GDB 21.0 Wrap Up: The sadness is real, Oilers lose 8-3

The best part of this game was when it ended. Final Score: 8-3 Blues

When the Oilers played the Blues last week, they got absolutely pumped after a lacklustre and mistake-riddled effort. As far as being bad, they checked off almost every box in terms of what not to do and I honestly expected them to be much better this time around. What can I say — I’m a  dreamer, I guess. Frankly, this beet life I’m living right now has added all kinds of doubts in my mind and it’s making me hope for wins so much so that it’s probably blinding my common sense and judgement. I don’t care what the Oilers had to do to make it happen, but I/we needed to win this hockey game.

As for the game itself, I doubt it was on the menu to have the Blues take a two-goal lead before the game was even 10 minutes old, but that’s exactly what happened. I mean, I don’t think it takes a rocket surgeon to figure out that spotting a two-goal lead to one of the best teams in the NHL is a bad idea. Imagine what it takes to come back from that? More than what the Oilers had to offer, that’s for sure. I don’t know what else to say at this point. Who could have seen this coming? Even the harshest Oilers critic probably wouldn’t have pegged them for close to last in the NHL.

Right now, the Oilers remind me of myself when I was trying to drive a standard for the very first time. It’s not that the Oilers don’t know how to drive, but it’s sure as hell obvious that they don’t know what they’re doing.

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The wrap.

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  • The game is over.
  • Milan Lucic absolutely smashed home his fourth goal of the year after Connor walked into the Blues’ zone and set him up on a tee. The game was all but over at that point but I will never get tired of watching #97 play hockey.
  • Leon Draisaitl scored his first goal late in the third period when the last thing that really mattered was a goal.
  • Darnell Nurse scored his first goal of the year after a nice little play by Draisaitl and Nugent-Hopkins. It came at a ‘who cares’ moment but it is nice for Darryl to get on the board.
  • Connor McDavid missed yesterday’s practice with some kind of illness and I was happy to see that he was on the ice this morning. I mean, it goes without saying that the Oilers are a better team with Connor on the ice and that rings true even if he’s only playing at 85%. Just as a reminder, CONNOR IS NOT THE PROBLEM. I love him.
  • Two points for Nuge tonight. He looked much better with Draisaitl than they did against on Saturday against Dallas.
  • I’m giving props to Brossoit for coming in in an unwinnable situation. No matter how many goals the Blues were going to score, Brossoit was going to be the one that took it on the chin. Did he let in four? Yes. Did he have to pay for the team being embarrassing? Also yes.
  • Anyone else crack up laughing when Matt Benning dropped the mitts and started popping Tarasenko? As sad as it is to say, this was a highlight for me. If you want to see it again, you can always check out the scrap on Benning’s player page over at HockeyFights.com.
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  • What didn’t go wrong tonight? Bad game. Bad effort. Bad vibes. Bad Oilers.
  • Vladimir Tarasenko opened the scoring just after the three minute mark of the first period. Klefbom got beat on the play and, just like that, the Blues were up a goal before the game had even really started. Tarasenko scored again in the third period but the game was long over by that point.
  • Dmitrij Jaskin added a second goal for the Blues only five minutes later on what was truly a horrible goal. It really wasn’t surprising that Todd McLellan pulled Talbot after that one because it was ugly.
  • Jaden Schwartz added the Blues’ third goal (first past Brossoit) that added another nail in the coffin that was the Oilers’ chances of winning.
  • By the time Brayden Schenn got the fourth St. Louis goal of the night, this thing looked like men against boys. Frankly, Chiarelli is lucky this team has no chance of being relegated.
  • Scottie Upshall scored the fifth Blues goal of the night. By this point, I had lost interest in what was going on and wasn’t really paying attention all that much.
  • Cam Talbot got pulled after allowing two goals on three shots. I don’t know what’s going on with his confidence right now but I just want to let him know that I’m here to talk. Even if you want to have a fun day out, we can do that too. Whatever you need, man, I’m here for you.
  • Klefbom, you’re killing me this season, buddy. You are a shadow of the man you were a year ago.
  • The giveaways at both blue lines are killing me right now. I don’t know why the default play is to try and throw the puck across the ice rather than get it deep, but it has to stop. So many of these giveaways could be prevented if they made the smart play.
  • Why do the Oilers have such a hard time breaking out of their zone right now? Why can’t they make the simple passes that it takes to move the puck ahead? What is it? Are they flying the zone too early? Are they missing the small details? What are they always stuck in the defensive end of the ice?
  • Let’s be honest. There weren’t many highlights to mention tonight and the fact that this isn’t the first time we’ve had a game like this is infuriating.
  • Outshot 40-29. Surprised? Of course not.
  • MORE BEETS FOR ME I GUESS! I hate you right now, Oilers. I really do. Join in on the #BeetCase and Oilers Q&A over on my Twitter.
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03:13 St. Louis Vladimir Tarasenko (11) ASST: Brayden Schenn (19) 0-1
07:35 St. Louis Dmitrij Jaskin (2) ASST: Oskar Sundqvist (3), Robert Bortuzzo (4) 0-2


