GDB 44.0 Wrap Up: Two inches makes all the difference, Oilers lose 2-1 in Nashville

An offside review is a tough way to lose. Final Score: 2-1 Predators. 

With all the anger and general disappointment that has been hovering over the Oilers these past few days, it was imperative for them to show up and put in a good effort. How frustrating is it that we have to keep wishing for that? Frankly, I don’t know how much lower the Oilers can get if one of the biggest asks from the fanbase is for them to actually show up and actually do their job. Once again, that simple hope was dashed quickly as the Oilers gave up the first goal of the game for the 27th time this season. As if that wasn’t enough, they allowed another only a few minutes later, and for the third straight game were been down by at least two goals before the first period was over. Even the biggest moron can tell you that this is a bad plan for success.

As the game progressed, the Oilers did get much better but it’s never easy to come back in the NHL when you’re down by two goals, and that’s the position that they keep putting themselves in. To have the Oilers drop the first two goals again for the third straight game is a case study in lack of preparation. And while I’m appreciative of the way they stepped up and got to work in the second and third periods, they ended up losing because of what happened (or didn’t happen) in the first period. If you can’t be ready to play for 60 minutes then there’s a good chance that you’re going to lose at this level and, unfortunately, that’s what happened here. That said, having the tying-goal called back because Jujhar Khaira’s skate was off the ice by two inches is heartbreaking. For a league that’s constantly starving for offence, these are the kind of rules that don’t make sense.

Unfortunately, you don’t get points for heartbreakers.

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The wrap.


  • Connor McDavid was easily the best Oiler tonight (as per tradition) and it was nice to seem him flying around the ice. After dropping the first two goals of the game, the Oilers needed to get themselves back into it, and it was the captain that got them there. Watching him blow past the defenceman from a dead standstill was a masterpiece on ice, and we should remind ourselves every day that we’re lucky to have him. Times may be bad, but he is very good.
  • The Maroon-McDavid-Draisaitl line was a force tonight, and I bet that Todd McLellan is going to ride them for a while now. Those three are comfortable together and I bet Todd will stick with it for the rest of the year.
  • Cam Talbot was perfect after allowing those two first period goals. Not to mention, the second goal was basically a gift after a rebound took an unlucky bounce off Larsson’s face. Anyway, Talbot kept his team in this game and made some huge, timely saves to keep things close. Much better effort by Dadbot and he finished the night with 22 saves and a .917 save%.
  • At this point in the season, I’m just trying to look for bright spots and I’m happy to say that Darnell Nurse is one. Darryl is having a great year, and it’s really fun to see how he’s progressing. That said, with Peter Chiarelli failing his community college courses in negotiation, Nurse’s contract negotiations could be terrifying.
  • Oscar Klefbom led the team in ice time with 23:45 and was second to Connor McDavid with three shots on goal (Connor had six).
  • Quick shout out to Jujhar Khaira right now because you know he probably feels bad even though he shouldn’t. Could he have dragged his foot? Maybe. I’m not going to blame him.
  • At least they won the Corsi?
  • The Oilers were great in the faceoff circle tonight, winning 64% of the draws they took.
The Nation Roundup


  • In this morning’s GDB, I wrote about the Oilers having a solid penalty kill on the road. In fact, the Oilers had killed 14 straight road penalties, coming into this game. That was until Craig Smith scored with the man advantage to open the scoring. For the 27th time this season, the Oilers gave up the first goal.
  • Viktor Arvidsson scored a goal that was basically the Oilers season in a nutshell. Talbot made a save off of a point shot and the rebound popped up into Adam Larsson’s face. Larsson dropped (understandably so) and so did the puck, right onto Arvidsson’s stick. If the Oilers didn’t have bad luck they would have none.
  • The no-goal call on Mark Letestu’s tying goal is one of the most ridiculous non-goal calls of all time. Jujhar Khaira’s body was onside, but his left skate was off the ice by a few inches and the goal was called back. There was no advantage to the Oilers. His skate being off the ice while his body was onside had no effect on the play. I understand that this is the rule as it’s written but it’s still ridiculous in every way. That’s just more crap from a league that always seems to be looking for ways to increase offence. No competitive advantage at all, but that’s the rulebook.
  • The Oilers lost on the special teams again. They allowed a power play goal and couldn’t score one of their own, and it’s as simple as that. How many games have the Oilers lost this season that was the same story? I don’t have the exact answer but I can certainly say it’s way too many.
  • The NHL had the giveaways listed as 10 for the Oilers and I’d bet that eight of those came in the first period. The Oilers were basically puck Santa with the Predators and it was that type of mistake that cost them.
  • Scott Hartnell is huge dick. I don’t know how one guy can slash another dude in the balls knowing full well what that feels like. Bush league.
  • Am I allowed to make fun of Lucic for publically criticisizing the power play on nights when he gets called for a bad one and the other team scores the game winner? Too soon?
  • Did I want to do a #BeetCast today? Of course not. But this one hurts. As always, check it out and join in with some questions over on my Twitter.
  • Is Peter Chiarelli fired yet? How about now? No? I’ll check again tomorrow. His intermission interview where he talked about “evaluation” and “looking for solutions” was complete bullshit. He should have known this roster was flawed in August. Ridiculous.
2020 NHL UFA Top 30: Ilya Kovalchuk and Corey Crawford



08:26 Nashville PPG – Craig Smith (15) ASST: Viktor Arvidsson (14), P.K. Subban (23) 0-1
15:31 Nashville Viktor Arvidsson (13) ASST: Roman Josi (17), Ryan Johansen (21) 0-2


00:45 Edmonton Connor McDavid (15) ASST: Matt Benning (6), Leon Draisaitl (23) 1-2


No Scoring


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Source: NHL, Official Game Page, 01/09/2018 – 9:00pm MST

  • JimmyV1965

    For once I would like to see Tmac go off on the refs. Take the fine and show some passion to your players. And it’ll be a frickin travesty if the league doesn’t suspend Hartnell for that spear, even if a penalty wasn’t called. You sure know they would if Maroon did it.

