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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.

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The wrap.

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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.
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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.
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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

#GOODCONTENT

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

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    • Garnett

      I swear the league would be forced to institute the “Oiler Rule”. Not allowing a team to tank to “retool or rebuild”.

      Teams that finish near the bottom and don’t give a damn about fighting their way out should be faced with financial penalties. Penalties that go directly to the owner. A “fee for first” if you will. You want to piss away your season and draft high because you lack the ability to actually develop a star in this league, you can pay a hefty fine.

        • Garnett

          I’m not suggesting the actual players are playing to loose. But the organization failing to address the issues that have been plaguing the team for 10 plus years, shows me that they’re not afraid to just put it in cruise control till the end of any given season. Players play to win. But when you play under an umbrella of disfunction and chaos, I don’t care how professional an athlete is, there is no way that player can give their best night in and night out. Being in a winning organization takes an incredible amount to selflessness, being able to look at every single person around you and wanting to win for others as much as for themselves. From the lowest man on the roster, right to the owner. that is so far from where this team is right now. From little clicks to disjointed decision making, this couldn’t be further form being focused and succes driven.

      • Serious Gord

        I have no doubt whatsoever that if the oil were to draw the golden ticket yet again the league would create a rule to prevent such a streak of “luck” from happening again.

  • 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.

  • AlexTheOilersFanSince2006

    CAM MY MAN!

    “There’s no consistency and I’m f*****g sick of it. It’s f*****g ridiculous. You can quote me, they can fine me, I don’t give a f*** anymore.”

  • 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.

  • Serious Gord

    I’m going to assume most readers were expecting the oil to finish with at least 100 points. They are on track for 72. Off 28% from expectations.

    And they are tied for 29th when the vast vast majority expected nothing less than 16th.

    And the power play and penalty kill are almost on a record setting pace for the worst ever.

    And now six losses in a row.

    I ask my reader this:

    How much worse does this team have to perform before someone is fired? Because I’m pretty sure I’m right in thinking that almost without exception everyone of of you would have done something much sooner than now.

    And yet, nothing.

    Why?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Rob19

    Something major has been going on internally with this team. Below Katz. Below PC. It’s in the room. Gotta be the case. Maybe Nurse speed bagged 29 like rumours suggest. Or something similar happened- that would make this team’s floundering make some sense.
    I’m frustrated like all of you on this site (asshat trolls aside)-
    I’m a bit superstitious so my request is go back to last years’ jersey (big blue stripe on orange was much better) and old ON site much better too- edits, easier to follow comments chronologically, etc.
    Don’t fix sh$t that ain’t broke already
    Damn

  • 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.

  • 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 [email protected] 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.

  • HardBoiledOil 1.0

    23-30. i swear this team isn’t happy unless they are losing! and Chia took a 103 point team from last year and made it worse! can’t do too much winning can we? think i’ll watch a team that at least surrounded their star player with some actual talent….the Leafs.

      • Explicit

        The oilers have sucked for 12 years. It’s not all on chia, although he has screwed up. But the entire organization sucks from the owner to the OBC. It’s really sad actually

        • crabman

          @Explicit, I agree that the team has sucked long before Chiarelli got here but at this point this is the roster he has put together. Only 6 players were here before him and he resigned 4 of them. The Only players on the Oilers roster not either resigned or brought in by Chiarelli are Nuge and Nurse. The Only thing left to blame on the past management is the lack of prospects on the farm but we are almost to the point where that’s on him too. this year or next year we should start seeing results from the 2015 draft after McDavid but he traded away too many picks.