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GDB 46.0 Wrap Up: Oilers start off the McBirthday celebration with a 3-2 OT win

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CONNOR! Final Score: 3-2 Oilers in OT

With tonight’s game being the last before the bye week, I was worried that the Oilers would be focusing more on the night out than the task at hand. Step one was to make it through the first five minutes without allowing a goal. With Vegas coming back from their own bye week, the Oilers were going up against a rested club that’s been re-writing the rules for what’s possible for an expansion team. Frankly, I was hoping that their bye week added some rust to their game because the Oilers can use all the help they can get. Unfortunately, my wishes of rust didn’t look good as the Golden Knights came out flying as the Oilers needed some time to settle in.

As the game went on, the Oilers kept finding ways to bend without breaking and traded enough punches to keep it close. Unlike the first few games of the road trip, they were able to weather any storms they faced without allowing a first period goal, a feat that hadn’t happened even once on this road trip. Not only that, the Oilers actually scored the first goal of the hockey game which gave them only their second lead in the last five games. Even when things weren’t going well, the Oilers were able to stick around. After Vegas took the lead late in the second period, the Oilers managed to stop the bleeding. That resiliency ended up paying off as Drake Caggiula was able to tie the game, setting up Darnell Nurse’s overtime heroics.

The wrap.


  • Pat Maroon opened the scoring for the Oilers as he got a friendly bounce after charging to the front of the net. Darnell Nurse was wheeling into Vegas’ end and threw the puck into the crease area where it banked in off Patty Maroon for his 11th goal of the season.
  • Drake Caggiula tied the game up at two goals apiece after he ripped a high wrister past Fleury. After Nuge went down, Caggiula got moved up with McDavid and made the most of the opportunity. Caggiula also added an assist on Nurse’s game winner for what amounted to a solid night for #91.
  • Connor McDavid got the 200th point of his young career on Drake Caggiula’s tying goal. Connor was flying all night and I think the Golden Knights are lucky he had only one point. Anyway, is there any better place to be for your 21st birthday than Las Vegas? Now that this game is in the books, you know the boys are headed out on the town to make some poor life choices and probably get ladder match bunged up.
  • Darnell Nurse is on fire as he scored the game winner in OT and finds himself with four goals over his last four games. Ol’ Darryl has been quite a story this season and I’m pumped to see if his ceiling can keep rising.
  • Cam Talbot got pulled again last night, and I was curious to see how he was going to bounce back. The Oilers had spotted their opponents a two-goal lead in every game of this road trip, and, needless to say, that is a trend that needs to stop. Talbot was rock solid and a major reason the Oilers head into the break on a two-game winning streak. Dadbot finished the night with 34 saves and a .944 save%.
  • The Oilers were really good on the penalty kill, killing off all six penalties they took. Why this can’t happen at home? Bizzare.
  • Shout out to the Oilers fans in Vegas for singing happy birthday to Connor McDavid at 9:07 of the first period. I knew it was coming so I was watching for it, and I was happy to hear that it came through on TV.
  • Just say no to beets.


  • Reilly Smith had all kinds of time in the defensive zone and the Oilers basically gave him the space he needed to walk in off the boards and score. Pretty weak defensive zone coverage by the Oilers on this one.
  • William Karlsson gave the Knights a lead with six seconds left in the second period after the Oilers got caught with some more sloppy zone coverage. Vegas moved the puck around the zone effectively, and the Oilers stood by and watched as they scored.
  • Nuge got hit midway through the second period and left the game with what looked like some kind of shoulder injury. Head maybe? Either way, the guy is having a great season and a long term injury would be a massive blow for the Oilers. McLellan said they hope that Nuge will be okay coming out of the break so I guess that’s all we can hope for. #PrayForNuge
  • For as good as the penalty kill was tonight the power play was equally bad. They finished the game at 0/3 and didn’t ever look all that dangerous.
  • Speaking of the power play, why doesn’t Darnell Nurse get a chance to play on the power play? He’s got a great shot, moves the puck well, and has played well enough to deserve a chance. What’s up with that?
  • The Oilers got absolutely killed in the faceoff circle, winning only 37% of the draws.
  • The vibe at T. Mobile Arena was rocking and it made me remember how much fun Rogers Place was during the playoffs. Looking at the standings now is just a bummer.



No Scoring


08:01 Edmonton Patrick Maroon (11) ASST: Darnell Nurse (12), Connor McDavid (36) 1-0
09:56 Vegas Reilly Smith (12) 1-1
19:53 Vegas William Karlsson (23) ASST: Jonathan Marchessault (25) 1-2


03:29 Edmonton Drake Caggiula (6) ASST: Patrick Maroon (13), Connor McDavid (37) 2-2


00:53 Edmonton Darnell Nurse (6) ASST: Drake Caggiula (5), Leon Draisaitl (25) 3-2


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Source: NHL, Official Game Page, 01/13/2018 – 9:00pm MST

      • D

        GK1980 – the Oilers will catch Anaheim and Colorado. Beyond that, miracle required. My comment was directed at those who complain about the Bettman Point, not about the Oilers’ current playoffs chances.

  • camdog

    Since Dec 1 penalty kill on road is 92%. They have given up 3 goals and scored 3. At home they have given up 13 on 27 for 52%. If you watch the games you can see that they play different.

  • AlexTheOilersFanSince2006

    My thoughts:

    1. I think the NHL rigged it so Vegas is good. Expansion draft rules AND the amount of penalties they got. Yes, some were legit, but others were horrendous.
    2. Its speaks volumes how good of a player McDavid is when he is recording his 200th NHL point LESS than 365 days after he got his 100th.
    3. Good rebound by Talbot
    4. Nurse is amazing. I knew he’d be a good d-man, and his development has come along nicely.
    5. Maroon and Caggiula had slow starts, but both finished nicely.

