GDB Wrap Up 4.0: Senators stomp the Oilers 6-1, bandwagon empties

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.

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Let’s wrap it up.


  • 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.
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  • 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.
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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


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Source: NHL.com, Official Game Page, 10/14/2017, 10:52pm MST

  • Dwayne Roloson 35

    Our fans need to chill out. We’ve played 12 periods of hockey and we’re 4% into the season.

    A 2 game winning streak makes us a .500 team again.

        • LordVallko

          Todd is terrible head coach, may be a fantastic assistant coach, but head, no way. He sucks at line matching, he sucks at challenges, his win loss is better away than at home. That alone proves other coaches are better especially when home ice advantage becomes a disadvantage, think about it. And who loses a 3 goal lead in the last 3 minutes of a major playoff game, geez. Todd and Company, that’s who. Every year of Todd is a wasted year of McDollars. This team will never win a Stanley cup with Todd as the coach, again I am giving 3 to 1 odds and hearing crickets. So disappointed in this organization yet again.

          • Dwayne Roloson 35

            We were 25-12-4 at home and 22-14-5 on the road last year. Making things up isn’t a good way to support your argument.

            We all know what happened with the 3 goal lead in the playoffs. I dont see how Kesler opening Talbots 5-hole is on Mclellan.

      • Dwayne Roloson 35

        A loss is a loss no matter how they played. Doesn’t meant they can’t turn it around in a hurry. 3 games don’t define a team. Ovechkin isn’t gonna score 123 goals.

  • RJ

    Career year last year for Talbot.

    Talbot has already been pulled twice in four games. Did he get pulled twice all of last season.

    Just playing poorly or is this regression? It better be just poor play because there is no other option. (Sorry, Brossoit doesn’t cut it).

  • X Man

    I’m sorry, but I gotta say that I find those ORANGE! jerseys to be terribly revolting… If they didn’t a enjoy a slight bit of success with that awful color last season I would blame the ORANGE! for this ones inept start… How can a player sneak past a defender while adorned in ‘high viz’?… Anyhow, it’s not the ORANGE!, but the team…

    The Oilers may not win the Stanley Cup, but we can rest assured that they most certainly will be in contention for Sportsnet’s ‘Worst Jerseys in NHL History’ segment in 2037…

  • jultz=2cups!??

    So is this the time of year baggedmilk and oilersnation pick someone to blame losses on? The goat or whatever? I pick Schultz and eberle!! I can see that oilersnation is already turning on Lucic after reading this article tho. Fans on the ledge after 4 games and pointing fingers in every direction! Hahaha classic oilersnation!

  • Not a First Tier Fan

    Stretches like this is where the wanna-be fans show their true colours… and where true Oiler fans say ‘lemme tell you about a little stretch of time called the ‘decade of darkness…’.

    Three games is nothing. Cam, Connor and the boys will get it figured out.

  • Anton CP

    So, what’s wrong with the Oilers so far this season.

    Let’s start with the obvious: Talbot is struggling. However Talbot is a little different breed of goalie, he thrives on heavy workload because that he is a slow burner. It seems that fatigue can improve his performance and he has not been playing a lot of preseason games and maybe part of the reason why he has started slow.

    Somewhat obvious: The Oilers defense is seriously missing Sekera. It is not so much just because that Sekera is a good defenseman but without him which the Oilers have to start Gryba. It is unbelievable with the fewest average minutes defenseman on ice that he racked up 8 penalties already. I guess that he never received the note from NHL about straighten the rules.

    Not so obvious: Patrick Maroon is not going to score a lot if McDavid is going to shoot more. As for now that Maroon is 11th for SOG, only Kris Russell has played for more minutes than Maroon shoot less. Maroon’s effectiveness reduced if McDavid is not feeding him the puck. Maroon cannot create his own chance and he doesn’t play in front of the net so he is not going to repeat the same 27 goals performance this year as long as that McDavid shoots more often.

    Something very strange: so far the Oilers took a total of 155 shots and 51 of them are from the blueliners. Very few teams have higher shot volume came from their defense (Predators have 48 shots from defensemans in 5 games, Penguins have 69 shots in 6 games). I don’t know if that is what McLellan wants or due to the lack of puck moving abilities that they are just trying to take chances with long bombs. The high shot volume became quite deceiving when you realized that most of those shots will never go into the net. 2 goals (4 points) from 51 shots (Penguins have 5 goals with 14 points), they need to stop shooting so much.

