GDB 44.0 Wrap Up: Oilers @ Coyotes

At this point I’m just putting my head down and waiting for McDavid to come back. Final Score: 4-3 Coyotes in OT

How does it make any sense that the Oilers have been so historically bad against the Coyotes? It doesn’t. I mean, I know the Oilers have been bad but it’s not like the Coyotes have exactly been world beaters either. This morning, Jason Gregor told us that the Coyotes are 16-0-4 in their last 20 meetings against the Oilers, and that stat is mind blowing. It’s the Coyotes. They’re not winning Stanley Cups, or even playoff series. How can this team be running the show around here? Then it hit me.

The Coyotes could quite possibly be the most boring team in the NHL, or maybe even in sports. Much like what they do to the people watching, they lull the other team to sleep with their Gord awful trap style of play. After the other team finds themselves nodding off into sleep, the Coyotes pounce like the garbage dogs they are. To beat the Arizona Coyotes you would have to be patient, figure out how to stay awake, and minimize the number of turnovers offered up mid-slumber. To make this happen, the Oilers would have to play a solid road game, and the trainers would need a healthy of supply of smelling salts to keep the players awake.

For the first 40 minutes, I thought the Oilers followed my recipe for desert success quite nicely. They were patient with the puck, scored on the power play, and were generating more than they were giving up. Really, the Oilers didn’t give up very much to anyone that wasn’t named Max Domi. The problem, of course, was that they gave to Max Domi was his first career hat trick and that it all happened in the last 30 minutes of the game. Most disconcerting about tonight was that it was another instance of the Oilers coughing up a third period lead, and losing the game. The loser point they got seems fitting.   

Wrap it up.

THE BRIGHT SIDE

PhiPhi

  • Another game closer to McDavid. The Oilers lost again so I’m expecting the Oilers to release some new footage of him doing something awesome at practice. 
  • Welcome back to the scoresheet Big Sexy 2.0! Draisaitl scored his 10th goal of the season on a beautiful play by Jordan Eberle to get him the puck. This was Draisaitl’s first goal since December 9th, and he was pumped to get it. He wasn’t finished with a goal as he followed that up with a gorgeous pass to set Justin Schultz up for a power play goal.

  • Credit when credit is due: Justin Schultz scored a beautiful goal tonight (his third) after Leon Draisaitl set him up on a tee, and had an assist on Pouliot’s goal in the third. Schultz has been playing much better over the past four or five games, and he’s doing it at the perfect time. Trade deadline is just around the corner…
  • Benoit Pouliot scored another goal on a tip-in for the second time in a week. He has great hand-eye coordination and should be a mainstay in front of the net, on the power play. He had two points on the night.
  • Three assists for Jordan Eberle.
  • They scored a power play goal? THEY SCORED TWICE ON THE POWER PLAY GOAL! 
  • Tickets are on sale for the Nation ski trip to Jasper! Get your tickets before they sell out.

THE FACE PALMERS

Tornado

  • The Oilers coughed up two goal leads on two separate occasions. Worst of which was the 3-1 lead they had early in the third period. 
  • Another loss to a divisional opponent. 
  • The Coyotes play an incredibly boring brand of hockey. They sit back. They wait. Attack when possible. Zzzzz…
  • The Oilers dressed seven defenseman over playing Luke Gazdic tonight. When he has been playing it’s only been for a few minutes and he hasn’t fought anyone. Waivers is coming, right? I mean, when McDavid comes back and Klefbom comes back… Luke Gazdic has a very tough job but if he’s not playing, and he’s not fighting, where does he fit?
  • Max Domi hadn’t scored in ages. Luckily for him there is nothing on this planet that the Oilers seem to love more than breaking a guy out of his slump. One goal? No problem. Two? Sure, can do. First career hat trick? Hell yes. 
  • Taylor Hall took a bad luck high sticking penalty in overtime and the Coyotes scored the winner. 
  • Anders Nilsson played reasonably well in his first start since December 27th, but that wasn’t good enough. With Cam Talbot handling the bulk of the work lately, I was interested to see how Nilsson would fill in and he was nothing to write home about. Though I don’t blame Nilsson for all of the goals against, he probably could have had a couple of them. Nilsson finished the night with 27 saves and an .871 save%.
  • Arizona dominated the faceoff circle 45/27 for 63%.
  • The penalty kill allowed three goals on four attempts. Brutal. 
  • Why can’t we have a defenseman like OEL? Ridiculously good, and he never seemed to leave the ice. 

