GDB 76.0 Wrap Up: Oilers @ Coyotes

I take dessert over desert every single time. Final Score: 4-2

There are some things in this world that I just don’t understand (along with hundreds of warehouses full). One of those things is how the Edmonton Oilers can be so awful against the equally terrible Arizona Coyotes. Okay, so maybe the Coyotes are marginally less terrible than the Oilers, but they’re not world beaters, is what I’m getting at. Slightly better or not, that still doesn’t mean that the Coyotes should be running the show like they have been. After thinking about it, all I can conclude is that the Oilers are repeatedly lulled to sleep by the Coyotes’ horrible trap style of defense. I get it, man, they’re boring. But how do the Oilers not accidentally win sometimes?

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With the way the Oilers started this game I was actually hopefully that this ridiculous Coyotes curse might actually meet its match. Unfortunately, the dark art of Oilersing® themselves into giving their opponents prime scoring chances was on full display, and the Coyotes reaped the benefits. Whether it was power play chances or general Oilersing® in all three areas of the ice, the Coyotes had numerous opportunities to scoop up loose pucks and turn them into scoring chances. When you combine some moments of loose play with the Coyotes curse and another injury to Ryan Nugent-Hopkins what you have there is a textbook recipe for disappointment.

The wrap.

THE BRIGHT SIDE

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  • Connor McDavid finds himself on a five game point streak after picking up two more assists on both Jordan Eberle and Mark Letestu’s power play goals. How there is consideration for anyone other than Connor McDavid to win the Calder trophy is crazy to me. Games played or not, he’s the best rookie.  
  • I was super into the Hall-Nuge-Draisaitl line. They were producing chances and playing sound defensive hockey all night until Nuge went down. That was a line that could have done great things. I hope it gets another chance next season but preferably sooner. 
  • How many nights in a row do we have to talk about Jordan Oesterle before we start buying his jersey? I don’t know whether this is a red hot streak he’s in or if the Oilers have actually developed another defenseman, but he’s looking like a keeper right now. I think he’ll start next season in Bakersfield but will definitely push as the season goes on if he can maintain this level of play. He played over 27 minutes tonight.
  • Griffin Reinhart played over 23 minutes in what was another solid game for the Big Cat. He’s looked very good paired up with Oesterle and his minutes would show that McLellan agrees. 
  • The power play kept the Oilers in the game, and it was refreshing to see success with the man advantage. They finished the night 2/4 on the power play. 
  • Cam Talbot was good but not great and if that’s his low mark then we’re going to be golden. I think you could definitely say that he’d want the first goal back, but I’m not sure what he could have done on the other two. Talbot finished the night with 27 saves and a .900 save%.
  • Connor Murphy took a healthy run at Jordan Oesterle while Zack Kassian was on the ice. Kassian checked the number and then laid a clean hit on Murphy later on in the shift. Retribution done the right way right there my friends. Kassian will need a new contract this summer, and I’m asking what you think the number will be for dollars and term. Leave your guess down in the comments section. 

THE FACE PALMERS

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  • The Coyotes curse continues. They are 19-0-4 against the Oilers since 2011. Gross.
  • The Oilers really couldn’t get much going 5-on-5 and the cycle was virtually non-existent for long stretches of the night. 
  • Anyone who says Nuge is soft hasn’t been paying attention. He got his melon rattled because he was going into the tough areas after a loose puck. If he’s concussed, and this was his last game of the year, I hope it’s not his last game as an Oiler. The Oilers will lose that trade for the next decade+.
  • Tobias Rieder scores because of course he does. Great call on that one, Tambellini. 
  • Darnell Nurse got caught puck watching on the Alex Tanguay’s goal. Tanguay slipped behind ol’ Darryl and the puck wound up in the back of the net. To be fair to Nurse, Tanguay banged home a rebound that Talbot would have normally handled differently.  
  • The Oilers were 41% in the face off circle tonight. That’s not nearly good enough. It’s tough to win the game when you’re always chasing the puck. 
  • The penalty kill went 1/3. Not bad by any means, but notable. 

