puck? Nuge shot the puck and it went in on a tip. Sometimes that happens. Shoot the puck.
  • Although the penalty kill has been solid, the Oilers gave the Lightning way too many opportunities. 
  • Viktor Hedman hadn’t scored in 16 games… but he gets one against the Oilers. Well… Taylor Hall actually scored, but… you know what I mean. I feel terrible for Taylor Hall though. He made a great backcheck to break up a 2-on-1 but he ended up putting it in his own net. 
  • All three Tampa goals were scored by Oilers. Think about that for a minute. How the hell does that happen?
  • The reffing was brutal tonight. There was missed calls all over the ice, and I mean that both ways. 

SCORING SUMMARY

1ST PERIOD
15:20 EDM Justin Schultz (2) Backhand shot – ASST: Jordan Eberle (8) 1 – 0 EDM
2ND PERIOD
03:38 EDM PPG – Benoit Pouliot (9) Tip-in – ASST: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (21), Andrej Sekera (11) 2 – 0 EDM
3RD PERIOD
03:01 TBL Nikita Kucherov (15) Slapshot – ASST: Victor Hedman (17), Tyler Johnson (8) 2 – 1 EDM
14:50 TBL Victor Hedman (3) Tip-in – ASST: NONE 2 – 2 Tie
15:51 TBL Steven Stamkos (18) Deflected shot – ASST: Victor Hedman (18), Vladislav Namestnikov(10) 3 – 2 TBL

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PREVIOUS EPISODES

  • bradleypi

    GAME MANAGEMENT seems like a buzzword considering how much McL uses it, but he’s not wrong.

    When the Oilers were up on the Flames last week, they go on a PP with their two goal lead. Hall decides to go for a big hit, trapping him in the offensive zone when the play was most likely going back in the Oilers end. Making the safe play would have prevented any dangerous rush going the other way. That one goal was enough to kickstart momentum.

    When you’re up two goals, you don’t take your foot off the pedal but you ease up on it to avoid a spinout on a harmless corner (to borrow from racing strategy) and you certainly don’t take unnecessary risks. “Game Management” is knowing what decisions are the right ones considering the context.

    Tonight, Sekera made a pinch play with almost exactly 5 minutes to go in the game while the Oilers had the lead.

    The safe play would’ve prevented any danger. Even if TB tied it in the last minute, the Oilers would’ve had a point to show for this.

    That’s something that I hoped the entire team learned in the game against Calgary. Every player has the ability to make it, it should be a teaching moment for all. It might take another 20-40 games to learn this, until then these sorts of losses will sting.

  • Dwayne Roloson 35

    I’m still treating the first 4 games as an adjustment period and see the oilers record at 17-18-3

    Count the game where we should have beaten LA and we’re an above .500 club.

    This loss sucks but a loss is still a loss no matter how the loss was achieved.

    I’m sure they’ll move on like a winning team does. Mclellan is changing the losing ways and Chiarelli knows what he’s working with now.

    Great time to be an oilers fan. We get a chance to snap Florida’s winning streak and ConYak will be back soon.

  • Mr.Snrub

    The Hockey gods aren’t on the Edmonton Oilers side and really why would they be? This is an organization that has employed Kevin Lowe for the past 19.5 years!

    We also happen to be a team/fanbase on it’s way to a 10th consecutive season missing the playoffs and not only is that ok with most fans and media types it’s all part of the plan.

    Disgusting! But hey maybe next year right? We’ll find out once the Oilers MVP aka Bill Daly shows up with his envelops in a few months.

  • For Pete's Sake!

    Disappointing, but fire Chia?

    Really, people need to f’n relax. No one thought we’d make the playoffs with a full line up and yet here we are within striking distance and we’ve yet to have a full line up all season.

    I hope the boys continue to give it their all until the wounded come back and finish the year strong.

    I hope people quit watching that are gong to continually bash this team of very young players who have done more this season than they have in years.

    I enjoy every game, win or lose and I haven’t said that for a decade.

        • AJ88

          Bradley,
          New management has only been here months, unfortunate injuries has allowed management to get a better look at a number of Oilers which in a round about way is a positive. Changes are coming, closer to trade deadline and beyond… more sellers and buyers coming soon and we should have a month of a full team by the deadline.

          • AJ88

            Just cool your jets OT…just quit thinking you know everything about anything. Sorry, but I don’t think the Oilers will be active until after the all-star break and closer to trade deadline and beyond.

