GDB 28.0 Wrap Up: Oilers snooze through two periods, lose 4-2 to Philly

At least the last 10 minutes were alright? *sigh* Final Score: 4-2 Flyers

Does anyone else feel like it’s been forever since the Oilers last played? I know it’s only been a few days but it still seems like an eternity since our boys in orange put up a touchdown against the Flames. Coming into tonight’s game, I have to admit that I was happy to see the Flyers end their losing streak against the Flames because the Oilers have a knack for being slump busters. I guess I was just hoping that Philly might have gotten all their nervous rage out against the Flames and come crashing back down to earth tonight. Dare to dream right?

With the way this game started, the Oilers didn’t look like they had much interest in getting anything done against the team that just broke a 10 game losing streak. The Flyers are bad and the fact that the Oilers had such a lacklustre game against them was disappointing, to say the least. As the game went on, the boys certainly got better but they kept allowing the same mistakes that have killed them all year. Even after they took a one-goal lead, the Oilers looked like they were building on a shaky foundation and it almost seemed like a matter of time before the walls caved in. At the end of the day, the Oilers weren’t nearly good enough against a team that was beatable. At least they showed up for the last 10 minutes or so.

The wrap.


  • Leon Draisaitl scored a huge shorthanded goal in the second period to give the Oilers a goal they desperately needed. Up until that point, the team looked like they were coming out of a coma and it was Connor and Leon that got the boys on the board and into the game. Draisaitl converted a perfect 2-on-1 pass and cashed in with the captain to open the scoring. Fun fact: Draisaitl has more shorthanded points than power play points.
  • The Oilers were down by two goals and it was the Ryan Nugent-Hopkins line that got greasy down low and knocked home an ugly one. Cammalleri and RNH both took a hack at the puck in the slot with the latter putting it home for his 11th goal of the season.
  • Connor McDavid has had some kind of flu twice in the past month and yet somehow he still has 33 points on the season. Imagine if he had been healthy? The Captain is heating up.
  • The fourth line was really solid again tonight. They had their cycle game going, were banging and crashing, and were easily one of the best lines again.
  • The Oilers were great in the faceoff circle, going 61% on the night. A strong effort from all of their centremen.


  • The Oilers only had seven shots after 20 minutes. That’s not anywhere even close to near good enough against the Philadelphia Flyers.
  • Jordan Weal scored a power play goal midway through the second period (on their fourth chance of the night already) off of a really nice passing play by the Flyers. They threw the puck around with precision and Weal was there to cash it in from the doorstep.
  • Surprise, surprise the Oilers gave up the puck at the Flyers blue line and they took it back the other way to score a goal and give themselves a 2-1 lead. To make matters worse, Brossoit should have had the Weise shot from the high slot, but the whole sequence was a comedy of errors. The turnover started the play and the lack of a save finished it.
  • Kris Russell tried to throw the puck across the ice at the Flyers’ blue line (SURPRISE!) and Philly was, once again, able to turn it down and beat Brossoit at the other end of the ice. After the giveaway, Raffl was sent in alone and he made no mistake to give the Flyers a 3-1 lead.
  • After having a tough third period against the Flames, Laurent Brossoit needed a bounce back night and he got some of it against the Flyers. He was square to the shooters, did a pretty good job of controlling his rebounds, and looked a lot quieter in the net than we’ve seen over his past couple starts. Unfortunately, he let in another gross goal that ended up being costly as the Oilers ended up needing that one back. Brossoit finished the night with 29 saves and a .906 save%. I won’t blame this game on Brossoit — the team in front of him was awful for most of the night — but he has to make some saves. I wonder how long Chiarelli is going to wait before making a move?
  • Another night, another round of blown special teams. The Oilers allowed one power play goal on four Philadelphia chances and got absolutely zip done with their power play. At some point they will try something new, right?
  • Speaking of the penalty kill, what is with the weird ‘T’ or ‘L’ formation that the Oilers are running? What have they got against the box? Diamond? Anybody?
  • By the way, what is a penalty anymore? Both teams got weirds calls against/in their favour tonight. The inconsistency in refereeing is remarkably consistent.
  • I really didn’t want to eat beets tonight. Not against the Flyers. Not against the team that literally just ended a 10 game losing streak. Gord dammit. #BeatCast on my Twitter.



