GDB 78.0 Wrap Up: Oilers @ Kings

The countdown hits four. At least Connor got a point? Final Score: 6-4 Kings

With tonight’s game in the books, the Oilers have only four contests remaining until the time comes for what could potentially be the greatest tank battle of all time. With so many Canadian teams in the running for this year’s lottery the Oilers may have to do something drastic to ensure that a fifth first overall pick finds its way into the pocket of its rightful owner. We will find a way. All I can think about is how funny it would be if the Oilers won another draft lottery. At this point of the season, what else do we have left to do but laugh at ourselves?

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If I’m being honest, I’m actually counting down the days until the season is over. This season has been longer than any of us could have imagined, and I think we could use the break. I also think that this coming summer could be more entertaining for the Oilers than the last half of the season has been (as per tradition). I want to see the look on Bettman’s face when the Oilers somehow win another draft lottery, and I want to see what kind of moving and shaking Chiarelli is going to do with the roster. If I were to guess, this summer will likely see a massive overhaul for the Oilers and for the first time in forever that won’t just mean for the peripheral players.

As for tonight’s game it was pretty much what I expected from a March matchup between the Oilers and Kings. From the second period onward, the Kings were able to kind of do as they pleased against the Oilers and Edmonton was left trying to plug the holes in the dam. While there were moments where the Oilers were engaged in the game, and able to generate chances offensively, the Kings were just too much on every level. They were just too big, strong, and talented for the Oilers to be able to create any kind of even match ups. Unfortunately, games against teams as good as the Kings show just how far off the Oilers are from actually competing seriously.

As much as it is disappointing to watch another game like this, I still have hope that there are better days are ahead. I just hope the hockey gods call our number soon. 

The wrap.

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THE BRIGHT SIDE

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  • Jordan Eberle had some great follow up on the puck to bang home his 25th goal of the season. He also added an assist on Maroon’s power play goal in the third period.
  • Connor McDavid scored a goal (his 15th) by swinging his stick at the puck when it was on Lecavalier’s stick, right in front of Quick. You would think that Lecavalier would have known better but I guess he’s not used to someone as fast as Connor. McDavid followed that up with a primary assist on Patrick Maroon’s power play goal in the third period. Another two points for Calder McDavid! Connor McDavid now finds himself on a seven game point streak.
  • Patrick Maroon has been so much better than I think anyone expected when he was brought over from the Anaheim Ducks. Maroon put home his 8th goal of the year with a beautiful shot, through a crowd, on the power play. He followed that up with his 9th goal by driving to the net and banging home a loose puck. I love this guy.
  • Jordan Oesterle put up another assist tonight and quietly played a team high 22:20 while finishing the night an even 0 on the night.
  • The Oilers went 55% in the face off circle. No small feat against the Kings. 

THE FACE PALMERS

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  • Crazy start to tonight’s game. The Kings scored and the Oilers responded within a minute, then the Oilers scored and Kings returned the favour.
  • How did Jeff Carter’s goal count? I know I may be biased but that seemed like blatant goaltender interference to me. 
  • I won’t complain about the refs again. I won’t complain about the refs again. I won’t complain about the refs again. I won’t complain about the refs again. I won’t complain about the refs again.
  • The Oilers power play is so bad that they were just as likely to give up a shorthanded goal as they were to score one of their own. Although they did score a PP goal tonight, they also allowed a shortie which always seems worse. The Oilers went 1/4 on the power play.
  • Tonight was not Laurent Brossoit’s night. Actually, Brossoit hasn’t had an overly great run since being recalled after the trade deadline. I wouldn’t say that this run is enough to give up on Brossoit, not even close, but it does make it clear that the Oilers will be in the market for a backup goaltender in the offseason. Brossoit finished the night with 27 saves and an .844 save%.
  • When you put up four goals you should have a good chance to win the game. The Oilers were let down by their goaltending and defensive lapses that resulted in goals. 
  • The Hall-Draisaitl line had a tough night tonight. They couldn’t get much going and always seemed to be on the ice for goals against. Maybe it’s just me, but that’s what I saw.