            Anyway back to The Crown kook-aid. A few more and maybe I’ll give Katz a call to see if he will do the proper thing and throw in another $100M for the arena…Just because that is what a smart businessman does.

    • bradleypi

      More this season? They’re in last bro. The only team in the west that is under .500 and every team in the division has at least 2 games in hand on them. The weakest division in hockey mind you. I’m not saying fire Chiarelli but shouldn’t he do something????? Anything???? You can sit there on your high horse and try to convince us that this is a good team but in reality it isn’t! And last night’s implosion was the proof. I’ve been begging for Chiarelli to improve the defence since preseason and here we are in last while good young dmen are being traded or shopped. 5 games under .500 and it’d be even worse if nilsson didn’t play out of his mind for 2 weeks. So you keep enjoying watching the losses pile up. The rest of us want results. “Visually better” doesn’t equate to wins!

          • bradleypi

            I’d assume because Hall is a warlord and a bully. Not to mention an elite goal scorer with the toughness and a two way game that has the other players in the league in envy. An All Star who is 4th, 6th or top 5 or top 10 in points.

          • bradleypi

            Well you simply wouldnt for the most obvious reason of all…….asset management….its business….of all NHL Cities EDMONTON knows this best.

            There is no comparing one gold nugget to the next,and the Oilers own the Motherlode.

            Really,simply waiting out the developmentel curves will bring default Stanley Cups,the dream Dynasty didnt catch fire in 2012…..now it business as usual.

          • bradleypi

            That’s a real funny one. Forgive me if I forget to laugh. Just because you know absolutely nothing about oilers and hockey doesn’t mean the rest of us are as dumb as you. I’d definitely expect an nhl defencemen back for him. He doesn’t cost the oilers as many games as you or oilersnation blames him for. It’s a team game last time I checked and this isn’t a very good team.

      • bradleypi

        Everyone needs to relax. Are the Oilers making the playoffs this year? I ask the question, why would you give ANYTHING up for help this year?!?!?!?! Gawd!!!!¡! I’m so glad there’s actual professional management in charge of this team. If they’d listened to half the people on this site McDavid would be gone because he had 4 games getting used to NHL PLAY. RNH gone for a defenseman who is unproven. Hall gone for ANYONE!!!!! Just sit back and realize that there is a reason Joe Schmo isn’t ever gonna be GM. (Thank God)

        • bradleypi

          The playoffs are within reach bro. Have you even been paying attention this year? Here’s a recap for you….. Oilers hire Chiarelli who in turn hires McLellan. Oilers draft a guy named connor McDavid. Oilers get off to a slow start because Chiarelli refuses to improve his defence. McDavid gets hurt. Oilers start playing improved hockey under McLellans system. Taylor hall is playing like he’s possessed. Pacific is the weakest division in hockey giving the oilers a chance to sneak into, not a wild card, but a divisional playoff spot. Chiarelli still stands pat as season slowly slips away….. are you caught up now? Ya you’re right. Maybe no one EXPECTED the playoffs this year, but they are right there! For the taking. And Jones and shattenkirk wouldn’t have just been rentals, they could have been oilers for years to come. You should really start watching bro.

  • For Pete's Sake!

    A comedy of errors. When you watch a game like that, you just wonder, will the hockey gods ever smile on this team??

    How does that old song go, “Winners always win and losers always lose.”

    The Oilers always find a way. Mind you, when you’re always defending a lead in your own end, these things are almost inevitable, aren’t they?

  • You just got LITT up!

    Seriously? how oiler fans can question the hockey gods… you won McDavid! Everything bad that happens to the oilers is deserved!

    hahahah – the hockey gods hate us. classic oilers.

  • bradleypi

    Where are all the people that keep saying RNH and Ebs need to be traded?

    Also, why can we never have both our top 2 lines producing at the same time. We might actually start winning.

    • bradleypi

      Why make trades you ask? Ummm because this team is in last place every year? You watch at all? And is your 2nd comment a question or a statement? I’m not sure what to say. Ya you’re absolutely right. Two lines scoring every night would help but this team isn’t good enough to win every night.

    • Spydyr

      I am right here.Never left.

      Have you seen the Oilers defence?
      The Oilers have no grit in the top two lines.

      It was time to trade some soft skill to fill gaping holes in the team a while back.

      I have been saying trade Eberle for a few years now but am still not big on trading Nuge unless the return is to good to pass on.

  • bradleypi

    This is just an observation, to My-Eye there is overwhelming evidence showing the TB goals to have been produced via an accurate and consistantly applied set of advanced – NHS tactics.

