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GDB 47.0 Wrap Up: The streak continues, Oilers win 5-2

Welcome to the Puljujarvi show. Final Score: 5-2 Oilers

After a week of probable (alleged?) binge drinking and relaxation, I was expecting both of these teams to play a loose and sloppy game. I was expecting turnovers aplenty and more giveaways than a Christmas parade, with the team that made the fewest mistakes ending up with two points. As expected, it wasn’t the sharpest start to a hockey game that you’ll ever see but the Oilers did a good job of puck recovery once they lost it, something the Canucks weren’t quite able to match. That early advantage in time of possession gave Edmonton the opportunities and chances they needed to build up a two-goal lead.

Heading into the second period, the Oilers must have felt too comfortable with their lead or something because they let the wheels fall off in the first half of the frame. The Canucks came roaring back with a power play goal and added another on an odd man rush that was converted perfectly. Early on in the year, giving up an early lead would have meant certain disaster. Fortunately, the Oilers were able to stop the bleeding rather than laying down to die and the perseverance paid off. Edmonton bounced back with another go-ahead goal to take back a lead that they would not give up. Instead, they kept on the gas and pulled away for a big divisional win.

In the end, the Oilers beat a team that they should beat and collected two critical points that will keep their season on life support. With only two more games to play before the All-Star break, the Oilers have an opportunity to keep their head above water and make up some ground in the standings.

The wrap.

THE BRIGHT SIDE

  • Pat Maroon opened the scoring with an early first-period goal after he was able to put home a perfect cross-crease pass from Connor McDavid. He added an empty net goal for his 13th of the year to seal the deal for his team. Maroon finds himself on a three-game goal scoring streak after Todd McLellan reunited him with the captain in Nashville and he’s doing all the things that made us fall in love with him. With the trade deadline coming, he’s either upping his trade value or giving up more reason to miss him when he’s gone, depending on how you look at it. Great night for Patty.
  • Jujhar Khaira beat Markstrom upstairs with a beautiful backhand goal after Puljujarvi threaded a needle with the pass. From start to finish, this goal was pretty and the finish by Khaira was Rob Thomas smooth.
  • Jesse Puljujarvi had himself a hell of a game tonight, and I was pumped to see him get rewarded with a goal. The big man was all over the puck tonight and he was making plays basically any time he was on the ice, and he rode that hot streak to a three point night. Maybe there’s something to hitting the ODR on your vacation?
  • Leon Draisaitl smashed the fourth goal of the night on a beautiful two-on-one with Jesse Puljujarvi and Markstrom had absolutely no chance. Draisaitl’s line was rolling all night and it almost seemed like a matter of time before Leon was going to get in on the action.
  • I love watching Connor McDavid do the things that only he can do, and he had a lot more room to get those things done tonight against the Canucks. The captain was flying tonight and there was no better example than the assist he got on Pat Maroon’s first period marker. He beat his man with speed and found the Big Rig with a perfect, tape-to-tape pass.
  • Cam Talbot has had an up and down year and we haven’t seen him play at the levels he was at last season all that often. That said, he was great tonight. He was square to the shooter, kept his rebounds under control, and he made all the saves that you would expect your starter to make. Talbot was great for the Oilers tonight, stopping 25 of 27 shots for a .926 save%.
  • Adam Larsson played a team high 24:00 minutes and added an assist for what amounted to a fine night for the big Swede. Larsson was solid in his own end, he threw his body around, and made smart plays with the puck whenever it was on his stick.
  • Darnell Nurse keeps getting better and I’m excited to see where his ceiling is. Darryl played 23:46, had three shots on goal, was +4, and did a nice job of picking his spots to jump up into the play.
  • I really liked the Lucic-Draisaitl-Puljujarvi line tonight. That’s a lot of human being on one line and they were too much for the Canucks to handle.

THE FACE PALMERS

  • Zack Kassian got a shorthanded breakaway early in the second period but wasn’t able to beat Markstrom on the glove side. At the other end of the ice, Daniel Sedin scored a deflection goal from the slot to get the Canucks on the board and narrow the Oilers lead to only one goal. The black cloud continues to hang over the penalty kill at Rogers Place.
  • Brandon Sutter tied the game at two apiece after he was able to cash in on a perfectly executed two-on-one with Sven Baertschi.
  • Why oh why can’t the Oilers kill off a penalty at home? Coming into tonight’s game, they were a historically bad 55.4% at home despite doing well on the road with an 86.6% kill rate. How does that happen? In tonight’s game, the trend continued as the Oilers only managed to kill off 2/3 of the chances they faced. At least tonight’s 66% success rate brings their average up?
  • Not to be outdone, the Oilers went 0/3 on the power play as they apparently have no interest in scoring with the man advantage.
  • The bye week rust was evident at times and the NHL agreed as they listed the giveaways as 12 apiece. Sometimes you can play with fire and not get burned.
  • The Oilers were horrible in the faceoff circle tonight, winning only 35% of the draws they took. Missing Nuge already.

