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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PREVIOUS EPISODES


  • Observations:

    Nurse not ready for full time NHL duty
    Brossoit even further
    Yak is playing some inspired hockey- every pass is still a grenade though. I still want him traded
    Oesterle waaaaay too small to compete in the western conference, he’ll be gone.
    Not a fan of Zack Kassian, seems to have long stretches where he doesn’t care enough to take care of the puck.
    Hall is not the problem.
    McDavid.

  • Oiler Al

    Nice gamer Sekera….. on the ice for 4 goals.!

    Brossoit, come back when you learn to be an NHL, goalie.What a friggin mess.

    Note; To MacMillan, Kassian is not a top six player, more like a fourth liner, maybe.Not sure where this guys heads, at most nights…

  • 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.

  • Serious Gord

    The Stanley cup looks like it’s a million miles away when the oil play a team like LA.

    And brossoit is what he looked to be when he was drafted – a very marginal NHL goalie at best. Why is the oil org so infatuated with local/whl talent?

  • 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

    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

  • 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.

  • Strottie

    McDavid looked so good when he was making Lecavalier look dumb tonight. I’m so excited to see him next year and in the years to come. Love the energy and tenacity that Maroon brings. The refs are garbage, and we scored 4 against the kings. Nothing to be disappointed in here.

  • jdh1089

    Who hires these incompetent refs. Must be the same people who have hired the ‘hockey analysts’ on Sportnet. The fact Kyprios agreed with the call is just outright sad and pathetic.

  • The Perceptor

    Though this was a loss, I think the Oilers played a solid game. Yes, our defence looks wobbly at moments, but the Kings do that to most defences in the league. Our forwards were able to drive the puck deeper and closer to the net than in most of the previous games these two teams have played against each other. The subtle shift in the mindset of the players on the Oilers, and with Maroon and others in the fold now, means Edmonton can play in these types of games from now on. And with RNH, Klefbom, Pouliot and Talbot all playing, perhaps they add some needed balance back into our game, and the Kings also don’t expose a raw goalie.

    As well, it seemed obvious that the tempo and intensity was high in this one, and despite the minuses, I thought Yakupov had, more often than not, played a great game. It looked to me like Hall’s speed forced Yak to play faster and shiftier, and with some added edge and will. Despite this, he still failed to find the open lanes to receive a pass when in the offensive zone, during most rushes. At 2.5M, I’d have him here next season and continue to work with him in the hopes that he may be a player similar to Samonov in the ’06 run, only he’ll be ours, not a rental.

  • 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.

    • 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 .

    • 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.

    • bradleypi

      Is this it now? We’ve gone from blaming Schultz to blaming the refs for every loss? Kings are 1st in the division, oilers are last. Not sure why people are surprised by the outcome tonight. Same story has played out all year. Oilers are 0-5 against the kings. Time for oilersnation to start taking the lumps for these losses. Instead of looking for a “whipping boy”……

      • chickenStew

        For the short time that you are here until you are banned yet again, “Oilersnation” doesn’t need to look for a whipping boy.

        Since you gladly take it, you’ll do.

        • bradleypi

          Good ol stew. I see you’re still as grumpy as ever after an oiler loss. You should try yoga or something. And thanks for saying hi and being more condescending than usual! Happy Easter chum!

  • 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.

      • 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…

          • 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.

          • 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.

          • 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.

          • 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.

      • 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.

      • 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.

  • OldOilerFan

    Your review BM summed it all up. McDavid – wow. Robbed on that coaches challenge.

    I want to be in Brossoits corner but … He needs more seasoning.

    And I admit I’ve been one of the guys saying trade Hall if only for what the return is – but he was flying tonight: offensively. Defensively he has one hand on his stick and coasts. I’m like …. I dunno.

  • sportsjunkie007

    Ebs is tied for the lead in goals for the Oilers. It’s too bad we haven’t traded him away yet, what with our over abundance of goal scoring.

    • Spydyr

      Eberle is also -10 and that despite playing most of the season with McDavid who is +1. Eberle has managed to be on the ice for 11 more goals against . Defence does matter.

      • bradleypi

        I thought oilersnation didn’t believe in the plus minus stat? I guess when it suits the argument it’s a valid stat….not a shocker an oiler is in the minus. They are a last place team. Funny how you seem to have forgotten connor missed 3 months. Ebs must have been playing with someone else during that time, no?

          • bradleypi

            Let it go. Schultz is gone. And I hope Eberle is here for many years to come. Been a fan of his since the day the oilers drafted him. He’s far from the problem on the oilers.

        • Harry2

          When your making an argument against someone why do you feel the need to refer to them as “Oilersnation” as if they speak for everyone?

