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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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  • 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.

    • 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.

    • Clayton

      That call was consistent with all the other goaltender interference reviews. Cheap call…but consistent. The Oilers are not getting screwed by the refs or the league. The reffing is consistent…consistently bad for all teams!

      • CMG30

        Except the record of now 18 goal reviews take place on both sides of the rink. That means for 18 reviews in a row, all goals scored by the Oil are overturned and all goals scored by opponents are upheld. If it’s goaltender interference then fine but when the same thing is happening in our end, those goals need to be disallowed too.

  • DOD BEGINS AGAIN

    Just another morale victory. Patience. For the love of gord. Patience. On another note. I have never seen so much interference in the game of hockey. In what world.. should a player that is driving for a loose puck be allowed to be hit when the puck is not even near this player. I counted 31 times where a player was hit while driving toward a loose puck allowing the opposing player to pick up the loose puck. I am at a loss as to what interference is, and I am also at a loss as to how the refs continually get in the way of clearing attempts and behind the net passes. So tired of the NHL in general. The Oilers are a hot mess for sure but I think the nhl as a league is in worse shape than the Oilers

    • RIP

      You have no clue what you are talking about. If you think the refs are calling against the Oilers you should go smoke another joint. Clearly you have never played any sort of competitive hockey. Counting made up interference calls, thats hilarious!

      • DOD BEGINS AGAIN

        RIP. Clearly it is you who is a big ass fat dork. Where here did I say anything about the refs calling against the OIL? Your nothing but a fat pos with a big fuggin keyboard. You have no idea of what level hockey I played. It is clearly you who have never played the game and have no idea what real interference is so let me help you with this. Cause Gord knows you need all the help you can get. Speaking of smoking joints and being an alcoholic you should get help for that. Anyway, when a puck is flipped into an opposing end on a dump and chase play, no player is allowed to slow an opposing player from retrieving said puck. Period. This is in the rule book you fuggin clown. Any player who is slowed in any form from retrieving loose pucks is a two minute penalty by every book every handed to every ref in every level of hockey. It is called interference. Are you even Canadian? Real Canadians know this.

  • Ted

    Best part was seeing the first shot goal …. (Actual Best Part) Napping for through the game only to wake to see Deadbot getting second star! Good Gord how does this make any sense?! Keep up the great first shot blunders as the stars seem to be aligning for your failures Deadbot! At a boy!!

  • Heschultzhescores

    I’m sitting, popcorn in hand, with eyes wide open, and great expectations…How Low can they truly go? They simply amaze me at finding new bottoms that seem to normal NHL team, impossible!

  • Heschultzhescores

    We need to dump ALL the quitters now. Who cares if they go perform better somewhere else, they aren’t performing here and are clearly heartless and only play when things are going well. Who needs that?

  • KMA

    Wow, this thing just goes on and on. There are no words left. I sincerely hope the Oil brass man up and have the balls to admit their failure at the end of the season. Wait sorry, I must be tripping again.

  • AlexTheOilersFanSince2006

    1. Good to see my Larsson tweet made it here.
    2. I could whine and moan about the GI challenge, but why bother. 0-18 is insane though.
    3. Honestly, from the way Edmonton played for the majority of this game (Talbot aside), they didn’t deserve the win.
    4. Good on Talbot for having a solid game. First goal can’t really be blamed on him and he was great throughout this. Guess that’s worthy of him being traded eh ON?

  • 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.”

  • camdog

    I think leading league in hits does need to be discussed more, it’s not only a flaw with the team but also on the coaches. There are a number of forwards on this team that get minutes based on how much they hit. – Cagguila. Pouliot and Eberle were beaten up last year by the coaches because they didn’t hit enough. The coaching of this team is terrible and it’s not just special teams.

  • Big Jacks Meat

    You know, someone needs to pay the price for this gong show. I don’t care if its anyone below Connor , and hey , chia pet , you are bellow him and you know it.
    A statement needs to be done now. enough of this piss show.

    and NHL. You are perhaps , no you are , the worst pro sports league, and I watch them all. keep using those I-PADS . What a joke. you get no more of my heart and soul or more importantly. $$$ Suck it Bettman you puppet.

    1-0 , challenges because a goalie got “burned” are you kidding me ?
    Curling has more intrigue to me now. NHL– GO TO H–l.

  • Opi

    Seriously, think about the lineup Chia could have iced if he had only managed to stay out of his own way …

    Maroon … McD … German Dude
    Hall … Hyphen … Tkachuk
    Cammy … Barzol … Ebs14
    Sleepyshev … Letestu … Caggs

    Klef/Benning
    Sekera/Nurse
    Davidson/Gryba

    Talbot/Insert Name

  • Oiler Al

    Whats the big deal? A 28th place team lost to the 31 st place team, by 1 goal.
    Thats the only comparison one can make at this stage of season.There s not much else left to say! SAD!

  • 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

  • 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?

  • Bobnett

    So you are down by 1, let’s put out an awesome second PP line. Lucic, Maroon and Camalleri. Someone needs to check the bus for guys sleeping, I don’t think McDavid made in for the game. Might have heard his name twice!

    • Heschultzhescores

      It’s got to tiring for McDavid carrying a team on his back for an entire season. Could it be jealousy over his giant contract. Like “go ahead superstar, we’ll watch!”