  • regw

    Good game to watch, Piss poor game to coach, MAN, that was tough. Full credit to the bench for coming through, specially in the 3rd. Some very difficult choices with an unrested player bench.BUT! the kids bought into the program. It is not to often I get to congratulate the Oilers on being able to “out coach the opposition“, but tonight, somehow, they did….

  • bazmagoo

    The more I see Nurse progress the more I think Klefbom will be traded at some stage. Even though Oscar has had an off season he’s still a valuable asset.

    • AlexTheOilersFanSince2006

      And even if Darnell keeps this up, why does Klefbom get traded. Our core consists of 5 or 6 players.


      Why would Klef be traded.

        • camdog

          The only time a no trade clause prevents a player from being moved is when that player has an awful contract and on the Oilers that player is Lucic.

          As the cap goes up over the next couple of years and those contracts wind down Sekera and Russell will be moveable. In 2019 – one more season Sekera’s contract turns into modified no trade clause he then can be traded to 16 teams in league. His salary also decreases. In 2019 much the same as Russell – he’ll have a 10 trade list. The entire Sekera and Russell contracts can’t be moved is entirely fabricated.

          • RJ

            If Nathan Horton can be traded, then it’s certainly possible that Sekera, Russell or Lucic even could be traded.

            The bigger question is whether the Oilers could win one of those trades. I don’t see a giant market for Russell out there. As the fourth best LHD, he’d be the one the team would want to move.

  • bazmagoo

    Haven’t been on for a while but just want to ask Oilersnation a question. Can anyone think of any reason why Matt Hendricks wasn’t resigned at $700k a season like he’s making in Winnipeg?

  • Anton CP

    It is always strange to me that McLellan did not use Nurse more often on offensive side of the game. With the season is pretty much over by April that he should give Nurse more chances on PP. What’s going to lose anyway?

  • AlexTheOilersFanSince2006

    Alright so it turns out, the gap from McDavid nabbing his 100th NHL point and his 200th NHL point wasnt as large as I originally though. McDavid notched his 100th NHL point by assisting on a Zack Kassian goal on January 17th 2017 against the Florida Panthers. 361 days later, he hits the 200th mark of his NHL career.

    Lord, imagine if he didnt get injured in his rookie season.

  • Ten Long Years

    Four Canadian teams are in bottom 10 for PP minute differential, one Canadian team in the top 10. Probably just a coincidence. Oilers have fourth worst (-21) by the way. Vegas 11th best at +8.

    I hear a lot about reffing bias against Canadian teams. The statistics somewhat support this as 4 of 7 Canadian teams in a 31 team league are among the 10 worst for PP differential. But could be an anomaly. As an Oiler fan of course it seems like the reffing is one sided many nights, but am I just biased or is there something to it?

    • OriginalPouzar


      Ever expansion team has paid a huge fee.

      The amount of the fee has gone up materially over time – as have hockey related revenues, inflation, cost of living, etc.

      Vegas is competitive due to how the expansion draft was set up – the league was express that they wanted Vegas to be competitive right away and they set up to the draft to make it so.

      A great (high end talented) goalie, some solid scoring and depth players and they have all bought in to the coach’s system.

      Its pretty clear that Galant is the head and shoulders favorite for the Jack Adams.

  • Rob...

    So Cogs involved yesterday with a hit to the head on a player who didn’t have the puck. Anything short of a 2 game suspension will prove the anti-Oilers bias by the league.

      • Crazy Pedestrian

        Nm… Doug Jarvis has the Ironman streak record nailed down and cemented over with 964 games…

        Cogs was 135 games away.

        How the hell was he so lucky/healthy not to have any injuries or sickness for over 10 frickin’ years!?!? And he played for the oilers for a few years! The shoulder injury capital of the NHL!

      • Rob...

        Sorry, is your argument that an iron man streak should factor into whether or not a player is suspended for a hit to the head of a player who never had the puck? I don’t recall hearing that as part of the ruling against Maroon: “In addition, Maroon has no ironman streak, therefore will serve a two game suspension, despite no history of this sort of offence.”

        • Crazy Pedestrian

          No, I was just baffled that he had to get suspended (which was more than warranted) to break his streak… I honestly can’t fathom how ANYONE could play that many consecutive games without even a minor injury in a contact sport. Unreal.

          • Rob...

            Maroon was suspended for a similar play with an identical description. Either the league proved that it has moved the yardstick in what is tolerated regarding head shots or it proved that it had bias against certain teams when it came to doling out punishments. I’m pleased, yet shocked, that they displayed the former.

    • Snoop Scottie Dogg

      Didn’t Drai get a game for spearing that guy in the nuts? The same thing that happened to Maroon. Why is the NHL so brutal. Don’t even get me started on all the penalties CMcD doesn’t draw.

  • Snoop Scottie Dogg

    The fact the Vegas is doing so well is proof to me the the NHL f’d up the expansion draft. Sorry but expansion team should suck for a couple of years. I hope to flames move to Seattle so they don’t get gifted a playoff team their first year.

  • MessyEH!

    That’s why we are fans. Short for Fanatics. a person exhibiting excessive enthusiasm and intense uncritical devotion toward some controversial matter. In this case the Oilers.

  • Prairiechicken

    I thought it was Lowe. Or Mac t. Er I mean dubnyk. Or scrivens. Or hall. Or Shultz. Oh wait. This year it’s strome

    Nope!!! All along it’s been the fans!!!!!! Seems so obvious now. Genious you are!!!.

  • Gravis82

    Fans need to wake up and demand change. It’s just a brand designed to make money, not something to be revered. You invest time and money, if they are making bad decisions, they need to be called on it