    • jultz=2cups!??

      Lol. If I remember correctly, baggedmilk absolutely loved chiarelli last year. Doing articles on all his different facial hairs and laughing all the way to the playoffs. Now a year later and he’s publicly calling for him to be fired on Twitter. Classy dude. I wouldn’t expect any less tho from that guy. He’d twist a knife in your back as soon as you turn it right Jultz?! But I digress. Hey. Where was oilersnations favorite dman Oscar klefbom tonight??? Working on his abs you guys love so much?? Because I didn’t see him on the ice. Lol oilersnation hates when I bad talk the abs but he’s brutal. He’s had one good season and oilersnation loves him. Everyone talks about Leon cashing in but not klefbom. He seems to be laughing all the way to the bank and has been a common denominator in all the oilers losing seasons. A big 4 million dollar dud in my opinion.

    • geoilersgist

      Exactly! They deserve to be ripped into! Didn’t Brad Marchand get suspended a game or two either this year or last for spearing someone? Drai got a fine in the playoffs for it when it would have been at least a game during the regular season.

      • oilerjed

        I wish I got a screen shot of TMacs face after one non call. There was some serious black magic voodoo in his glare. It might feel good to let it all out in some verbal diarrhea every once in a while. Ya know, just so the refs know he is paying attention.

  • QuitForRealThisTime

    The Oil lose a tie game where they outshot the opponent, and where “given” (as in the opportunities where there to make it an even game but was chosen not to) less PP opportunities. I did not see Chia on the ice tonight so I am not sure how this loss is his fault. I am a huge Oiler fan but I sadly have to finally admit that although dedicated Oilers fans may actually some of the worst fans in the NHL. Yes I get that the majority of complainers, especially on this site are Trolls and not fans at all, but still. The Oilers have the youngest ‘core’ in the league and yes experience does play a factor and maybe a major one. I for one would like to see a change in the organization, and that change to be not to fire anyone and have some consistency from top to bottom for a couple more years. The constant overhaul has not worked so let’s try something different. So get a set people, this season sucked, it happens, move on. The Jets had a bad season last year as well but turned it around with the same players and staff. This is not the Tambo or MacT team. It is sad to have to say this in Jan but like a true fan, I believe they will be good next year. Ok you all can get back to the anger and hate, I do feel for you and hope you have other joy in you lives. *Final ON post, peace

    • Anthony Harmon

      Amen brother amen. Sad to see one of the few thoughtful, objective posters leave. What we have now unfortunately is what old fashioned discussion and debate has eroded into.

      • BringtheFire 2.0

        I post here sometimes. Keep an eye on what happens if I make more than one per day.

        As for the Oilers, regression is natural after the first playoffs in a long time. There are similarities between our two teams. I mean, if you make it next year you’ll be saying; “Two out of three years…” . Which isn’t bad, and what we’ve been saying.

        Chia has to go for organizational progress to be made, for sure, but I think the DOD is over.

        • Its not over until the architects of the DOD are dismissed outright, and that is not going to happen. The year is 2025, Keegan Lowe (GM) and head coach Dillon Simpson are confused, 27 # 1 picks and it still is not working. One says I will call my dad, he knows a thing or two about winning, the other says you don’t have to call him, he still works upstairs.

  • Anthony Harmon

    I wonder what we would say if the call had gone against the predators and not the oil. Would we hate it then? Off course not. Crickets on that issue is all we’d hear.

  • That's My Point

    Why did Nashville’s goal count last year when both feet were off the ice straddling the blueline? Why did Draisaitl get suspended last year for the exact same play that happened to Maroon last night? How can the refs not call penalties that are penalties? Can someone get video-clips of the HUNDREDS of non-calls when the Oilers play and send it to Bettman? This is TOTAL corruption. Why doesn’t the coach or GM or Gretz or Bob Nicholoson or someone call out the NHL for their BLATANT incompetence?

    • Anthony Harmon

      Then he can add it to the tapes the 30 other teams have sent in claiming the big conspiracy is against only them. It goes both ways, boys, not just ours.

    • Anthony Harmon

      Every other team in the league wonders why the NHL and its rest panders to the Oilers all the time. We need to look outside our own little bubble to see what reality is.

      • Panders to the Oilers? LOL. The Ducks can break virtually every rule in the book and never get called for it. Arizona also gets preferential treatment as does every other US based franchise. The ice is tilted by the officiating in virtually every game that involves a Canadian team. Ask the Flames how the Wideman effect had the officials screwing them over in subsequent games the following year.

        • Anthony Harmon

          I’m not saying I agree with it, my friend, all I’m saying is that I spend a lot of time listening to radio coverage of every other team and that’s the sentiment out there. That goes like exactly to my point that we have to live out some side our own bubble sometimes, as do the fans of every other team to see it’s not just us getting screwed, everyone’s on the same playing field.

        • That's My Point

          I remember when Hemsky was an Oiler, almost every game he’d be called offside when he wasn’t. (thanks to PVR’s and replaying it over then pausing) So if the linesmen are calling him offside because they think he’s too fast there is nothing that can be done with these blown calls. After the whistle you can’t say sorry you were right Hemmer we’ll give you a penalty shot now since it wasn’t offside and we blew it.