General disappointment indeed. Final Score: 6-3 Stars
After Thursday night’s disaster against the St. Louis Blues, Edmonton needed to respond with a much better effort. I mean, the bar to clear was pretty low as far as playing better than they did against the Blues but it was something that needed to happen. Even though the Stars are also having a weird up and down year, they’re still a very good hockey team with plenty of offensive threats and the fact that this game happened during daylight hours also played into their favour.
Much like Thursday night, the Oilers got the quick start they want but were once again unable to score. That inability to cash in on their early chances proved costly as the Stars opened the scoring with two bad goals that added a dose of ‘here we go again’ to what looked like another blown afternoon game. Fortunately, Connor McDavid tried to change their fate as he threw the team on his back and single-handedly dragged the Oilers back into the hockey game. Unfortunately, his work was completely negated by yet another late-period goal that wound up being the winner, horrible mistakes, and a complete disregard to playing defence.
I don’t know why the Oilers can’t lock it down at the end of periods but it’s a serious problem that needs to be fixed, like, yesterday. The black cloud that’s hanging over this team right now is real and it is all powerful. Time is running out here, boys.
THE BRIGHT SIDE
- We have the rest of the afternoon to drink this one away.
- Drake Caggiula opened the scoring for the Oilers with a short handed goal that got them back into a game that was starting to look bleak after two bad goals by the Stars. Caggiula added a second goal (his 3rd) only 42 seconds into the second period and gave his team their first lead of the afternoon. I think it goes without saying that this was easily Caggiula’s best game of the season as he looked good playing on Connor’s wing.
- The Oilers needed to get a big game from Connor McDavid and he delivered it. After the Oilers fell behind by two goals you could almost sense that Connor was getting pissed off and he used that hateful rage for good. Not only did he go full-McDavid assist on the assist for Caggiula’s short handed goal, he added one of his own that tied the game at two apiece. The captain was great today and was, as you’d hope, the Oilers best player. McDavid finished the day with three points and a hell of a showing.
- The Oilers fared reasonably well on special teams tonight as they killed five of six penalties they faced and were also able to get something done on the power play. Unfortunately, their play at 5-on-5 was the complete opposite and they couldn’t get a save when they needed one.
- Milan Lucic tried to get himself and the boys fired up early with a pretty good tilt against Greg Pateryn. Looch got a few good shots in, including a right hand that you’re going to want to see again. As always, you can have another look Lucic’s fight page over at HockeyFights.com.
- Kari Lehtonen was cool.
THE FACE PALMERS
- Antoine Roussel opened the scoring from behind the blue line. Let that sink in for a minute. I don’t know what it is about Talbot and allowing goals from behind the net but it’s kinda his thing. The Oilers had been playing well up until that point and it was a horrible goal that Talbot needs to be better on.
- Alex Radulov put the Stars up by two after he ripped a wrister past Talbot on the short side that he probably should have had.
- Devin Shore tied the game up at three off of a lucky goal that bounced in off Oscar Klefbom. Bad luck be thy name.
- Radek Faksa gave the Stars back the lead late in the second period as the Oilers cough up yet another goal in the final moments of a period. Those late ones have been the Oilers kryptonite and it is a tragic trend that cannot end soon enough.
- Jason Spezza added another kick to the balls late in the third period as Ben Bishop was able to fire a pass down the ice to a wide open Spezza and he walked in alone on Talbot and won the showdown.
- The NHL site only has the Oilers down for six giveaways but I call bullshit on that one. They couldn’t break the put out of their own zone all afternoon so the idea of only having six giveaways is laughable.
- After allowing two tough goals to start the game, Cam Talbot was rattled and couldn’t shut the door when the Oilers needed him to. Another forgettable game for Talbot and he needs to get himself out of this funk right quick. He finished the day with 15 saves and a .714 save%. Actually, I’m not sure why Todd McLellan didn’t pull him like Hitchcock did with Lehtonen.
- I’m not a big +/- minus guy but Maroon and Russell shared the crown today with a dash three rating beside their name. Considering five of six goals came at even strength then you’re looking at a tough night.
- Tough game for Darnell Nurse tonight as he was giving the puck away like he was handling a grenade. He made some poor puck choices in his own end and it gave the Stars some excellent looks at the net.
- Klefbom’s year of sadness continues. He’s next in line for whenever the witch doctor is done with Kassian.
- Zack Kassian may have to look for a witch doctor or something to lift this curse that is hanging over his head. Kass had yet another breakaway that he couldn’t cash in on and I don’t know what else he has to do to crack the goose egg in his goals column.
- The Oilers took way too many penalties today (six). Yes, they were able to kill most of them off but it’s tough to win hockey games when you’re down a man for 12 minutes.
- Refs sucked again. What else is new? It’s shocking how inconsistent they are. Unbelievable.
- I forgot about that dude in the tan jacket that is incessantly banging on the glass behind the net. I hate that guy and I assume that everyone in his life or within close proximity to him feels the same way.
- Pat Maroon and Jamie Oleksiak got into a rare intermission scrap after the first period and it did not go well for Patty. Oleksiak fed him a steady diet of right hands and Maroon nearly hit his head on the ice as he went down. Could have been bad news.
- Of course I have to eat beets again. OF COURSE I DO.
|06:36||Dallas||Antoine Roussel (2) ASST: Jamie Benn (10), John Klingberg (15)||0-1|
|08:57||Dallas||Alexander Radulov (7) ASST: Antoine Roussel (3), Esa Lindell (4)||0-2|
|16:54||Edmonton||SHG – Drake Caggiula (2) ASST: Connor McDavid (14)||1-2|
|17:46||Edmonton||PPG – Connor McDavid (10) ASST: Milan Lucic (9), Oscar Klefbom (5)||2-2|
|00:42||Edmonton||Drake Caggiula (3) ASST: Darnell Nurse (5), Connor McDavid (15)||3-2|
|07:57||Dallas||Devin Shore (1) ASST: Tyler Seguin (10)||3-3|
|18:40||Dallas||Radek Faksa (5) ASST: Tyler Pitlick (3), Jamie Oleksiak (1)||3-4|
|13:30||Dallas||Jamie Benn (11) ASST: Antoine Roussel (4), Alexander Radulov (12)||3-5|
I'm back from Sweden, so once again – I'll eat a can of beets after every Oilers victory until they're over .500 again, to balance out @jsbmbaggedmilk's failure beets.
— John Epler (@eplerjc) November 18, 2017
— S-Dizzle (@moosebootner) November 18, 2017
My investment in beet futures is looking secure.
— Kevin Radowits (@sportsjunkie007) November 18, 2017
Everyone sing along…"It's a hard beet life for us, it's a hard beet life for us, if only he could see, he shouldn't trade Eberle. It's a hard beet life."
— David Smitten (@DavidSmitten) November 18, 2017
— Boots (@55_Boots) November 18, 2017
Source: NHL.com, Official Game Page, 11/18/2017, 2:20pm MST