    • Anton CP

      Actually, after going through the numbers that one thing stand out. A very interesting and disturbing number: only 5 points have been scoring by goalies and 3 of them are against the Oilers. It is a big problem when you realized about how goalies scoring so much against the Oilers: the frenzy rapid fire from the blueline.

      The sequence goes like this: defenseman tee off from the top of the circle, goalie made an easy kick save and turned into a breakaway chances to the other end. Defenseman was unable to catch up after wasted energy on shots and it became an easy goal for the other team.



    No wonder Lowetide.ca is so popular, It’s where people actually talk about hockey, and have intelligent conversations! ON is full of Trolls and senseless,boring babble, 90% not even related to Oilers or hockey! Rather read instructions to Ikea furniture in Portuguese than try and filter through this garbage! Disappointing, at least the articles are worth reading. And yes, i will skip the comment sections in the future 😉

  • madjam

    Is Todd losing the midas touch with his messages to club ? Early last year the club responded positively after Todd got after them for a loss to Buffalo , but this year with lots of practice they come up with a stinker of a performance beyond Yamamoto . Is their less team ability to implement Todd’s direction , or are they starting to tune his tirages out ? Maybe a combination of both ? When will the offence come is the question , and from whom ? This season looks like we gave far more offence away than we received in return . Looking like Strome and Jokinen are poor additions . Pakarinen , Khaira and Slepyshev have never been bastions of offence , but Letestu has fallen back as well , making matters worse . One more axe to grind – Maroon looking like he might revert to having a year like the one that cost him his job in Anaheim . Not looking like Kassian can provide enough offence to play top 6 , but is still useful none the less as temporary fill in . Team appears to be relying on McDavid (riding his coattails)more than they should , rather than their lack of production in own games – in a funk . The club has fumblelitis and needs to work on drills for eye hand coordination . We are just one win away from being positive on club again , so put on your forgive and forget hats , as losing streak should soon becoming to an end and a thing of the past .

    • madjam

      Clearer projection : Oilers first win was a good indicator of our clubs ability . After 7 victories including exhibition the club looked poised to take a step forward , only to take steps back in next 3 losses . Sound familiar ? Eskimos go on 7 game win streak and then plummet to six straight losses before starting to pull out of funk and win last 2 games . Eskimos still a good club and so are the Oilers . Some new players , variables and injuries are more costly than they should be at this time . The club is still good enough to get their mojo going gain in a positive direction .

  • Jordan McNugent-Hallkins

    We can recover from this start, but it has to begin with next game. Two wins and we’re right back in it, but two more losses and it’ll start to look really ugly.

  • Sven

    Chin up

    No way the Oil goes 1-81………

    I would bet that you win another game this season – and likely even this calendar year
    and if you have decided to actually try to go 1-81 and lottery draft Rasmus Dahlin – he’s good but not that good……
    and eventually you will actually have to try to start winning

  • Chainsawz

    At four games, there’s no reason to panic but we can safely say 2 things:

    Given the cap space the Oilers have, the Strome-Eberle trade and wasting a roster spot on Jokinen were both terrible moves.

  • Bag of pucks

    Let’s keep this all in perspective folks. Yes the Oil are 1-3 and yes they look like a steaming pile of feces doing it but there is still plenty of time to right the ship. Last year’s western conference finalists started 2-5 and 2-6. If they are still receiving beat downs regularly after 10 games or so then I would get more concerned.

  • Zesty14

    I have felt right from the McDavid, Dri contracts. Edmonton was sitting on a 3 legged chair with Talbot added to the list. It’s very unfortunate about Dri injury. I had an absolute blast watching him play for Kelowna. what was already said its only 4 games in. It looks like to right this ship now will take some serious coaching. Plan A at the start is over time to find and implement plan B.

  • Slipknot 8

    Trading Eberle for a 3rd liner and signing a player who wasn’t going to be signed by the hapless Panthers is starting to look like a list of poor management decisions.
    Keep in mind the cost of Lucic and the fact the prospects in the AHL aren’t coming anytime soon, the Oilers are in a bad way…