          Just because your a Schultz fan doesnt mean the world is against you opinions

          • bradleypi

            Ummm take a look at the trashes on my comments and it’s obvious the “world” is in fact against my opinions. I lump everyone together because back when I was comparing schultzs superior plus minus to petrys at the time ALL of oilersnation was all over me telling me that plus minus is not a valid stat. It wasn’t just a couple guys lol. Do you agree that Eberle being -10 is a huge detriment and he should be shipped out of town because it?

          • M22

            You perceive that the OilersNation “world” is against your opinions, based on the trashes your posts consistently get. I believe this is where the general disdain for you starts: with your perception.

            I’m as certain as can be that I speak for most when I say that it has very little to do with your opinions on the team’s affairs, and almost everything to do with the manner in which you respond to other posters.

            Condescending, smug, spiteful, defensive, combative – these are often the foundation of your communications here. It puts people off. I would wager, and likely win, that when a person sees your name at the beginning of any post, they already know what to expect. This is not the fault of the OilersNation “world”. This is mostly your own doing, because it is a choice.

            Truth is, I believe people here would like to be able to engage in some healthy point/counterpoint with you, myself included, because you’re passionate about the Oilers, as we all are, and you have some good points, though I sometimes disagree with them.

            Understand, there are many people here, I think, who have nothing to offer but trolling and negativism, so I’m not lumping you in with them. On the contrary, I think you have brains, unlike the irritants, and my hope is that you see my words not as an affront to you, but rather something to consider. That’s all.

            I’m being sincere, but, of course, you can do with it what you want.

          • Harry2

            No I do not agree that because Eberle is -10 we should ship him out.

            I do however know that this team will own the basement of the league for all eternity, whether or not McD is the next Gretzky, if they do not drastically improve their defence. And anyone except McD should be considered as trade bait to obtain defencemen.

            The 3 players with the most value who I believe Chiarelli will trade are RNH Eberle and Hall.

            Out of those 3 Eberle is my choice to trade

  • RJ

    Jay Onrait called into one of the radio post-game shows.

    He had a simple fix for the Oilers: 6 new defencemen.

    If only someone on Kingsway noticed that the Oilers needed an upgrade on the blueline.

    • bradleypi

      Guess jay didn’t get the memo that brossiot and the refs cost the oilers the game tonight. Not the fact that the kings are good and the oilers are not…. if the oilers go into next year with sekara and fayne as the #1 pairing next year it’ll be more of the same. Really wish McLennan would try some different combos on the blue line instead of the status quo…. when oesterle has the puck its always moving forward. Why not try him with sekara?

      • RJ

        Jay was at the game in LA. He didn’t blame Brossoit; he blamed the defence for the goals.

        I don’t think Sekera/Fayne are good enough; but I’m not convinced PC will make the move to upgrade the blueline. It will be all excuses or missed opportunities.

        • bradleypi

          Sorry about the confusion but my comment about jay was 100% sarcasm and totally directed at how oilersnation is blaming brossiot and the refs tonight. If he really said that then I honestly couldn’t agree more. But I’ve been saying that since game 1 when oilersnation thought sekaras-fayne should be the top pairing. I agree Chiarelli doesnt pull the trigger on a trade for a dman tho, only because u don’t see anybody trading a stud dman. I exoect another 2nd pairing guy signed for 4mill+. Just to blind us fans to the excuses and missed opportunities

  • 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.

  • Dawn

    Granted the better team prevailed. But the officiating was brutal again. How can the NHL even say they’re impartial with a straight face? I’ve got a swarm of not oiler fans on my Twitter feed. Even they commented repeatedly about the crap calls and more notably the non-calls. It’s all cool to interfere, slew foot, and outright tackle as long as it is on our guys. F#$% them.

  • StephLee

    We honestly couldn’t pay the refs to make a call our way….

    But shootout to maroon for making this game better than I thought it was gonna be!

    Also, did anyone catch Doughty’s interview?

    Literally. Said the Kings weren’t playing as good as they could be, they were up 5-2. Damn. I wish our boys had that mentality when we winning….

  • Connor McJesus

    I think Hall’s drive is amazing and his tenacity even more so, he’s far from gone. Maybe a switch of linemates would help, not sure what we have to work with though, esp with Nuge out. I saw Yakupov on his line a lot tonight though.

  • realmatt

    Brossoit. No.

    I could score 20 goals in the NHL on McDavid’s wing. It would be more ridiculous than Carter’s goal if he doesn’t win the Calder.

    Lucic is a scary man. Maroon didn’t look too interested in that scrap. Can’t say I blame him.

    Officiating has been complete garbage in the second half of the season. Not just in the Oilers games. This cannot continue in the playoffs, can it?