SCORING SUMMARY

1ST PERIOD
18:43 EDM Leon Draisaitl (10) Wrist shot – ASST: Jordan Eberle (9), Benoit Pouliot (10) 1 – 0 EDM
2ND PERIOD
06:13 EDM PPG – Justin Schultz (3) Wrist shot – ASST: Leon Draisaitl (24), Jordan Eberle (10) 2 – 0 EDM
12:37 ARI Max Domi (11) Wrist shot – ASST: Michael Stone (14), Oliver Ekman-Larsson (18) 2 – 1 EDM
3RD PERIOD
01:02 EDM PPG – Benoit Pouliot (10) Wrist shot – ASST: Justin Schultz (4), Jordan Eberle (11) 3 – 1 EDM
03:53 ARI PPG – Max Domi (12) Wrist shot – ASST: Anthony Duclair (12), Oliver Ekman-Larsson(19) 3 – 2 EDM
06:54 ARI PPG – Max Domi (13) Wrist shot – ASST: Mikkel Boedker (20), Oliver Ekman-Larsson(20) 3 – 3 Tie
OT PERIOD
04:51 ARI PPG – Oliver Ekman-Larsson (1) Slapshot – ASST: Michael Stone (1) 4 – 3 ARI

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  • R U Kidding Me!

    Arizona, scored 4 power play goals, and three of them came from an 18 year old rookie.

    I know we have had too many coaches, but when you have all these ‘star’ players in line up and your Pk and PP suck big ones, its on the coaches and systems.

    Todd might have made a big mistake by bringing his clowns with him from San Jose.

    Then you have two Golden Bear guys who have never really laced on a pair of NHL skates.

    40 games in , when is time to question Todd Mac? My biggest fear is that he cannot seem to get these guys up for games consistently.

    I question his post game show, when asked about a comeback on the Hall hit, and he got very annoyed with the question… is this guy turn the other cheek softness kind of guy, which might influence the team….

  • billythebullet

    I like how Verdad only shows up here when the Oilers lose (which is admittedly quite often). He is never around when they win.

    He also likes to disappear and not respond when someone asks him reasonable questions.

    We should have a drinking game for verdad:

    – Verdad mentions that Chiarelli should be fire: 1 drink
    – Verdad calls Chia incompetent: 2 drinks
    – Verdad says all Chia does is dither: 3 drinks
    – Verdad mentions trading hall for OEL: Finish your drink
    – Verdad makes a reasonable comment or argument: Quit drinking for a year

  • Chainsawz

    Imagine the bullet point in the bright side had Hall collected 3 assists last night. You’d need to wear goggles and a bio-hazard suit it would be gushing so much.

    Instead it was Eberle and he gets 6 words.

    In case you weren’t keeping track, those 3 points puts Eberle back in the lead for points by an Oiler over the last 5 seasons.

    The Dangerfield of the Oilers.

  • Mr.Snrub

    Is anyone out there getting tired of hearing Drew Remenda ( President of the TM Fan Club) wax poetic about all things TM?

    This man crush is weird …….what a useless broadcaster!

  • Al Theeathoone

    Let’s have a look at the Oilers current “SYSTEM” beginning last spring;

    Phase one – Hire an overseer (Nicholson) with zero NHL experience to do an audit on what this team needs to become a respectable successful NHL team. Then give him a whole bunch of non hockey related duties in the Ice District so he can’t keep his mind on the audit or the team’s well being.

    Next, hire a Manager that was run out of his old job. That shouldn’t be a red flag should it?