03:52 St. Louis Jaden Schwartz (11) ASST: Vladimir Tarasenko (13), Brayden Schenn (20) 0-3
19:30 St. Louis Brayden Schenn (9) ASST: Jaden Schwartz (17) 0-4


06:09 Edmonton Milan Lucic (4) ASST: Connor McDavid (16), Drake Caggiula (2) 1-4
07:39 St. Louis Scottie Upshall (3) ASST: Chris Thorburn (2), Kyle Brodziak (5) 1-5
12:21 St. Louis Vladimir Tarasenko (12) ASST: Jaden Schwartz (18), Alex Pietrangelo (13) 1-6
14:37 St. Louis PPG – Brayden Schenn (10) ASST: Colton Parayko (7), Vladimir Tarasenko (14) 1-7
15:11 Edmonton Leon Draisaitl (6) ASST: Kris Russell (6), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (8) 2-7
16:58 St. Louis Paul Stastny (5) ASST: Alexander Steen (7), Colton Parayko (8) 2-8
18:49 Edmonton Darnell Nurse (1) ASST: Leon Draisaitl (10), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (9) 3-8


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Source: NHL.com, Official Game Page, 11/21/2017, 8:30pm MST

  • cgyearnall/edmfreeloaders

    God your a moron..is that your best ..so in your feeble mind beating us is better than playoffs..4 wins for you..we will take that every day..we dont ice our best vs sad sack teams..ever played a game where you are so much better than yoyr.apponant..ie hockey vs a blind midget.would you play hard and really play your best…really..or pool against hot young drunk gal in bar….nope or your a liar and goof

    • Space Pants

      Dude, you already know you are a MORON. I’m from Edmonton, I lived in Calgary for 10 years after school (NAIT) because there weren’t any educated people down there, , first 7 years was no playoffs for Flames with Iginla. Let fan favorite Martin St. Louis walk and trade Marc Savard future all-star for nothing. I don’t mind friendly banter unless it’s clueless [email protected] like you who ignore facts. The Flames haven’t won sh!t in the same time we have been flounding. Get pissed off, hate your life, call us anything you want. You are still going to be a piece of sh!t in the morning. The city of Calgary is WELFARE!

      • cgyearnall/edmfreeloaders

        #2 spunky calgary has lower crime rate..lower unemployment than edmonton….and have overall been way more competitive in 15 yrs..not the hockey welfare bums like edmonton..any 5 ur old hockey fan could have built and maintained a better team than edm…still needing another freebee….suc it girlie boy

    • cgyearnall/edmfreeloaders

      Hey spunk in yr pants.#1 you’ve blown yr load in yr pants too often to ever have kids…you left calgary couse it always happend while you eete close to children..we kicked you out you dolt

  • Petrolero

    So if 80% of the teams in playoff position by American thanksgiving (this coming friday) make the dance, that leaves about 2 spots up for grabs (with pretty generous rounding) in the conference. Even if they win the next two games against detroit (which they won’t) and Buffalo (which they might), they’ll still be 3 points out. There’s 5 teams ahead of them right now by at least 5 points. I’m throwing up in my mouth as I’m writing this: The Oilers’ season is done.

  • Space Pants

    Every time I login, I have to refresh because it never logs me in, yet I am logged in.

    Anyway, a lot of these coq shiner Flame trolls like to pretend that they’re inaccurate spelling and grammar makes them tough guys. Why don’t the Nations do a UFC style fight promotion and see how many of these needle dicks show up???

  • Captain Ron

    Loved the look on Camalleri’s face tonight on the bench!
    WTF how did I end up here?
    Last week I was basking in the sun…going to the rink in shorts…winning games…enjoying life in LA…somebody help me!!!