No Scoring


03:41 Edmonton SHG – Leon Draisaitl (8) ASST: Connor McDavid (22) 0-1
08:53 Philadelphia PPG – Jordan Weal (3) ASST: Sean Couturier (14), Claude Giroux (18) 1-1
14:45 Philadelphia Dale Weise (3) ASST: Claude Giroux (19), Wayne Simmonds (8) 2-1


04:06 Philadelphia Michael Raffl (4) ASST: Jakub Voracek (27) 3-1
13:20 Edmonton Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (11) ASST: Michael Cammalleri (8), Patrick Maroon (8) 3-2
19:21 Philadelphia EN – Wayne Simmonds (9) ASST: Valtteri Filppula (7), Ivan Provorov (10) 4-2


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Source: NHL.com, Official Game Page, 12/06/2017, 10:15pm MST

    • Winterkush

      its bizzar. The day after he scores on his own net he becomes NHL world star, he makes everyone around him better. He is an unsung hero. This team is absolute garbage.

  • DaveChamp

    I’m done with this coaching staff. Refuse to fix PP, bench Puljajarvi to put Drai back there with McDavid when it hasn’t worked all year, and keep putting Lucic out there when he kills plays when we desperately need offense.

      • chickenStew

        Really? Did you like the way he blindly passed the puck to absolutely no one (best case scenario) every damn time he had the puck? Or how about when he consistently stopped skating at the blue line while McDavid was flying in, expecting him to be a possible target for a pass?
        A few body checks do not cut it.

        • hockey1099

          Lucic doesn’t have the speed or Hockey IQ to play in the top 6. Those blind and often behind the back passes to absolutely no one kills the play and gives up possession. I hate listening to the fans ooh’s and aah’s when he passes it through the crease. People actually think it creates a dangerous scoring chance for us. It doesn’t it just allows for an easy break out for the other team. Mcdavid has lost 10 pounds because he is skating around with the boat anchor that we call lucic tied around his waist.

          • Dean S

            I agree 100%, hes slow now and can barely keep up. Signed for 7yrs x 6M. He can only get faster? I wonder what the next GM will do with that contract? Buyout?

        • Svart kaffe

          He is played to his style and did it more urgency than some games earlier in the season. If they won people would talk about how he punished the opposition and actually kept up with McDavid better than before. And I’m not a big Lucic fan btw, the play always seem to die on his stone hands but he had a few sequences where I thought he was somebody else at first because he didn’t lose the puck so fast.

  • PleaseWinOilers

    Time to stop predicting wins for awhile. Another pathetic effort after a big win.

    Maroon does nothing for this team if he’s not stapled to McDavid.

    • PleaseWinOilers

      Also I don’t want to hear the phrase “turning the corner” again for the entire season. There’s no corner to turn and even if there was there’s only a cliff on the other side.

  • Stack Pad Save

    What a tire fire. How can the coach keep letting the same putrid powerplay keep going out? You think at some point they would legitimately change either the formation or the players on it.

    Also Davidson in. Russell either out or 3rd pairing minutes with Gryba (5 minutes, max)

  • Natti_89

    GDI seriously? Lost to the Flyers? (Thinks a moment) maybe the Oilers plan for the season was to show up against Western Teams ….who we have hardly played . GRRRRRB’ah! Sigh anyway, on to the next one. There’s always tomorrow…

  • BasementDweller

    The Oilers 3 turds of the night, presented by lucky lager:

    1. Playing with the heart of a 90 year old.
    2. The Tim Horton’s Tim Bits power play
    3. Goaltending (what else)

  • OldOilerFan

    “I won’t blame Brossoit for the loss, but the team in front of him played lousy.” Yes. Yes the did. Sure Brossoit needed to stop that one. The breakaway I won’t blame him for. The team was lousy. No breakout. Barely 20 shots on net and no sustained pressure. You have your backup goalie in net? Play tighter in front of him. Help him gain confidence. Geez…….

  • AlexTheOilersFanSince2006

    I…I have no words. So I’ll borrow someone else’s:

    The Oilers will not make the playoffs. The season isn’t salvageable so there’s no reason to trade/fire anyone RIGHT NOW.

  • Oilfaninvan

    That was just terrible to watch for 50 minutes. Just. So. Slow. Sloppy. This team is still being dragged down by the weight of expectations and it’s tough to watch.

    • Rob19

      I hear there’s a couple of Russian prospects coming to help us out – “Teeoff” and “Springoff”. Oldie but a goodie but this is our destination unfortunately. Damn. At least I may get cheap tickets in the new year to take my family to watch some contenders play the Oil.

  • Rebuilds30

    The Canadien’s currently have 2 stud young goaltending prospects in their system, Charlie Lindgren held the fort until Price came back and looks like a keeper, the other from what I hear is Mike McNiven, who scouts actually compare to a young Carey Price. Maybe that’s the team we should be looking at in any trade talks.

  • Boom76

    I think we are missing character leadership of Pouliot, Hendricks, and Sekera. Good news is Sekera’s back soon, and hopefully Talbot.

