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GDB 57.0 Wrap Up: First shot goal ends up being the winner, Oilers lose 1-0

Make it six losses in a row. Final Score: 1-0 Coyotes

Seeing an Arizona Coyotes matinee doesn’t exactly inspire a lot of excitement these days, does it? I mean, who doesn’t love watching two lottery teams go at it while the rest of the league continues on with their playoff race? For the Oilers and Coyotes, this game was virtually meaningless apart from jockeying for draft lottery position and Connor McDavid’s pursuit of a second straight Art Ross Trophy. For Oilers fans, games like this give you an acceptable excuse to start day drinking. As much as it hurts to say it, the season is over despite the remaining games on the calendar and all we have left is to look forward to the draft and trying for silver linings in a season full of black clouds and disappointment.

Despite our thoughts and prayers, the Oilers found themselves down by a goal almost immediately after the opening faceoff after they allowed yet another goal on the first shot of the game. For some reason, the Oilers love nothing more than spotting their opponent an early lead and they also love to get it out of the way as quickly as possible. Being extremely generous is the only explanation that makes sense as to why this keeps happening. With that first goal out of the way, Cam Talbot actually went on to be the best Oiler of the afternoon and the fact that they lost again shouldn’t fall on goaltending. Had it not been for him, this game would have been done, wrapped in a bow, and under the tree long before the first period was over. The fact that they were in it until the end is Talbot’s doing, but that doesn’t matter in the end. The first-shot gift win happened anyway because the Oilers hung another goose egg on the scoreboard, and it’s really tough to win when you don’t score any goals. Gotta love those coach’s challenges.

See you tomorrow.

The wrap.

THE BRIGHT SIDE

  • Season high, six game loss! Wait, that’s bad.
  • It goes without saying at this point, but Cam Talbot needed to be better if the Oilers had any chance of winning the hockey game. When these teams last met, Talbot allowed two early goals which ended his night before the game was even five minutes old. This time around, Talbot allowed a goal on the first shot of the game, though he didn’t really have much chance on the play. From there, Dadbot was rock solid and he single-handedly kept the Oilers in the game for longer than they probably deserved. He finished the day with
  • It was really good to see Adam Larsson back on the ice for the Edmonton Oilers in today’s game. He’s dealing with some personal hell right now, and it was good to have him back playing hockey and keeping his mind busy. Welcome back, Adam.
  • As they have all season, the Oilers did another fine job in the faceoff circle tonight, winning 52% of the draws. Good thing it mattered.
  • The Oilers killed off all four penalties they faced tonight, making the home vs away PK stats even more strange.
  • The Oilers got 40 shots on net. Normally, that’s a good thing.

THE FACE PALMERS

  • For the 11th time this season, the Oilers allowed a goal on the first shot of the game. ELEVEN. TIMES. Christian Dvorak opened the scoring for the Coyotes after deflecting an Oliver Ekman-Larsson point shot past Talbot. Happy day.
  • This was a sloppy game for the Oilers. They had a hard time breaking out of their zone, their passes rarely connected, and everyone was either a step too fast or a step too slow in getting pretty much anywhere. The boys weren’t on the same page today and it show in all three zones on the ice.
  • Make it 21 games without a goal for Milan Lucic. He needs some kind of emergency exorcism or something. Is that a thing? It should be.
  • No shots on goal for Leon Draisaitl today and actually that first line was quiet for most of the game.
  • How’d the special teams do? Fine, power play excluded.
    • PP: 0/2 with not a whole lot going on.
  • Add another challenge that went against the Oilers to make them 0-18 in the last year+ as Pat Maroon’s tying goal was called back for goaltender interference.
  • What is a penalty anymore? Both sides had some really weird calls go their way and the refereeing is a strange trainwreck to watch.
  • Jujhar Khaira is having a great season but I really wish the Oilers wouldn’t try to put too much on his shoulders so fast. He was playing at 2C today and that’s too many minutes for a guy that isn’t ready for it yet. Why must they insist on making guys fight above their weight class so soon into their career?
  • I wish people would stop talking about how the Oilers lead the league in hits as though it’s a good thing. Remember, you can only hit someone when you don’t have the puck. It’s all good to play physical, but if you’re leading the league in hits then it may suggest that you have other problems… which we do.
  • The beet goes on with my horrible #BeetCast. Thanks to a poor effort and the Arizona Coyotes, I will be powering through my 26th can of beets of the season. As always, you can follow along and join in over on my Twitter.

SCORING SUMMARY

1ST PERIOD

TIME TEAM DETAILS SCORE
03:26 Arizona Christian Dvorak (10) ASST: Oliver Ekman-Larsson (21), Christian Fischer (15) 0-1

2ND PERIOD

TIME TEAM DETAILS SCORE
No Scoring

3RD PERIOD

TIME TEAM DETAILS SCORE
No Scoring

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Source: NHL, Official Game Page, 02/17/2018 – 4:30pm MST

  • Soontobejetsfan

    Long suffering fan, first time poster.
    The name says it all, how much more can a guy take. The dysfunction and nepotism from top to bottom is astounding. Pete and Todd should be shown the door immediately…..but they won’t, because Oilers.