  • Space Pants

    Seriously, is there anyone from Cowsh!t that even knows how to read or write? You guys are embarrassing yourselves with your lack of education. I guess that’s what happens when even the cow has an abortion.

    • cgyearnall/edmfreeloaders

      Hey spunk boy put down your blow up doll….take the barbie out o yr ass….i just dont spend my days playing vodeo games as you do..or online checkin out tots…i work outside yr round with sweat and blood….i just choose not to worry bout correct grammar on a site like this..i type fast..make errors ..dont care …if thats your big hangup..too bad…

      • Space Pants

        At least we all know which team will be relocated first. You think we are welfare, but your vacant office towers no corporate support, and no fans going to the games…….do you even have a penis or did you change it into a sandy vagina Mr. Garrison style?

        • cgyearnall/edmfreeloaders

          Hey lil boy lover ..spunk in his pants…our towers arent all empty..we just built plenty of new towers soo lots of new space….and for the record you liing pos..nait is in edm ..sait in calgary..take you made up education and stick it with your barbie doll picks up yr loose arse

      • Space Pants

        Of course you don’t care you illiterate [email protected] You oblivious to life. You are trying to rag on me, while you are the one here trolling, or should a say, making a pathetic attempt to troll. Instead of bottles, the put penis’s in the mouths of children born in Cowgary.

  • Reinman

    Stay tuned, next year we will be worse, as we will be a 28th place team in cap hell. Bravo Chiarelli. You are supposed to win the cup, or come close before you wnd up in the situation we are in. Instead, we suck and can’t afford to keep the team together. How did that happen?

    • Reinman

      One more. Can we keep Connor, let everyone else go UFA, and do an expansion draft next year? Imagine how could Las Vegas would be with Connor on their team. Imagine how heavy(slow) Chiarelli would make our team. I am not sure I like Chiarelli’s brand of hockey.

      • Leichs

        It worked for him 5-10 years ago but the league was different then. Its a small fast speedy skilled league. Look at Tampa, St louis and Toronto. I dont see any Lucic’s and Maroons and Kassians over there. Went too much for size and grit and lost all of our speed and skill. Are we ever going to find a pure shooter whether its from draft or trade? Seeing guys like Boeser and Matthews makes me so sad. Guys that know how to walk in and rip one and not have to constantly go for pretty tap ins. McD should get some shooting lessons from those guys. Its like our players arent aware that one timers and snap shots and slap shots are a way to score goals as well… Ever seen an Oiler walk in and take a snap shot? Do they even know wtf that is?

  • GK1980

    The first 2 st Louise goals were tough and kind of flukey. That’s fine, but no response from the Oilers was disgusting. Why are they so fragile? Why are they so weak?

    • I’ve said it all year: they aren’t trying. There’s no fire. No passion. If they over-achieved last year, fine. Do it again. Show that grit, that hustle, that swagger. Stop pouting when you give up a soft goal…instead, go out and get the puck back and force it down the other team’s throat. Skate. Move your feet. TRY, FOR GORD’S SAKE!!!

  • The Greaser

    Russell sure takes a beating from the fans on this site. But I gotta say, every time I looked up at the t.v., I saw Larsson getting pushed around like a little old lady in a wheel chair. And he seems to escape all the fan daggers.

    I believe the best way to build a team that will be successful over the long haul is one that drafts and develops its talent. And I don’t mean first rounders. I mean the players who get picked up in the 3- 6 rounds and have tons of talent and possess a “the world owes me nothing” attitude. Until the Oil can find and develop these players, I think their struggles will continue. Teams that try to win cups through free agency will have short bursts of success but won’t be tenable in the big scheme of all things hockey.

  • Alberta Ice

    This team is not united. There is no sense of urgency or even shame. Are players happy and content with what they are getting paid and jealous of what others are getting paid? Are there some internal team relationships that have soured that no coach can fix? This team has imploded. (But, hey, some will still get paid very well no matter where the team ends up in the standings at the end of the year.) Really got to feel for the ON faithful at this juncture of the year, especially the ones that live and die for and with the orange and blue. The DOD, not dynasty, rears it’s ugly head again.

  • madjam

    Watching the Oilers is like watching the Seas part and swallow us up . If Chia makes a trade , is there enough in coaching to help turn this club around no matter whom we might get ? Spector goes after everyone , and not sparing the GM and coaching as the problem as much if not moreso than the players . Every aspect of club in disarray . Appears to be stay the course and take our lumps type year – not the type of year most fans want to endure .