GDB 63.0 Wrap Up: It was Offside

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It was offside. Final Score: 5-4 Predators

Didn’t today feel like one of those games that the Oilers absolutely had to win? After floating around .500 on this road trip the Oilers needed to find a way to get to points to keep their position in the Pacific Division. As we all know, the Preds have owned the Oilers over the past 10 years and the trend has continued this season. Much like what happened against the Coyotes, Edmonton needed to find a sacrifice or tribute to offer up to the hockey gods as a means to break this weird curse they have running against Nashville. Not to mention, the Predators are five points back of the Oilers and it was in their best interest to not only keep them there but to increase the distance.

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With the way the game started, I wasn’t sure that the Oilers were going to have a chance to get themselves started let alone win the hockey game. After a buffet of power play chances landed in Nashville’s kitchen, resulting in two first period goals, it looked like the Oilers were going to be forced to chase all night long. That said, when Edmonton started to get opportunities of their own they struggled to execute at first until the floodgates seemed to open up in the middle frame. After refusing to quit and clawing their way back into the game with three second-period goals, the Oilers set themselves up to win the game after what ended up being a confusing first 40 minutes.

With 60 minutes in the books, all I can really say is that the Oilers weren’t able to keep climbing out of the holes they put themselves in despite the valiant effort required just to keep getting themselves back into the hockey game. Actually, all the good moments got lost in the ether as their mistakes (and a little ref assistance) came back to haunt them. Edmonton managed to tie the game up on two separate occasions but their luck ran out after a botched Coach’s Challenge went Nashville’s way, allowing a goal that seemed clearly offside. That said, the Oilers weren’t nearly sharp enough in all three zones of the ice and you have to give credit to Nashville for being able to cash in on our opportunities, regardless of whether or not they earned them.

The Oilers desperately need a win on Tuesday because the rest of the Pacific Division seems to have woken up.

Wrap it up.

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THE BRIGHT SIDE

BLT

  • Ryan Ellis had just scored the power play goal for the Preds to give them the lead until Connor McDavod decided that he didn’t like that storyline. Connor tied the game only 28 seconds after the Preds open the scoring on an amazing rush goal (his 21st) where he walked Roman Josi like he was some kind of plug. Saying the kid is ridiculously special is almost insulting. McDavid was all over the ice tonight and was easily the best Oiler forward, as per tradition.
  • Milan Lucic got his 13th goal of the year by parking himself in front of the net and getting his stick in the shooting lane to get a piece of Connor’s shot from the side boards.
  • Mark Letestu wired his 12th goal of the season off of a one-timer from the side boards. Connor set Letestu up with an easy pitch down broadway and Elk Point’s finest made no mistake.
  • Jordan Eberle made a nice play in the slot to get his 13th goal of the season to find the net behind Rinne. Ebs took a nice little feed from Andrej Sekera off the boards and Ebs sunk his mark in the corner pocket.
  • Andrej Sekera and Oscar Klefbom were the two best defenders tonight and were the only ones that seemed able to keep the puck moving the right way.
  • Darnell Nurse made his first appearance since December and found himself in the lineup after missing 37 games. It wasn’t a perfect game for Darryl but it was definitely nice to see his speed coming out of the backend.
  • HAPPY BIRTHDAY, GENE!

THE FACE PALMERS

Floor Sandwich

  • The Oilers got caught handling the puck near the bench while they were trying to make a change and it was an easy too many men call for the refs to make. The Preds moved the puck around well until Ryan Ellis teed off on a nice feed from PK Subban that beat Talbot and gave Nashville a short-lived lead.
  • Filip Forsberg is seeing the NHL in slow motion right now as he scored his eighth goal in his last four games. Forsberg’s goal was the second power play goal of the night for Nashville, both scored before the Oilers even had a single chance with the man advantage.
  • Vernon Fiddler beat Talbot by firing off a quick shot that the Oilers’ netminder would likely want to have back. Talbot got a piece of the puck but it wasn’t enough to keep it out of the net.
  • Colin Wilson made a night move out of the corner to get past Darnell Nurse and basically had an open path to the front of the net. Once he got there, he placed a perfect backhander just inside the bar for his 10th goal of the season.
  • Not the best game for Talbot tonight but I don’t think he had much help in front of him either. In the end, Dadbot didn’t stop enough to get the job done and the Oilers will have to take that as a team effort. Talbot finished the night with 23 saves and a .821 save%
  • 35% in the faceoff circle. Gross.
  • The Oilers also allowed three power play goals on the night which ended up being the difference. They couldn’t keep up with Nashville’s power play game and it helped contribute to an L in the standings. It wasn’t even a bad night though as the power play did cash in on two of their four opportunities.
  • The penalty killers need to reset after that one. That said, man it looks great to have big shooting options from the point.
  • I’m not going to complain about the refs. I’m not going to complain about the refs. I’m not going to complain about the refs…
  • OKAY I NEED TO COMPLAIN ABOUT THE REFS! Can someone explain the point of the coach’s challenge if the NHL is going to be blatantly wrong on their calls? The Predators had a guy in mid-air while Johanson entered the zone and yet it wasn’t called even when challenged? Thanks for the six-minute delay, though. Ridiculous.
  • I’ve probably missed something but I feel like death and wanted to get this done. Feel free to tell me what else went wrong in the comments below.