SCORING SUMMARY

1ST PERIOD
00:16 LAK Tyler Toffoli (28) Wrist shot – ASST: Brayden McNabb (8), Milan Lucic (30) 1 – 0 LAK
00:38 EDM Jordan Eberle (25) Backhand shot – ASST: Jordan Oesterle (5) 1 – 1 Tie
09:53 EDM Connor McDavid (15) Wrist shot – ASST: NONE 2 – 1 EDM
10:20 LAK Jeff Carter (19) Wrist shot – ASST: Milan Lucic (31), Luke Schenn (11) 2 – 2 Tie
2ND PERIOD
03:11 LAK Tyler Toffoli (29) Snap shot – ASST: Milan Lucic (32) 3 – 2 LAK
13:07 LAK Andy Andreoff (5) Wrist shot – ASST: Tyler Toffoli (23), Jeff Carter (35) 4 – 2 LAK
17:26 LAK SHG – Trevor Lewis (8) Wrist shot – ASST: Brayden McNabb (9), Jonathan Quick (3) 5 – 2 LAK
3RD PERIOD
09:22 EDM PPG – Patrick Maroon (8) Wrist shot – ASST: Andrej Sekera (24), Jordan Eberle (21) 5 – 3 LAK
16:50 EDM Patrick Maroon (9) Tip-in – ASST: Connor McDavid (30), Adam Clendening (6) 5 – 4 LAK
19:27 LAK EN – Jeff Carter (20) Wrist shot – ASST: Tyler Toffoli (24), Jake Muzzin (31) 6 – 4 LAK

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  • West

    I saw the funniest thing the other day. In an article about whether McDavid should be in the running for the Calder, someone posited that it is no wonder McDavid is doing well at the end of the season , because he is not as tired as the other rookies because he has played so many fewer games. I guess having to come back from the Flyers attempting to break him in half is just easy peasy stuff.

    • ChillyPepper

      There is a ring of truth to the original comment. I am a runner, and my best half marathon time came right after I came off a serious back injury. It was no treat recovering from the surgery but coming back fresh put me minutes ahead against the seasoned.

  • toprightcorner

    McDavid has officially played 41 games (half a season) that is a 90 pt season would probably be only behind Kane this year, 20 points more than what most predictions were. that would have given him the scoring title behind Ben’s 87 pts last year.

    He deserves the Calder and if he doesn’t win, the Oilers winning the lottery will be the perfect revenge.

  • R U Kidding Me!

    Remember when all the talking heads were laughing when the Oilers traded for Maroon.

    11 points in 12 games and the most physical force on the team.

    Who’s laughing now.

  • Connor McFly

    I only saw two periods of this game against the King’s so that may erode the strength of my opinion here. L.B. Is not now and may never be an NHL goalie. I’ve watched each of his games and he is weak in almost every area of his play. I don’t I ever once saw him standing. He appears to spend the whole game on his knees. What’s that all about. Terribly weak performance in front of the weakest D- corps in the NHL. Sekera and Fayne are garbage.

  • BorjeSalming-IanTurnbull

    The next evolution of the NHL will be the dive of the goalie. The coaches should instruct the goalie to dive every time he feels contact to fall down and grab his knee. If LB did that …no goal Slippery Slope

    The game is changing for the worst because diving will become rampant.

    Nice to see Mr Maroon honouring 19…god speed Jultz

  • BorjeSalming-IanTurnbull

    Give McD the Calder…he’s the best. Only Pat Kane bests him on PPG(points per Game)

    This is what I want…selfish I know

    Maroon – McD – Stamkos

    Lucic – Drai – Hall

    Kassian – Austin Math – Poi

    Move Eberle Move RNH Move Yak Attack for two D man

    Plan the parade

    Burton Cummings sings the Anthem

  • Jay (not J)

    Why doesn’t Sekera lead the D in ice time every single night? I know he has his brain cramps too sometimes but reading that Osterle got the most minutes when he is the rawest of the bunch seems a little confusing. Not really looking for ‘Chiarelli and MacLellan are idiots’, but if someone has a more useful explanation I would love to read it.

  • MattyFranchise

    Sadly, because of all of the games he missed, I think the only way Connor gets the Calder is if the Oilers trade their inevitable 1st overall pick for it.