SCORING SUMMARY

1ST PERIOD

TIME TEAM DETAILS SCORE
01:25 Edmonton Patrick Maroon (12) ASST: Connor McDavid (38) 0-1
17:59 Edmonton Jujhar Khaira (8) ASST: Jesse Puljujarvi (4), Leon Draisaitl (26) 0-2

2ND PERIOD

TIME TEAM DETAILS SCORE
01:46 Vancouver PPG – Daniel Sedin (11) ASST: Alexander Edler (13), Brock Boeser (19) 1-2
08:56 Vancouver Brandon Sutter (4) ASST: Sven Baertschi (11), Christopher Tanev (6) 2-2
18:54 Edmonton Jesse Puljujarvi (9) ASST: Adam Larsson (3) 2-3

3RD PERIOD

TIME TEAM DETAILS SCORE
04:37 Edmonton Leon Draisaitl (12) ASST: Jesse Puljujarvi (5) 2-4
17:17 Edmonton EN – Patrick Maroon (13) 2-5

PAUL COFFEY IS COMING ABOARD

Today we heard that Paul Coffey would be coming back to the organization in some capacity or another. The news was confirmed during tonight’s broadcast where they revealed that there will be a press conference to announce the deal tomorrow. Apparently, Coffey will be some kind of skills coach which is a vague title to say the least.

#GOODCONTENT

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Source: NHL, Official Game Page, 01/20/2018 – 11:00pm MST

  • Oiler Al

    Wasn’t pretty, but a good win and it wasn’t even that bad to watch.I liked the secondary scoring. Puljujarvi had a coming out game.Hope he builds his play.
    Like Nurses rushes and also Larsson had a heck of a game.Klefbom,not so much.

  • slats-west

    Streakin and all because Dadbot is on. If isn’t .92 or .93 for the next 10-15 they do not have a chance. The save on the Cammelleiri give away on Brock was a game changer. Good on the Oil to play well after the break. Keep it going

  • CRONENBERG

    Is getting rid of Maroon a for sure thing? Some people make it seem like it is. If we need to drop some size for more skill then make it Lucic, or is that even possible? I don’t really get how the contracts work. We obviously have to retain some of the salary or no one would want him. But Maroon is doing everything Lucic was supposed to and doing it a hell of a lot better. Playing on McDavid’s wing, driving to the net, sticking up for the team after the whistle, fighting, scoring, Maroon has Lucic beat everywhere. And I know a guy that is good friends with a lot of the management, he says Maroon is well loved in the locker room and a strong voice, so that argument can’t even be made in Lucic’s favour either.

    • Definitely not a for sure thing, but I’m expecting him to be traded. Well… either him or Nuge. With Nurse (and Benning but he’ll be cheap) needing a new contract this summer is going to make things tight on the cap.

      • jultz=2cups!😂😂

        I’d resign him. One good game from puljujarvi doesn’t mean anything. Big rig brings it every night. Whether it’s a fight or physical play or burying sweet dishes from Mcdavid. Puljujarvi not so much. I’m not sold on the kid.

      • ScottV

        Agreed. It makes sense to move one or both, depending on the return – before next year, with the cap crunch.

        Nuge’s bounce back has been great and too bad about the injury, but I think he has shown enough, that there will be interest.

        I’ve said it all along as not to cherry pick on a good night, but !Drai has to be the 2c for the future. Only a moron would continue to waste that natural big man in the middle c man talent on the wing.

        McD and Drai will be the perfect one two punch down the middle.

        Both need direct experience in those rolls for development into seasoned high end vets.

        • MessyEH!

          I would rather Nuge at 6 million on the wing than Lucic. The extra million paid to each Russell, and Dr Drai are going to giant us for a few years. Not to mention BPs buyout.

    • Ted

      Maroon has been a rollercoaster this year not sure he remembered his role and seemed to take awhile to get up to game speed on the season. Now he seems to have found all those things and if traded he will be missed on the first line. That smile will surely be missed! Big Rig keep it rolling!

      • Kneedroptalbot

        Having to let Maroon walk on an expired contract and having to keep Lucic for 7yrs x 6M is highway robbery, and getting a “Go Straight to Jail Card” too.

  • Still Hate the Flames

    Critical points? God bless you, BM. Your optimism is much more palatable than, say, actually trying to accept that our season has come down to a 0.7% shot in the dark. And thanks to this win, that’s actually a 0.3% improvement! Now there’s something to get excited about. Keep fighting the good fight, my man, it ain’t easy writing about this team this year, I’m sure.

  • Still Hate the Flames

    @West thank you, I appreciate your attempt…I guess only 15 points out of the last possible 16 makes me feel…well kinda the same actually. I appreciate the effort tho!