    And to all you who are saying “We need a new coach and GM”… Ummm why? Like we almost make conference finals, and now we need to replace the whole regime? How about some substance with your criticism

    • FISTO Siltanen

      I’ve been saying the same thing here.

      When Yzerman took over as GM he took his team to game 7 of the conference finals.

      Then they missed the playoffs.

      Then did it again finishing bottom three.

      Then made the playoffs again the next 3 years and were swept in first round, lost in Cup Final, lost in conference finals.

      Then they missed the playoffs. Again.

      Now they are the toast of the league.

      And the coach stayed despite apparently feuding with his star player. The GM stayed despite feuding with a heralded prospect.

      Maybe the Oilers over achieved last year. Didn’t think they’d be this bad but I’m not ready to give up on this team or the leadership just yet.

      • Winterkush

        Every NHL team is different.
        The Oilers are not the Lightning
        Chia is no too Yzerman
        Yzerman signed good players to good prices. Chia sign 2 players $21 million after 1 full NHL season.
        Yzerman didn’t sign Lucic to 7 years or Russel to 4 years
        Yzerman didn’t trade for Griffey Reinheart.
        Yzerman didnt loose Eberle, Hall for lesser producing players.

    • Matt Turner

      Have any of Chias off-season Gamble’s/trades paid off?

      I was a McClellan fan; but his Eakins-like press conferences are starting to wear on me.
      How can you talk so much while achieving so little?

      The Oilers cannot come out flat and lifeless game after game with out the coaches taking blame.

      • Glencontrolurstik

        Chiarelli is not responsible for motivation & systems & for the most part has provided the team with very talented players that have shown us some very spotty samples of fantastic play…
        Chia has zero coaching responsibility, aside from hiring & firing…

    • Glencontrolurstik

      Simple,… no one but the coaching staff is responsible for systems & motivation…
      Players are great, they have absolutely no,… zero direction… They seem to be “winging-it” most nights…

  • nijames

    Hey Baggedmilk, you say the Flyers are a terrible hockey team, they have a better record than the Oil so what does it make the Oil. I held out hope for this team up until now, they just flat out are not good enough. Oh and please quit complaining about the reffing, we all know its far from perfect but its the same for both teams playing so we get it already.

    • Dean S

      Honest Oil analysis. The Oilers have the worst SV % (goaltending) in the NHL. The Oilers are a big, heavy, slow, team.
      Peter Chiarelli Bruinized this team. They lose most of the races to the puck and along the boards.

    • 3rdTierFan

      Yup, that seemed like a statement of assumption to me. The two teams have had a very similar season, with advanced stats saying they are far better than their records indicate. Both teams have very bad special teams, with both having very good underlying numbers 5V5 – with the Oilers being better offensively and the Flyers being better defensively (5V5). Not saying either is a great team, but I wonder if you are guilty, Baggedmilk, of just looking at Philly’s record and coming to the conclusion that they are a bad team based on that.

  • Heschultzhescores

    Why can we not make a PASS? How many times were there passes intercepted or put in the wrong spot? I would never believe you could make it to the NHL level without being a great passer.

  • Heschultzhescores

    At least losing is becoming easier for me now too. The team gave up a long time ago, it took me a bit longer, but I’m with them now. Whooo Hoooo! We Da Worst!

  • ScottV

    We just don’t play smart hockey. It’s not an organizational priority. The focus is on offence and how to find more offence. I thought PC had a decent vision and that things would change, but – I don’t know, did they change the vision? or is McL the wrong guy to implement the vision?- or is there interference from Nicholson and above? Because – it all looks very disjointed, out of sorts – like there is no real vision or identity. The look of a team that is suffering from a lack of definitive and coordinated leadership – perhaps above and beyond the player group.

    The brand of hockey that McL is influencing is very unstable. I even said it last year, when they were winning. Talbot was on average put in too many heroic situations, to pull off saves that were not sustainable over the long haul.

    The team should have been pushed on game management, risk vs reward and given strategies and tactics to support this much more. It should have been drummed into them 2 1/2 years ago and by now – the fruits of that labor would have been very noticeable.

    We would be looking like a well coached, disciplined, smart hockey club, that can win in different ways, but – with the foundation of solid two way – appropriate risk vs reward hockey at the root of things.

    It don’t look anywhere’s like that I’m afraid. And the problem is – that McL has wasted 2 1/2 years trying to rely on a blender to find the elusive magical formula to score a few more goals.

    This really isn’t on the young goaltender. He hasn’t played enough for just one thing – which is part of the very questionable organizational planning that has been going on.