    Have the overseer demote Lowe and McTavish but do it in such a way that you don’t have to admit they are the ones responsible for this mess, then keep them on as advisers because the new management team needs their wise input. Oh yeah and keep Howson because he knows what he’s doing too. Pretend these people are not in control at all any more but have them show up, sit at the draft table and then allow them up there on the stage with Connor to make it look like it was “their” expertise and wisdom that got them McDavid. And have McTavish stand right beside McDavid for the pictures. That shouldn’t make the new Manager and Coach or the fans or other League Managers that you might make deals with some day suspicious at all right? You know – the Managers that wouldn’t do any deals with Lowe and MacT for years…

    Next, trade your two high draft picks in the best draft in years for Reinhart (instead of a trading for real number one goalie or an experienced defense man) because MacTavish and Lowe watched him play for the Oil Kings and they are positive he’s really good. Then tell the fans and the media that Reinhart is gonna help this team immediately and we can’t wait a couple years for those valuable high draft picks to develop. Draft picks? We don’t need no stinkin draft picks. We’ve got Moroz, Pitlick, Yakimov, Slepyshev, Musil, Gernat and Dillon Simpson coming up real soon. Don’t we?

    MOST IMPORTANTLY – Convince the Edmonton fans and the media (especially Gregor and Stauffer who will gladly promote the propaganda) that the problem with the Oilers for the past ten years has been the “revolving door of coaches and management” so that no matter who gets hired we absolutely “must keep this new management and coaching staff” because the revolving door of management and coaches surely must stop (even though virtually none of the old management or coaches had any NHL experience or job skills or brains).

    Hire a coach that also was run out of his old job and give him a five year contract at 3 million per year making sure we have to keep him no matter what – (because the revolving door of coaches has to stop). Make sure your new Coach can talk like he really knows what he is doing (just like Eakins) so that when the inevitable losses pile up it won’t appear to be his fault. It’s the core’s fault after all but Todd will straighten them out and teach them how to play hockey.

    Have your new coach bring in his long time friends – his experienced capable assistants to put together a power play that is not only completely ineffective but is actually embarrassing and causing losses.

    Sign two back up goal tenders because that really worked last year didn’t it?
    Sign and bring in Letestu and Korpikoski even though they are soft, won’t defend their team mates and have no offensive skills at all.

    Send Nurse to the minors while keeping and playing Nikitin, Fayne, Schultz, Gryba, Hunt, Reinhart and Ference instead. Ya we don’t need a 6′ 4” hard nose, great skating offensive defense man like Nurse in our line up to get the season started.

    Send Draisaitl to the minors pissing him off and then play inept, incapable, soft, zero offense players like Lander, Schultz, Nikitin, Fayne, Korpikoski, Letestu, Klinkhammer, Khaira, Gazdic, Slepyshev and Pakarinen shift after shift – game after game even though every hockey fan over the age of seven can see none of them are actual NHL caliber players. That’s 11 players by the way (HALF THE TEAM).

    Put together 3rd and 4th lines that contribute zero offense and except for Hendricks has no grit.
    Bring up players from the farm that have zero offensive ability, no skill and no grit.

    Where is the actual evidence for the improvement we are told is happening today? Where is this so called experienced NHL coaching staff that will instill structure in this team and get our power play going? Is keeping the score close and not getting blown out in games but still losing an improvement? Losing is losing.

    Let’s face it – McLellan has been “OUT COACHED” in pretty much every game so far this season. Did you really think he could out coach Dave Tippet? How about Bob Hartley? Cooper? Bill Peters, Hitchcock? Anyone? Clearly NOBODY ON THIS TEAM IS BUYING IN to his B.S.. Both power play units aren’t listening to the coaches at all (half the team). That should be proof enough right there. Where would the Oilers be if they scored a goal a game on the power play this year so far?

    The Oilers will keep losing until Management has a coach that is SUITED FOR THIS TEAM instead of hiring Dictator type know it all coaches that believe they can force the team to be suited to them. The only thing McLellan does well is talk. Well, talk is cheap folks. Check the standings. http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/standings#/league

    Watch the games. We are getting out coached – not out played! Their record is much better at home because McLellan has the last line change. On the road he has no idea how to match lines and he is constantly exposed big time, ESPECIALLY LATE IN GAMES by pretty much every opposing coach faced so far.

    Todd McLellan is a huge failure and so is his inept posse. If he cannot change his coaching style or adapt it to suit this team he must be replaced. What exactly is his “system”? Constantly losing and embarrassing your fans is not a “system”. It’s a farce.

    It must be the bad core. Must be Hall, Eberle, Hopkins, Schultz, Drew Remenda, Bob Stauffer, and the Goalie Coach’s fault right?

    But of course it can’t be McLellan’s fault. You can’t replace him now.
    After all we have to stop this revolving door of coaches don’t we?