  • If you are looking at playoff chances…there were some West vs East matchups where the Eastern teams could’ve helped but nooOOOoo they couldn’t get the job done.

    The Rangers couldn’t beat the Avs. The Bolts couldn’t beat the Wild.

    So Dallas, Colorado, San Jose and Minnesota all got points.

    And of course, we had to see a 3pt game between the Jets and Flames.

    Now I know the post season was a longshot, and the only saving grace was that fact that the Oilers schedule was West heavy. But that optimism was appropriate before the Christmas break after that winning streak.

    Since then, they’ve fallen to the point where they are no longer in control of their own destiny. They need to get all the wins they can get (a not very possible 0.72 winning percentage), but also hope that their Western rivals lose against Eastern teams.

    Hence, this post. So NO HELP TONIGHT.

    • Ted

      Still feel if get on a roll the schedule is heavy weighted for Feb and March with a possibility of 60 points on the table! 14 games in Feb and 16 games in March. If all the planets and we have a second half like Vegas had a first half this thing is far from over! Go Oil Go. Lastly the Pool Party is just beginning, this kid is awesome! Put the party on this kids shoulders and carry us into the Promised Land. He made a three point night look easy and was flying, had to check the number as I thought it was MCD at times! Everyone into the Pool!!

      • Your enthusiasm is admirable, Ted. But with this streak being built on wins against the Coyotes and Canucks, I’m not sure if it’s something that can be relied on as an indicator of future success.

        They have handfuls of games against Div rivals ahead in the standings. If anything is gonna happen it’s going to built on those wins.

        Also I think I’m the only Strome fan here, he’s been playing great during the last 4 games. The Strome/JJ/Cammalleri line has been pretty good at times.

      • Maple Mousse

        A bit, as he could have easily missed (though Puljujärvi would hopefully have been in a position to fix that). Puljujärvi was right there in the slot and I’m sure a pass would have been appreciated (I think it would uave been great for Puljujärvi), but sometimes when you see the opportunity you have to take it. We want Oilers to shoot more when they can, right?

      • ScottV

        Probably dont want to fool around trying to make a cross seam pass, with the defender – well positioned to maybe pick it off toward a counter attack.

        He did the right thing. Put it in the net and game over. Don’t play with fire.

      • West

        Gretzky would havr shot in that position. It was Maroon’s best option. Had the same thing said about another Oiler a couple years ago (selfish player, why didn’t he pass?), when the best option said player had was to score the goal.

      • Mitch92

        I try to make a point of never complaining about who or how an Oiler goal is scored. All Oiler goals are beautiful, especially when they cement a victory. Puljujarvi had the best game of his young career NHL career last night and I am sure he was happy for Patty to put that final nail in the coffin.

  • AlexTheOilersFanSince2006

    Great game by the team and im really glad they didnt show fatigue right out of the starting gate. That being said, what in the flying ;7.& was that delay of game penalty? How is THAT a penalty when that play is made EVERY game by EVERY team. Someone please explain that to me.

    Also JP and Connor were flying out there and we’ve won 3 strsight. Let’s make it 4 vs Buffalo and then give Calgary a friendly reminder who is 13-0 against them since last season.

    • ScottV

      I think the bigger issue is – McD and Drai both have to get on the track of being 1 and 2c, gaining the experience necessary to develop as seasoned vets in those roles.

      Anchoring their own lines and learning how to maximize offence, while not giving it all away – screwing up on the flip side of the game.

      They are both – not where it needs to be and the only way it’s gonna get there, is thru experience. Think Sidney Crosby and why he is still the best player in the world. The little big details are what is separating McD and Drai from closing the gap.

      With no disrespect at all toward Nuge, he is in the way. Like it or not the team has made a huge investment in McD and Drai and it’s time to put those guys where they need to be. McL seemingly will not test drive Nuge on the wing and maybe I can see why, but – regardless, Nuge could be a good 2c on a number of other teams. With his improved play, there may be real interest and real return available to the Oilers and perhaps the injury will be the catalyst toward making what needs to happen – sooner rather than later.

      If an unlimited salary cap – you probably have other options. But it is – what it is.

  • Disappointed

    Maroon is not coming back as he will want north of $4M and will get that on the opn market. Speaking of north, he also wants to be closer to St. Louis and his family, no direct flights here. Lets cheer him on for a goal a game pace and let the Oil enjoy a classic pump and dump, I predict a second round pick, but if he keeps this up maybe a first is in the cards.

  • RJ

    I’m disappointed in the post-game summary didn’t acknowledge that the #powerofthefist was brought into pre-game articles and the Oilers are now 3-0.

    #Respectthefist

  • Fire Woodcroft!

    O for 3 on the power play. Another bang-up job by Woodcroft.

    Lots of chances on the PP in the third period – okay. But the first two were Gord-awful and just ended up draining life out of the building.

    Seriously – how bad do the special teams have to be for the uggos in charge of them to be sent packing?….