SCORING SUMMARY

1ST PERIOD

TIME TEAM DETAILS SCORE
04:55 Nashville PPG – Ryan Ellis (10) ASST: P.K. Subban (21), Calle Jarnkrok (11) 0-1
05:23 Edmonton Connor McDavid (21) ASST: Patrick Maroon (11) 1-1
14:34 Nashville PPG – Filip Forsberg (24) ASST: James Neal (13), Ryan Johansen (38) 1-2

2ND PERIOD

TIME TEAM DETAILS SCORE
07:29 Nashville Vernon Fiddler (2) ASST: Roman Josi (24), P.K. Subban (22) 1-3
14:12 Edmonton PPG – Milan Lucic (13) ASST: Connor McDavid (50), Oscar Klefbom (16) 2-3
15:21 Nashville Colin Wilson (10) ASST: James Neal (14), Mattias Ekholm (18) 2-4
16:25 Edmonton PPG – Mark Letestu (12) ASST: Oscar Klefbom (17) 3-4
19:00 Edmonton Jordan Eberle (13) ASST: Andrej Sekera (20) 4-4

3RD PERIOD

TIME TEAM DETAILS SCORE
01:19 Nashville PPG – Viktor Arvidsson (21) ASST: James Neal (15), Roman Josi (25) 4-5

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  • Conner's Better

    I am sick of watching games decided by coaches challenge of offside and goaltender interference.
    NHL is making our game boring to watch and the prettiest goals all get waved off. I have lost interest in watching what we had hoped for – the playoff run. I am not wasting anymore time and money with NHL games. When you are getting more frustration than enjoyment – time to find a new passion. NHL games have become defensive struggles and probably 1/2 goals are reviewed and often wrong – why bother.

  • RedMan

    they definitely got the call right, sorry but that’s how the cookie crumbles.

    If I was an Oiler fan I think I’d be inclined to worry more about the fact that the Oilers have gone cold at the wrong time (10 of 20 pts in the last 10 games) compared to teams around them who are getting hot at the right time (15 out of 20 points).

    hopefully the veterans can add some stability and keep the young team from collapsing under the pressure.

    Both Alberta teams have made solid steps forward this season, and as much as the fan bases love to hate each other, the potential for a meeting in the playoffs is down right mesmerizing! please let it be so!

    • Clarkopolo

      If going 5-5 over a 10-game stretch is ‘going cold’ then the Oilers are in good shape. If you go 5-4-1 every 10 games, you would finish with 90-91 points.

      They probably deserved better than getting zero points out of the last two games, but sometimes the breaks don’t go your way. I’m not worry about a collapse if they play they way they did in Florida, Washington, and Nashville.

      The only caveat to that is their PK – which has been atrocious lately. They are 64% (16/25) over the last 10 games.

    • Not a First Tier Fan

      BS… picture clearly shows both skates over the blue line before the puck.

      Offside is not that complicated a rule to understand. If you cross the line before the puck then you’re in violation.

      The officials either decided or were told that Nashville should win and went about all game trying to ensure it happened.. right down to the weak call on Maroon in the last twenty seconds that would normally otherwise have been let go.

      FFS – Subban was tackling people with wrestling moves in the first period and didn’t even get a stern word from the refs.

      Nope – it was blatant last night but bad on the Oilers because they already know they have to fight and persevere through the rampant bias officiating. They tried last night but came up just a little short – it happens..

    • I am Batman

      Even if he is lights out or he sucks the Oilers would be very dumb to base their decision in one game (or three).

      I think they already made their decision actually and the decision is to get another goalie,9therwise they would have started him a lot more.

      In other words: “if you have to ask the question…”

  • rusty

    This may actually be the hardest part of their schedule. Getting points out of Nashville today was an almost impossible ask anyway. It was a great game. lets leave it at that

  • Not a First Tier Fan

    Still too angry to let this one go…

    So I looked up Rule 83 – it says:
    “A player is off-side when both skates are completely over the leading edge of the blue line…

    A player is on-side when either of his skates are in contact with, or on his side of the line, at the instant the puck completely crosses the leading edge of the blue line…”

    Anybody want to look at that picture and tell me that either one of that jokers skates were on the right side of the blue line when the pick crossed?

    Rule makes no references to skates being in the air. It’s either over the line or not.

    So it’s a blown call. Either by design or by ignorance – neither one is acceptable. Unfortunately it’s highly doubtful that the hacks that screwed up that call will ever be held accountable.

    Up yours Bettman…

  • Toofun

    Wow, about 60 comments whining about a call that was reviewed for 7 minutes then upheld because by the full definition of the rule, was the correct call.

    Was this a nice goal Edmonton scored that got arbitrarily over turned on some type of technicality? – no.

    Was the initial call on the ice arbitrarily over turned? – no.

    Was this a call that the blind refs missed because it was obvious even at full speed? – no.

    Was this fully reviewed and deemed to be offside because one of his feet was onside even if it was in the air at the time? yes.

    Wait – was he jumping in the air behind or on top of his net at the time? What, no, that’s just stupid.

    Ok, so just 60 comments whining because the Oilers got scored on and lost the game and the refs didn’t do a thing to stop it? – Yes that’s about it.

  • Not a First Tier Fan

    Yeah… the thing is that pointing out flagrant referee bias isn’t whining. It’s just pointing it out.

    Doesn’t change the fact that Talbot should have easily had the third Nashville goal.

    Or that the team shouldn’t have collectively allowed three power play goals against.

    Or that Draisatl’s feet seem to have turned to lead or Connor just needs to shoot for love of God…

    Still if you score four goals on Rinne then you’re obviously trying to work through it.

    None of that alters the fact that all four officials were acting like their daughters were being held hostage by the Nashville mascot…