  • jaszby

    Hall is a piece crap. Told can not stand this guy
    He has skill but he has no idea how to play the game. Just watch a game and you will see how he skates himself out of plays. He is only good on the rush. He does not create anything in the offensive zone. The reason he hassles back so hard is because he turns the puck over so much. I guarantee he will not be on team Canada in the fall. He is not a Mike Babcock guy. He is part of the problem not the solution.

    • bradleypi

      Ya! I don’t understand why they don’t just scratch him hey?? Buy out his contract at the end of the year because surely no one would trade anything of value for him….who needs a winger with blazing speed and leads his team in goals and points! WoW.

  • Oil City Roller

    Blaming the refs all year has gotten pretty old. It makes us look like even bigger losers than we are. The Oilers lose because they suck. Lets have some class and accept it.

    Not sure why people are surprised at how bad LB is playing. Other than this last year he has had a pretty subpar career. I’m not saying he will be a bust but it would in no way surprise me if he was.

    • Shameless Plugger

      I guess its all in your perception. You could say that LB has been subpar or you could look at the stats and says he’s steadily improved his development. This is just another step in his learning to play at the NHL level. I still think there’s a solid goaltending prospect there.

    • Ed in Edmonton 1

      Way too harsh re LB. He has shown steady improvement as a pro. Still too early to say if he will be NHL calibre but to say his career has been sub par is ridiculous.

      As a comparison Corey Crawford did not establish himself as a NHL goalie until draft +6.

    • madjam

      If Oilers injury problems to major players were not so bad this year I believe they would have had at least 5 more victories this season , which would put them in 19-20th position . That is still bottom third of league however . Major injuries do make a lot of difference to any club .

      • camdog

        The problem with running kids is that they don’t have man strength and they don’t know how to stay out of trouble due to their lack of experience. It’s a given that the Oilers are going to have injury problems, possibly next season as well.

        • madjam

          I disagree they do not have the man strength . A lot of injuries fall on the coaching and inexperience of the young players . Youth tries things they are not adapt at to try and please the coaches , that often leads to them being vulnerable to injury by over extension . Over extention also leads to more concussions as well . Shot blocking in todays game also a big culprit in injuries , and has little to do with youth only . Over extending themselves (the biggest culprit) to be heavier in their play and often against much bigger physical players . It is like a football player trying to get an extra yard by staying inbounds rather than stepping out of bounds . Hall, Hopkins and Eberle are prime examples of this type of over extension and subsequent injuries over the years .

  • 24% body fat

    I wonder what Kyle Connor or Matt Barzal and Sebastien Aho or Brandon Carlo would be fetching us right now.

    Draft the best player available with skill. Only draft for size if all else is equal. And dont trade first round picks for slow oil kings dmen when 2 top 7 talents in a deep draft year fall to you.

  • a lg dubl dubl

    Watching Lucic last night, makes me wonder if PC does do the aforementioned Ebs for Hamonic trade, will he be front and center to sign Lucic.

    Lucic owned the ice last night, and brings more to the game than Ebs ever could. Sure Eberle can give you 25 goals a year but that’s really all he does in the grand scheme of things.

    If ML does want a 7×7 contract, can the Oilers front load it and somehow make his cap hit lower than 7mil, with an eye on resigning McDavid to his 2nd contract. Having Lucic and Maroon on the wings in your top 6 with Paks and Korpikoski in the bottom 6 sure looks a lot better and gives the team a better shot at the playoffs going forward, imo.

    If McDavid can make Ebs and Maroon look like gods on the ice, imagine what him and Milan can do together.

    Trade for Hamonic, sign Lucic and Demers and I’d put 100 bucks on the oilers in the playoffs in May 2017.

    Hamonic 3.8 cap hit.

    Demers 5 cap hit(at most, could be 1mil less)

    Lucic 6mil cap hit(front loaded)

    That’s a 14.8 addition, and with resigning Gryba, Oesterle and Pakerienin I do think the 3 new additions can be achieved even if it means being right at the cap ceiling for the year.

    • West

      Anybody offering Lucic a seven year deal has lost their mind. He had a good game against a bottom of the league team. Other than that, he has been on a downward slide for 3 years now. Signing Lucic=terrible idea.