    The Oilers own Tactics were very very simply applied against them….lol.

    The goals were not “fluke”….they were consistantly reproduced dynamic results….in some circles where IDA and IDM are recognised respected and revered its called “rinse and repeat”.

    The real question which should be asked is how in the heck did that Oilers focus get shoved down their own throats so efficiently by an…. Empty-Hand?…or a Hidden Hand?

    Who or what could possibly understand a Systems impacts well enough to dissect it so efficiently?

    Jeepers creepers…..the TB Coaches made one simple adjustment which the Oiler Coaches COULDNT EVEN UNDERSTAND was being done to them…. ONLY one adjustment, they used Intuitive Dynamic Analysis to define an Oilers process target or in short one of their most CONSISTANTLY PRODUCED DYNAMIC “Process Catalysed” IMPACTS and then used Intuitive Dynamic Management to draw up and execute terminal goal scoring tactics.All in about 10 minutes.

    They rocked the Oilers to sleep.

    “Wait for it…..Wait for it……Wait for it…..BANG.

    Rinse and Repeat 3 times and you win the game and earn the 2 points.

    Why-When-Where-and How they managed to do these things would be considered to be proprietary NHL Tactical data of the highest value.It would be very difficult to find and VERY EXPENSIVE to retain.Lol.”If” you could source it.LOL.

    The Thing Is Though….the Oilers looked VISUALLY like the better team ….because….they ARE STILL FOCUSING THEIR ENTIRE ARSENAL on the blatant sooo very bush-league reproduction of corgi and other BS advanced stats mantras.

    “Waiting for the numbers or %’s to fall onto their side of the equation”

    They are still “waiting”???

    Soooo sad.

    Leon Draisaitl could easily score a Hat-trick in ANY GIVEN GAME…..simply because he is smart enough to ” rinse and repeat” if given the Process catalysed opportunity.

    13 games without a goal is the Coaches dereliction,3 games without a goal is dereliction.

    If they “cant” do it then it is the GMs dereliction for NOT BRINGING IN THE SYSTEM MANAGEMENT TOOLS THE HEAD COACH NEEDS.Whatever they are using JUST ISNT GOOD ENOUGH.Full stop.

  • bradleypi

    This is just an observation, to My-Eye there is overwhelming evidence showing the TB goals to have been produced via an accurate and consistantly applied set of advanced – NHS tactics.

    The Oilers own Tactics were very very simply applied against them….lol.

    The goals were not “fluke”….they were consistantly reproduced dynamic results….in some circles where IDA and IDM are recognised respected and revered its called “rinse and repeat”.

    The real question which should be asked is how in the heck did that Oilers focus get shoved down their own throats so efficiently by an…. Empty-Hand?…or a Hidden Hand?

    Who or what could possibly understand a Systems impacts well enough to dissect it so efficiently?

    Jeepers creepers…..the TB Coaches made one simple adjustment which the Oiler Coaches COULDNT EVEN UNDERSTAND was being done to them…. ONLY one adjustment, they used Intuitive Dynamic Analysis to define an Oilers process target or in short one of their most CONSISTANTLY PRODUCED DYNAMIC “Process Catalysed” IMPACTS and then used Intuitive Dynamic Management to draw up and execute terminal goal scoring tactics.All in about 10 minutes.

    They rocked the Oilers to sleep.

    “Wait for it…..Wait for it……Wait for it…..BANG.

    Rinse and Repeat 3 times and you win the game and earn the 2 points.

    Why-When-Where-and How they managed to do these things would be considered to be proprietary NHL Tactical data of the highest value.It would be very difficult to find and VERY EXPENSIVE to retain.Lol.”If” you could source it.LOL.

    The Thing Is Though….the Oilers looked VISUALLY like the better team ….because….they ARE STILL FOCUSING THEIR ENTIRE ARSENAL on the blatant sooo very bush-league reproduction of corgi and other BS advanced stats mantras.

    “Waiting for the numbers or %’s to fall onto their side of the equation”

    They are still “waiting”???

    Soooo sad.

    Leon Draisaitl could easily score a Hat-trick in ANY GIVEN GAME…..simply because he is smart enough to ” rinse and repeat” if given the Process catalysed opportunity.

    13 games without a goal is the Coaches dereliction,3 games without a goal is dereliction.

    If they “cant” do it then it is the GMs dereliction for NOT BRINGING IN THE SYSTEM MANAGEMENT TOOLS THE HEAD COACH NEEDS.Whatever they are using JUST ISNT GOOD ENOUGH.Full stop.