  • Oilman99

    Oilers looked like a bunch of guys waiting for the hammer to drop. Apart from several spurts from McD, everybody was just going through the motions except for Talbot, the bleeding continues.

  • Heschultzhescores

    I feel for the number 1, 2 and 3 young draft prospects. They have to he thinking…Please, not the Oilers! Knowing our scouts they probably will pick a second rounder.

  • Petrolero

    This team has lost 15 of their last 21. Let that sink in. This disaster is right down there with the worst of the DOD. This is the kind of bull that should cost several people their jobs specially when u have a mcdavid and a draisaitl

    • Soontobejetsfan

      But it won’t because only in Oilerville does this wretched tire fire not cost anyone their job. It’s a culture of losing that runs so deep it’s almost irreparable.

      • Big Nuggets

        Its true, worst PP and PK in the league should be enough to make heads roll. Also unless Chia has a viable solution to the cap crunch he has put us in he needs to go too. To say nothibg of his trade record and awful pro scouting.

        • Randaman

          I’m in favor of having Nuge as our number two Center and moving Draisaitl for two scoring wingers or a STUD D but can we trust PC to get that type of return? I doubt it but that would help with the cap crunch somewhat.

  • Soontobejetsfan

    Look at the upcoming schedule, at Col, home to Boston and Col, then back to the meat grinder that is Cali, they could easily run this streak into double digits.

  • RIP

    The real question here is how can an Oilers fan ever make fun of another club again, at least in the next 10 years. Seriously, wouldn’t it be embarrassing? Oilers fan’s going through hell every night, losing games they should be winning, playing players in bigger roles than hey are ready for, losing trades steady, and getting into cap trouble way sooner than they should have. What a joke. This club is a disgrace to the Canadian teams. Wake up already.

  • Connor McFly

    When asked about the 18-0 calls from Toronto our captain stood there with a blank look on his face and refused to comment. Not only is he playing a heartless game these days he is not made of captain material. Making an 18-@19year old kid captain is a typical Oiler move. Sam Gagner was on the After Hours Show from Van tonight and the Oil ruined Gagner by throwing him into the fire at 18 and his career has never really taken off. Nothing changes in E-town. Go to the top and start firing the old has-beens like Lowe/Mact and all the other hangers-on. This organization sux!

    • Big Nuggets

      I persoanally would have kept Hendricks around one more season and made him captain. regardless if his skill he is a leader and as management I would have stressed that the team will be about hard work and accountability. McDavid is still a good captain I think and will have success, but it is about the culture of the team as to why I would have chosen Hendy. Talbot will already get fined for his comments, no real need for McDavid to get fined as well. After his new conrmtract kicks in he can be more vocal with criticisms.

    • Fire Woodcroft!

      No way is it McDavids job to take the fine and criticize the refs. Its already open season for any teams trying to defend against him – and everyone knows it. If some of these hacks form a grudge against him on top of that then how bad will it get?

      It’s our gutless management that should be ponying up and calling attention to the tilted ice surface. McLellan, Chiarelli, Nicholson and Katz should all be screaming about this crap at the top of their lungs.

      No wonder the boys are skating around like they’ve got no heart … none of their supposed ‘management’ team has their backs.

  • Jan 20 we played the nucks and won 5-2. The reason I remember this game is the way we played this night. Heavy on the boards, the whole team was engaged and we dominated. The next game we lose 5-0 to the sabres. Maybe the worst effort of the year

    What I am getting at is this team is better than the team we see night in and night out . This losing streak couldn’t come at a worse time. The trade deadline is coming and the value of our players is low as ever.

    I would like to see a coaching change in the offseason as good efforts have been followed by horrible games and I believe that is coaching. I would like to see some Condors up for an opportunity to see them in regular season game. Sit Lucic, we have him for another 5 years, and unfortunately he is not going anywhere. Let’s try something new and make players accountable.

  • RJ

    I really don’t care anymore.

    It’s at the point where every move or non-move is pretty much guaranteed to be the wrong one when Chia makes it.

    I saw the point made on the LT site so I looked it up. Turns out Desharnais signed for $1m this season. He has more points than Strome in less games.

    They could have signed Desharnais, traded Eberle for picks and prospects and still come out ahead.

  • Dakota

    Chiarelli has to somehow aquire depth (a couple of lock 50 point wingers) with next to no desireable assets. A steady top 4 dman wouldn’t hurt either but one thing at a time. We can’t afford to wait and see if an entire roster will have career years like last year. I have faith Talbot can bounce back, he hasnt had much help this year, but I have zero faith in PC getting this done. I was as optimistic as could be when PC was hired. A Stanley cup winning GM after the tenures that we’ve seen, it all seemed to good to be true. Quite frankly, it might have been. Lowe GM’d a team to within 1 game of a cup win because of a Pronger addition, a couple nice deadline deals, and a hot goalie.

    The fact is, this team is talent starved outside of the top line and Chiarelli has already cleaned out our assests nicely. I think PC bought himself more time with last years playoff appearance (which had more to do with players staying healthy and having career years than anything he has done). He’s done more harm than good and in any results driven business ive ever been apart of, that means you lose your job.

    Give someone else a chance to build a team around McDavid. Nothing PC has done is unique or impressive. Maybe I’m wrong…. but I’m worried i’m not.