We should know this by now. Facing a backup goalie + home game = bad time. Final Score: 4-0 Preds.
Well I gotta say it was real nice to see the Oilers pickup where they left off after the road trip. They came out firing everything they had on the Predators backup goalie whom I call ‘not-Rinne’, finishing the first period having outshot Nashville 22-4. The Oilers pushing the pace in the first period was not something I expected tonight. It’s amazing that they came out with over 20 shots in the first period, but as they proved, it doesn’t matter how many shots you get on net, it’s about the amount of goals you score.
Tonight the Oilers ran into another lights out backup goaltender who was impossible to score on. Can someone tell me how this is possible? We have no problem chasing all-star goaltenders out of the net but as soon as we face a guy no one’s ever heard of before we can’t score if our playoff dreams depended on it. Is it just bad luck? Do we just suck at hockey? I don’t even know any more.
Besides a humiliating second period, the Oilers didn’t really play all that bad. Unfortunately, the second period still counts towards the final score of the game, and we can’t forget that. A couple unlucky bounces lead to a couple unlucky goals against and from there things just kept getting worse. Frustration became apparent with several scrums between whistles involving guys like Kassian and Maroon.
The third period started the same way as the first period did, with the Oilers unloading on Nashville but THEY STILL COULDN’T SCORE! Maybe it’s a home-ice thing? The boys could be gripping their sticks a little too hard in front of their home city. Either way, we’re going to be spending the next 48 hours wondering how we lost this game until we play the Wild on Saturday. All I know right now is that I’m stuck wearing a dumb turkey hat all day tomorrow, Baggedmilk has to eat a sad can of beets tonight, and TheNationDan is not any closer to wearing pants for the first time in months. #SacrificeFor500
THE BRIGHT SIDE
- The Oilers had a good start to the game with a few good shifts from everyone. As per usual, Matt Benning was throwing his little body around with a giant open ice hit and got the crowd on their feet early. The boys continued to move their feet quickly and had some good rushes, eventually drawing a few penalties from their hard work.
- I’ve been really liking Camalleri on the powerplay. Not much production so far but he takes so many shots that it’s refreshing to see. We need someone who always thinks to shoot first, pass later.
- So many guys stood out to me in the first period showing off their skills. Connor was being Connor, Jujhar made a few hard-working plays in the neutral zone to get the puck in deep, Auvitu’s slapshot always impresses me, Puljujarvi had a good few touches and played hard as well. Everyone seemed to be clicking and it was a beautiful sight.
- CONNOR! He’s without a doubt back to his normal self after suffering some strep throat. The kid is a human highlight machine and proved it again tonight every time he touched the puck.
- You gotta love the emotion Kassian brings to the rink every game. Thank god he didn’t take a penalty during his fiasco with Weber in the second period (otherwise this note would probably be a face palmer). Now that Hendricks is gone, he’s one of our main energy guys on the ice.
- I don’t even know if I can count the third period as a bright side or not. The Oilers came out flying, just like they did in the first period. They controlled the play, pushed the pace, and threw a ton of shots on net, but had nothing to show for it.
- Despite the four goals against I honestly didn’t mind Brossoit’s game tonight. The first two goals were absolutely not his fault, and the whole team shut down after that for the remainder of the second period. I’ve noticed myself not getting as nervous when we don’t have possession in the defensive zone because my trust is growing slowly but surely for Brossoit.
THE FACE PALMERS
- It’s still a little disappointing to not see Puljujarvi on the power play. I mean, do we HAVE to have Lucic out there? #GivePoolPartyAChance
- BOO to unlucky goals! On their fifth shot of the game, Aberg somehow got his stick on a high point shot and deflected it past Brossoit who essentially had no chance at a save. The goal was reviewed for a high-stick but OF COURSE went against the Oilers favour. Twitter collectively agreed that it should have been a high-stick, which automatically made me believe that the call on the ice would stay strictly because the hockey gods hate us.
- Kevin Fiala scored an easy open net powerplay goal in the second period after a shot from the point deflected off two players and found his stick. This is some real bad puck luck for the Oilers and there’s not a whole lot we could have done about that, especially cause Nuge was playing stickless after getting interfered with in the neutral zone. I mean, maybe Klefbom didn’t have to shoot the puck out of play and take the penalty in the first place… but still.
- Alright so the third goal against WAS our fault. Not really sure what Benning was doing with the lousy poke check and I’m not really sure what Lucic was doing with his man coverage but ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
- I mean… three penalties in the second period probably won’t help us win a lot of games, ESPECIALLY with our penalty kill playing the way it did tonight… which was 33% by the way.
- We outshot Nashville 46-23 and lost 4-0. That is all.
- In addition to being shutout by another backup goaltender, we went 0/3 on the powerplay which also makes me want to vomit.
|02:56||Nashville||Pontus Aberg (2) ASST: Mattias Ekholm (14), Calle Jarnkrok (8)||1-0|
|08:16||Nashville||PPG – Kevin Fiala (7) ASST: Mattias Ekholm (15), Kyle Turris (18)||2-0|
|14:49||Nashville||Kyle Turris (7) ASST: Craig Smith (9)||3-0|
|17:25||Nashville||PPG – Roman Josi (7) ASST: Filip Forsberg (17), P.K. Subban (15)||4-0|
This PP does *need* to have both Lucic AND Letestu on at the same time.
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— Matt Henderson (@Archaeologuy) December 15, 2017
#Oilers chase Price and Bobrovsky in four periods scoring four goals on each. Have fired 63 shots on McElhinney and Saros in four periods, but no goals. Ten consecutive strong periods for Edmonton. Keep firing and likely to be rewarded.
— Jason Gregor (@JasonGregor) December 15, 2017
— Tyson Munro (@Tys35) December 15, 2017
YES BUT HOW MANY DAYS HAS HE BEEN ON THE EARTH FOR?? pic.twitter.com/PivOSBYjui
— Christmas Gordeyko (@TheNationChris) December 15, 2017
@OilersNation actual timelapse smiley sequence of me watching the Oilers game:
? oilers game woo
? boys playing great
☺ not scoring tho
? stay calm
? goal not disallowed
— Peter Parker (@kalahari_jr) December 15, 2017
The boys after Todd tells them they get another team’s backup: pic.twitter.com/I6ATXRMNUJ
— Thee Nation Dan – In shorts #Sacrificefor500 (@TheNationDan) December 15, 2017
All high stick goals against Edmonton count because replays are pointless apparently.
— Baggedmilk – Beet writer til .500 (@jsbmbaggedmilk) December 15, 2017
REAL LIFE PODCAST
On this week’s podcast, the boys get into all things Oilers, look at what’s going on with the Flames moving to Calgary and try to figure out who is impersonating me at the Pint.
Source: NHL.com, Official Game Page, 12/14/2017, 7:30pm MST