SCORING SUMMARY

1ST PERIOD
05:38 ARI Alex Tanguay (8) Wrist shot – ASST: Oliver Ekman-Larsson (31), Anthony Duclair (21) 1 – 0 ARI
09:04 EDM PPG – Jordan Eberle (23) Wrist shot – ASST: Lauri Korpikoski (10), Connor McDavid (27) 1 – 1 Tie
2ND PERIOD
12:22 ARI PPG – Martin Hanzal (11) Wrist shot – ASST: Michael Stone (29) 2 – 1 ARI
17:02 ARI Tobias Rieder (13) Wrist shot – ASST: Brad Richardson (18) 3 – 1 ARI
17:56 EDM PPG – Mark Letestu (10) Wrist shot – ASST: Andrej Sekera (21), Connor McDavid (28) 3 – 2 ARI
3RD PERIOD
19:14 ARI EN – Max Domi (18) Wrist shot – ASST: Martin Hanzal (25), Jiri Sekac (4) 4 – 2 ARI

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    • jdh1089

      He’s not injury prone. The shoulder injury was known from junior. The shot block was him having you know what on the PK and blocking a shot and today, any player would have been injured on that play. Unrelated unfortunate injuries.

      • toprightcorner

        I agree. If a player constantly has groin or hip issues, that is injury pron. Sometimes things happen when you play in the tough areas. The Oilers opponents have know for years they can freely it the Oilers and since they do, we are bound to get more injuries. Sign Lucic for top line, sign Matt Martin for 4th line and then with KAssian and Maroon and the teams will start to change their strategies and we will get hit less and less injuries will happen.

        A few more Darryl suspensions will help too.

  • ThinkingOutLoud

    Great effort right until the end – so many nights this team looked not just beaten but broken – tonight however the fire was definitely in their bellies. Losing like they did tonight I can take.

    But if course we lose again to the Coyotes and that damned howl… Of course Rieder scores… And of course we once again lose Nuge…

    ON poll: Cogliano would have played the same number of games in a row injury-free in an Oilers Jersey. Cheers for yes, Trash for no one in an Oilers jersey is safe from the curse…

  • Hockeyfan

    i know Flames ain’t much better, but it is hard to believe the Coil are shooting for dead last again. Be careful, can’t see MCD wanting to hang around this team for very long. Locker room must be a nightmare. Too bad nancynuge went down. Gonna be 3 to 5 years before Coil even sniff playoffs.

  • MorningOwl

    remember, back in September, it was “Oiler Dynasty to follow”, “Oiler Domination”, “happy McDavid day”, etc., and all the talking heads were predicting the Oilers make the playoffs?

    Oh well, hang in there, the real season is about to begin again, with the draft and all it’s annual excitement, and Oiler fans can once again soon start to get excited about what is going to be, happily forgetting what was and what is.

    • dougtheslug

      Actually, most of the the talking heads were predicting a modest 10-20 point jump in the standings, and despite never icing their full roster even once, despite their best defenceman and forward missing half the season, despite dressing 14 different defensemen over the course of the season, they are on pace to hit the lower end of that prediction.

      Flames fans, on the other hand were crowing that with the addition of Hamilton and Frolik and Bennett, their team was poised for a Cup run. Instead, they are poised for a 20-25 point regression, and are reduced to Oilerian style regret at each win, as they plot to position themselves for the lottery.

      • tileguy

        It was probably a mis use of the term “talking heads”, what he was trying to refer to was the rah rah type of commenters who see only sunshine and unicorns when it comes to their beloved team. “Oilers domination to follow”

    • Theboon83

      We’ve had more man games lost than any other team and they are all high quality losses such as Eberle, Mcdavid, Nuge, Klefbom, Davidson, Yakupov, Pouliot, and Gryba. That’s a lot more than “their share of injuries.”

      • '68 Fire Chicken

        St.Louis called to remind you they had injuries to key players and still led the division. Too lazy to look up other teams but seriously,the IR is not the problem.

        Every year we blame injuries. Team sucks bro. Injuries or not this team is terrible. Sorry but 10 years of proof is pretty damming.

        Whats more concerning is that when fully healthy we seem to play worse as a team.

        Man who would of thought being tertible for 10 years and making no significant moves would backfire like this….

        But we always have next year right ?

        • toprightcorner

          Someone did stats on this a few weeks ago where they ranked the forwards and defense that were injured with a 15 for best player 14 for second best etc and 10 for best dman and so on. By that equation, the Oiler quality of man games lost was significantly higher than any other team.

          It is always top 6 players or top 4 dmen that are getting hurt it seams. Now that definitely affect your record, but isn’t the only reason for poor performance.

      • hockey1099

        Injuries happen to all teams. While we have lost some key players we have had the good fortune of having key guys coming back when key guys get hurt. Mc David goes down we get eberle and and dri. Nuge goes down right after McDavid comes back. We brought in maroon who has been a good fill in for poo. If we were a good team we could handle injuries. Our call ups on d have done well at replacing the guys that went down the real problem is our top guys on d aren’t good enough.

    • .

      You’re not wrong, but does every team face the greatest cumulative impact of injured forwards and defensemen by the IIT-skater metric?

      On a related note, Maroon was greatly missed.