GDB 55.0 Wrap Up: Oilers @ Devils

Devils

Zzzzzzzzzzz Final Score: 2-1 Devils

All I really wanted for this game was for the Oilers to not lay a turd on the ice the way they had in Montreal and New York. The bar was pretty low. Would it be nice if they pulled out a win? Yes, of course, but I mostly just didn’t want to be embarrassed to be an Oilers fan — is that too much to ask? I don’t think so. I guess I never understood how the same team that absolutely pumped the Ottawa Senators could also be lit up the next two games. Then again, we’re Oilers fans so finding new and creative ways to be disappointed should never be surprising. 

Remember back in the day when Gretzky called the Devils a “Mickey Mouse organization?” It’s hilarious to think about with some hindsight. There hasn’t been a team worse than the Oilers over the past 10 seasons. That’s 10 whole years of “suck(ing) the hind banana” as Pat Quinn once put it. It’s almost impressive! I mean, how haven’t the Oilers ever been accidentally good at anything but the lottery? The tank life is strong, I guess. “Never has a tank been built this sturdy” future generations of Oilers fans will someday say.

Anyways…

As for tonight’s game, the Oilers certainly played better than they did on the weekend. That’s not really saying much and I’m not sure how they could have possibly played worse, but it’s true nevertheless. Frankly, Edmonton rolled into New Jersey with the lines blended and an ability to salvage points on this road trip against a tired Devils team that was playing on back-to-back nights. The Oilers had plenty of chances to take an early lead but they couldn’t cash in on anything. In the end it was the missed opportunities, both at regular strength and on the power play, that cost the Oilers the game.

This was a winnable game against a tired team, but once again the Oilers couldn’t take advantage.

We wrap.

THE BRIGHT SIDE

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  • There is no one better at missing the net than the Edmonton Oilers. Masters of the craft. 
  • He’s fresh into his NHL career but Connor McDavid makes any Oilers game more entertaining. His puck puck pursuit on Jordan’s Eberle’s goal (his 15th) was a thing of beauty. He may have lost the draw but he never lost the puck.
  • Brandon Davidson continues to impress Todd McLellan as he played a team leading 20:34 tonight. Not only is he a great story, he’s turning out to be a pretty damn good defenseman. 
  • Cam Talbot was much better than he was on the weekend. He made the saves you would expect him to make and he kept the Oilers in it. He finished the night with 24 saves and a .923 save%
  • They didn’t lose as bad as they did on the weekend?

THE FACE PALMERS

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  • The Oilers had plenty of early chances to score but they could never seem to cash on anything. It’s tough to win games when you only score one goal. 
  • The New Jersey Devils play an insanely boring brand of hockey. Awful to watch. To make matters worse the Devils played last night and the Oilers still couldn’t take advantage. 
  • I don’t know how many times the Oilers tried to break out by floating three guys at centre ice and trying to send through a long pass. That never works. Not now, not ever. 
  • This isn’t a new story, but the Oilers couldn’t get anything done on the power play. They had plenty of chances to take the lead but the PP couldn’t get anything done. Injuries aside, I think the disappearance of the power play (was there ever one?) has cost the Oilers more than a few wins this season. They went 0/3 on the night on the PP. 
  • At least the Oilers keep things consistent by losing both ends of the special teams battle. New Jersey went 2/5 on the power play.
  • Don’t ever stop partying Gaudreau and Monahan. Fight for your right to do it. I believe in you, brothers.
  • There wasn’t enough flu meds to make this game enjoyable. 

SCORING SUMMARY

1ST PERIOD
10:33 NJD PPG – Adam Henrique (18) Wrist shot – ASST: Lee Stempniak (25), Reid Boucher (2) 1 – 0 NJD
11:39 EDM Jordan Eberle (15) Snap shot – ASST: Benoit Pouliot (16), Connor McDavid (12) 1 – 1 Tie
2ND PERIOD
NONE
3RD PERIOD
07:13 NJD PPG – Reid Boucher (3) Snap shot – ASST: Adam Henrique (18), Tyler Kennedy (6) 2 – 1 NJD

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PREVIOUS EPISODES

  • Yakcity7

    Oiler positives:

    Didn’t have to watch Schultz

    Didn’t get blown out

    Still have good odds for the draft lottery

    Oiler Negatives:

    Schultz is still on the roster

    Lowe, MacT and Howson are still in management

    Still have good odds for the draft lottery

    Anyone else think Rundblad would’ve been a better waiver claim than Clendening?

  • hagar

    Let me guess the game plan for the rest of the season.

    Step 1) make no significant trades to help the defense out of fear of making the team worse.

    Step 2) do or say nothing for as long as possible until billboards get purchased and social media blows up in disgust

    Step 3) trade someone that everyone has known should be traded for two years to take the heat off for another few months until the draft

    Step 4) draft a player that any other team in the nhl could use to make their team competitive in a year, two tops.

    Step 5) start talking about how things are now on the right track again.

    • hagar

      Remember when Chiarelli was supposed to bring this savvy veteran GM experience and MacLellan was an elite coach? That was a good one.

      I’d love to see ON do a comparison between the Oilers under Nelson and MacLellan. I’m not seeing any significant improvement by the Oilers. McDavid and Drai have been great, but otherwise I think the Nelson-led team was better.

      And if PC wasn’t going to do anything, why did they remove MacT? He was good for nothing, but at least there were no expectations he’d do anything remotely useful.

      • Dwayne Roloson 35

        Chiarelli is bringing the veteran GM experience. He’s not saying our young players have Norris potential, he’s not throwing our goalie under the bus and he’s just doing his job. He’s a Harvard grad who was captain of the Harvard team for a reason.

        Coaching can only do so much. Babcock isn’t gonna make Toronto into a contender but he can get them to play the right way for when they do have the players to win.

        Nelson: 17-25-9 .422 win%

        Mclellan: 21-28-5 .435 win%

        I liked Nelson but I’d still go with Mclellan.

        Do you really want Mac-t running things or a GM who is actually respected around the league?

        • hagar

          PC please!!

          I think the frustration comes from watching trades come and go while we miss out on parts we need.

          I have zero doubt PC is trying, but maybe it is time to start losing points on value to get what we need.

          We aren’t far off on how we think, but I just want to see more aggressive moves happen at the expense of loss of initial value.

          There is a point where I can only eat the world’s best steak for so long before I need to realize I can’t live off steak, and need to trade my high valued steak, for lower valued veggies so I can survive and thrive.