      • a lg dubl dubl

        I’d prefer a 4/5 year myself but from what I’ve read that’s the term he’d be asking for. He is only 27, and a 7 year deal takes him to 34 which isnt to bad if you can keep his cap hit relatively lower than 7mil.

      • Quicksilver ballet

        I’m of a similar mindset. Don’t get me wrong there is an opportunity for Peter to do some business in LA. Lombardi wanting to sign Toffoli as well as Lucic this summer could shake someone else on that roster loose. And that might just be Dustin Brown.

        Just imagine adding a Dustin Brown and David Backes to this lineup.

        There was a mention last night on HNIC that the Coyotes would be willing to trade OEL for the first selection if they don’t win the lottery. The worm could possibly turn rather quickly for the Oilers this summer.

        • Randaman

          Hey Quick,

          Remember last season (last 30 games or so) when you were constantly predicting Connor would be an Oiler?

          Good times

          Matthews for OEL is a deal Arizona makes all draft day long. Might need a sweetener but so what…

          • Randaman

            That’s what you get when both teams win a trade or win, win.

            They’re allowed to be scary good. They could use the boost for the fan base.

            We would be in the play-offs next year.

          • Spydyr

            One player will not put the team in the playoffs. Not even Mcdavid can do that.

            They need two top four defencman,another big skilled man with soft hands in the top six and at least three players gone from the bottom six and replaced with more Chia type players.

            Then we can talk playoffs.

          • nuge2drai

            Oiler Domination To Follow

            McDavid plays the full season and we are In the playoffs.

            He is that good.

            Add OEK and possibly Hamonic and this is a playoff team.

          • Spydyr

            First off still waiting on that Oiler Domination To Follow.How long have you saying that for now five years?

            The Oilers are 18 points out of the last playoff spot.The Wild also have two games in hand.

            There is no way Mcdavid makes that up.

          • Spydyr

            They added more than Pronger that season but a player of his caliber is exactly what the team needs.

            These players were acquired after Pronger:

            Edmonton Oilers acquire Michael Peca August 3,
            2005

            Edmonton Oilers acquire Jaroslav Spacek January 26, 2006

            Edmonton Oilers acquire Dwayne Roloson March 8, 2006

            Edmonton Oilers acquire Sergei Samsonov March 9, 2006

            So yeah, nice try.

          • Quicksilver ballet

            Matthews for OEL is a deal Arizona makes all draft day long. Might need a sweetener but so what…

            ———————————————————————–

            Enough sweetener so the Oilers get Arizonas pick as well? Oilers net OEL and that first Coyotes selection, it being in the top 10 range.

      • bradleypi

        Couldn’t agree more. Exactly what I was saying earlier. In what world does a last place, rebuilding hockey team move out a 25 year old sniper making 6mill for an aging high priced lucic…. I honestly think maroon was Chiarellis play on a big man to play in the top 6. It’s looking like a good move so far. Just need a rw for hall and leon. My ideal top 2 lines next year would be maroon-mcdavid-ebs and hall-nuge-drai. Or play leon at Centre and nuge on the wing.

  • 24% body fat

    Could be worse, we could be the canucks moving forward.

    Take Henrik, Daniel, Horvat, Hansen and Tanev out of the canucks line up and see how many points they would have.

    Oilers went the majority of the season without McDavid, Nugent Hopkins, Eberle, Pouliot and Klefbom.

    Sedin 74 27 32 59 Eberle 65 25 21 46

    Sedin 66 11 40 51 McDavid 41 15 30 45

    Hansen 59 19 13 32 Pouliot 55 14 22 36

    Horvat 74 12 20 32 Nuge 52 11 22 33

    Tanev 63 4 13 17 Klefbom 30 4 8 12

    336gp 79g 118a 197pts 243gp 69g 103a 172pts

    If they all play a full season;

    97g 144a 241 pts 116g 173a 289pts

    Thats an extra 47 goals missed by the oilers. They have lost 23 1 goal games. With another 6 games with empty net goals against. They have 7 loser points. It would be safe to say that they would have 15 points more with a healthy line up relative to the rest of the league. This would put them somewhere in the 18 – 20 range.

