Edmonton sucked in almost every way and got the result they deserved. Final Score: 6-1 Senators
After what felt like an eternity since the Oilers last played, they finally returned to the ice with the bright lights of Hockey Night in Canada shining down on them. Would they snap their losing streak on national TV or would they lay a turd on the ice like it was some Eakins-era throwback? At first, I was just excited to get going after waiting nearly a week since the last cow fart game against Winnipeg, but that excitement evaporated once they started playing. Without Leon Draisaitl in the lineup, the Oilers were not only going to have to find a way to play significantly better than they had, but to also find someone that would step up and fill the hole on Connor’s wing. Yamamoto did his part but the rest was too much to ask.
Right from the start of the game, the Oilers were sloppy in almost every aspect. For a team that basically had a week to get ready for tonight’s match, they couldn’t have looked any more lacklustre. They were struggling to make six-foot passes and the Senators were able to take advantage of those mistakes to the tune of six goals. Frankly, the Oilers made it easy for them to do as they wished. In all honesty, this game was pretty much over right from the opening faceoff, as the Oilers really couldn’t get much of anything happening at either end of the ice. For a team that had a bunch of days off to go get ready for an opponent that played last night, and then get pumped like that, is embarrassing. But hey, look at the bright side… at least it was only the whole country that saw it.
In the next six games, Edmonton faces Carolina, Chicago, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Dallas, and Washington. This losing streak could go on a while if they don’t pull their heads out of their asses.
Let’s wrap it up.
THE BRIGHT SIDE
- The game is over now.
- I was looking forward to seeing how Kailer Yamamoto would play knowing that he would be in a top-six role and I thought he performed well. I wanted to see if he seized the opportunity to play more minutes and whether or not he would step up his play. I thought he was one of the best Oilers forwards tonight and he was rewarded with his first NHL point with an assist on Larsson’s goal.
- Adam Larsson, offensive juggernaut, scored his first goal of the season on a third-period blast from the point that beat Condon low on the glove side.
- Shout out to Milan Lucic for dropping the mitts with Mark Borowiecki early to try and give the boys an emotional boost. It didn’t work, but I appreciate the effort. I know hockey fights have been a hot topic over the past few days, but I’m still a fan of the scraps as long as they come as a result of a play and not some staged crap off the draw. Check out the fight on Lucic’s player page over at HockeyFights.com. Unfortunately, that fight was one of the few things Looch did well tonight.
- Oilers won 51% of the draws tonight which is their best total since opening night. Nugent-Hopkins was the best at 83%.
- Outshot the Senators 36-31, which is great, but a lot of those shots came from the perimeter.
THE FACE PALMERS
- Brutal news about Leon Draisaitl today. Knowing that his eyeball is swollen AND he may have a possible concussion is reason enough to be concerned.
- Edmonton got caught on the wrong side of the puck as Mike Hoffman charged to the front of the net and deflected Tom Pyatt’s pass perfectly past Talbot. Not a great shift for Auvitu on the goal as it was him that allowed Hoffman the inside lane. Hoffman scored again in the second period on a hell of a wrist shot that beat Talbot over the shoulder.
- Brassard finished off a really nice passing play by the Senators on the power play and it put the Oilers down by two goals early in the night. As far as starts go, this one was horrible.
- I’ve said it a few times already this season but the Oilers need to figure out how to stay out of the box. They can’t keep giving their opponents 50,000 chances on the power play and expect to win hockey games. To make matters worse, they allowed the Sens to score three goals with the man advantage. Combine that with a 0/3 night on the power play themselves and that’s a bad special teams night all around.
- Cam Talbot really needed a bounce-back game (even though he kept getting left out to dry on Monday) and he didn’t get it tonight. He just wasn’t sharp in the net and it hurt the team early. I don’t want to blame the night on Talbot, the whole team played like shit again, but he has to make more saves — full stop. He finished the night, allowing four goals on 23 shots and that’s not good enough.
- Why can’t they complete a pass? What is going on here? They keep hitting each other in the skates or missing sticks altogether. Brutal.
- Another quiet night from Connor and it’s unusual to see him struggle for three games in a row. I could just be paranoid, but I hope he’s okay. Tough night in the faceoff circle with an 18%.
- The NHL site has the Oilers listed with 19 giveaways but I don’t think I buy that.
|06:09||Ottawa||Mike Hoffman (2) ASST: Tom Pyatt (2), Dion Phaneuf (2)||1-0|
|09:31||Ottawa||PPG – Derick Brassard (3) ASST: Mark Stone (2), Thomas Chabot (2)||2-0|
|03:36||Ottawa||Mike Hoffman (3) ASST: Kyle Turris (5), Alexandre Burrows (1)||3-0|
|01:04||Ottawa||Zack Smith (1) ASST: Kyle Turris (6), Mark Stone (3)||4-0|
|03:43||Ottawa||PPG – Chris Wideman (3) ASST: Mike Hoffman (1), Zack Smith (3)||5-0|
|08:34||Ottawa||PPG – Kyle Turris (1) ASST: Mike Condon (1)||6-0|
|11:03||Edmonton||Adam Larsson (1) ASST: Connor McDavid (2), Kailer Yamamoto (1)||6-1|
I’m getting concerned that I can only use the Kesler grabbing Talbot’s pad excuse for a few more weeks.
— Ryan (@IAmByks) October 15, 2017
If Kassian had scored on a penalty shot it would have been disallowed anyway.
— Rob Tychkowski (@Rob_Tychkowski) October 15, 2017
This Oilers game is depressing.
*changes channel to documentary about car accidents
Ahhh yeah, that's better.
— Ryder (@ryderfm) October 15, 2017
— Mr. Brain (@therealMrBrain) October 15, 2017
Hello, darkness, my old friend…
— David Smitten (@DavidSmitten) October 15, 2017
— Clay Yourk (@Yourk17) October 15, 2017
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Source: NHL.com, Official Game Page, 10/14/2017, 10:52pm MST