    • Anton CP

      The naysayers will not register the idea of injury cause the losses. The Oilers not for a single game out of entire season have a completely healthy line up. Oilers started the season without Eberle, then McDavid, then Klefbom, then Yakupov, then Nuge, then Pouliot, then Nuge again. Those who remained mostly healthy for entire season are Hall, Draisaitl, Nurse, and Talbot. The Oilers suffered so much to injuries but common fans after years of suffering linked this season is just like any other seasons that they still suck the same way.

  • Borbs

    Hey NHL! If you don’t want the Oilers to win the Lottery again, then let Toronto make the right call. That was blatant ‘tender interference! When EVERYBODY on the HNIC broadcast agrees that it was interference, we might be on to something!

  • Oilerz4life

    Can’t just turn on the jets in the last 10 minutes and expect to win a hockey game. Maybe if the Oilers played the first 40 minutes like they do the last 20 in hockey games they might win a few. T-Mac must get exasperated trying to teach entitled millionare kids how to put in a decent days work. On a side note can we clone Maroon and just have a team full of Maroons please and just trade away all these spoiled rich kids (except for McD of course).

  • bazmagoo

    My best guess is it will be Nudge and Yak to the Islanders for Hamonic and Brock Nelson. As someone else mentioned it’d be hard for us to replace Eberle’s goals. Isles flip Nudge to the Jets for Jacob Trouba. I’m sure there would have to be picks involved too somewhere along the way. My dream of 3 skilled centres only had 2 or 3 games for us to enjoy, booo. We are going to win the #1 overall pick again anyways, so….

  • McPucker

    You guys blaming the refs or LB for the loss are losers.

    LA showed why they’re Cup Contenders and the Oilers are bottom feeders. Reffing – yes. I agree that looks to be a bad decision on the review but one call does not make a game and bad calls go both ways.

    LB looked bad on some plays but the goals weren’t all on him. It’s good he gets these games if for no other reason that it shows him that he needs more seasoning in the minors. I expect we’ll see Talbot the rest of the season. Though maybe not because the games don’t really mean much.

    Drai had probably his worst game as an Oiler. I think LA was keying on his. He had no where to go whenever he got the puck. It usually went from his stick to an LAK stick.

    Clendenning, Osterle, Eberle – these guys just aren’t effective in breaking LA’s cycle.

    If the Oilers had won it either would have been a big upset or LAK just didn’t show up. As it is, it was an entertaining game to watch.

    Reinhart is looking so much better. Maroon. Wow. I hope he can keep it up. Not only his size and ability but his attitude needs to rub off on his team mates. And maybe it is. Hall was real good. McDavid, unbelievable. They were keying on him too but he just can’t be contained.

    • bradleypi

      So are you saying ebs is the only forward on the team that “cant break up cycles”?? What does that even mean?? Do you mean play defence?? Because I’m pretty sure when ebs was drafted that scoring was the reason. Not because he will someday win the selke.

      • McPucker

        I like Ebs. Every player has his warts.

        I don’t analyze stats but to my eye, many times when the other teams starts cycling and Ebs is on the ice and the puck is played up his side, he doesn’t make the play to maintain possession, and many times turns it over inside the blue line.

        For extended cycles you’ll usually see one or two of those three on the ice.

        • bradleypi

          Seriously tho you can insert any oilers name for ebs and that story is the same. There’s usually not a lot of defence happening in the oilers end most nights. Better dmen and more guys in the bottom six with pakiranens hustle and intensity and we aren’t having this conversation.

  • bazmagoo

    Resign Pardy to a 1 year deal, Gryba to a 2 year deal. Keep Oesterle and Reinhart on the farm next season. If we get Hamonic and Klefbom makes a successful return I count 10 d-men in our “depth chart”. Clendenning is done, he’s not one of them. Klefbom, Hamonic, Sekera, Fayne, Nurse, Davidson, Gryba, Pardy, Reinhart, Oesterle. I could live with that for next season.

  • West

    How did Lucic not get a tripping penalty on LAs second goal? Forget about goaltender interference, which there also was, but even if you accidentally trip someone that blatantly, it is still called. On HFBoards there is some idiot who says he is from Edmonton, who insists it was incidental contact and he is fine with the call because he says LB didn’t try hard enough to get up. When did the onus fall on the victim to try harder? You never say that a person who got highsticked didn’t try hard enough to get his face out of the way.