GDB 11.0 Wrap Up: A special teams disaster, Oilers give up lead(s) and lose 4-3 to Minnesota

Giving up three separate leads and losing without even a point is tough to take. Final Score: 4-3 Wild

I know that Jacques Lemaire hasn’t coached the Minnesota Wild since 2009 but I still can’t help but think of them as the horribly boring team that plays the trap and drains my soul of its will to live. Every time I see the Wild coming up on the schedule I feel the need to hook caffeine straight into my veins to make sure I’m able to stay awake for 60 minutes. Again, I know Lemaire hasn’t been coaching there for a long time now, but I feel as though his essence lives on and for that reason, we’re all cursed to be bored every time these two teams meet. Thankfully, the spirit of Lemaire was nowhere to be found tonight as both teams traded chances and played an overall style that would probably make him roll in his grave.* Though, the death lock the Wild put on when they finally took the lead probably would have made him proud.

Despite playing last night in Vancouver and getting dusted off handily, the Wild came out with energy and tenacity against the Oilers, which was exactly what they needed to keep themselves in the game even though they were heavily outshot. But, to the dismay of everyone reading this right now, there were some major and obvious differences that ended up being derailing what should have been a stellar evening. Our boys manufactured all kinds of pressure and chances through the first 40 minutes, and the Wild should be grateful that Stalock kept the score as low as it was. The Oilers had more than enough going for them offensively to turn this thing into a win but they just couldn’t finish. On the flip side, I’m sure even Cam Talbot will admit that he needs to be far better and give his team more saves than he did tonight, though they didn’t exactly do themselves any favours with their soul-draining special teams play.

After being so good on both the power play and penalty kill throughout their three-game win streak and even the games leading up to it, the Oilers lost this game because of their total lack of execution at 5-on-4 and the lack of a big save when they needed it. As much as the Oilers probably played well enough to win, it was the details like special teams that made them successful over this past week that were missed and badly. There were definitely things to like about tonight’s game, several in fact, but not nearly enough that anyone will be walking away happy. Back to the drawing board boys, we’ll see you on Thursday.

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The wrap.

*Jacques Lemaire is very much alive

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  • How about Leon Draisaitl’s goal? The big man was in the perfect place to smash home a one-timed snapshot from the slot (left side, of course) but the diving pass over from Nuge that made it happen was ridiculous. You’re going to see that one on the highlights tonight. Back to Draisaitl, the guy is on fire as he extended his point streak to three games.
  • Connor McDavid has a turbo button and I don’t believe anyone who says otherwise. His goal tonight was ridiculous and he turnstiled Ryan Suter like he was some kind of plug. What a gift he is and we should remember it every single day.
  • Alex Chia’s son hadn’t scored in a few games and I was starting to worry that he might have forgotten that he is, in fact, the answer. Now I just feel silly. Yuge goal by Chiasson to restore the Oilers lead near the end of the second period.
  • Say what you will about me fanboying but I like way Nuge played again tonight. From the assist on Draisaitl’s goal to the overall calmness in his game, our boy is evolving right before our eyes and it’s glorious to watch.
  • The Oilers looked really good at five on five tonight which makes this loss even more annoying. The storyline has been the lack of even-strength scoring and when they finally get it it’s the special teams that let them down. Sports!
  • Oilers were better in the faceoff circle tonight, winning 53% of the draws they took.
  • Why not wind down your week with the ninth episode of Oilersnation Radio? The podcast is now available on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, SoundCloud, Google Play, YouTube and wherever else you want to listen.
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  • Three. Seperate. Leads.
  • Zach Parise got the Wild on the board and tied the game up after Matt Dumba’s point shot rebounded right to his stick and into the net. Right place, right time, in the net.
  • Jared Spurgeon wandered into the slot with some space and Eric Staal found him on the tape, leaving a tap-in for the second Wild goal of the night.
  • Eric Staal tied the game up at three apiece after deflecting a Ryan Suter point shot past Talbot and into the net. It was the second Wild power play goal of the night with the added annoyance of happening right before the second period buzzer.
  • Markus Granlund gave the Wild their first lead of the game with their third consecutive powerplay goal. To his credit, Granlund’s goal was a snipe but this was an absolutely horrific night for the Oilers’ PK. Caggiula’s penalty leading up to this goal is going to be a major topic on sports radio tomorrow.
  • I do not understand Todd McLellan throwing Caggiula on the first line in place of Yamamoto to end the game. I know Drake has been ‘trying real hard like,’ but that shouldn’t be enough to slot him there.
  • Tonight was not Cam Talbot’s night and it’s not even like the Oilers desperately needed it to be. That said, I wouldn’t hang all four goals on Dadbot either, there were plenty of gaffs in front of him that could have prevented things altogether, but I think we can all agree he would want to be infinitely better than what we saw from him tonight. Talbot finished the night with 24 saves and a .857 save%.
  • We might need to do some kind of sacrifice to get Ryan Strome a point.
  • I think Lucic has been playing well so far this season, I really do, but I can’t be the only one that’s noticed his turnovers with the puck, right? Anybody?
  • To say that the Oilers had a bad night on the penalty kill would be like saying water is wet but it is literally impossible for them to have done worse. Giving up three goals on three Minnesota chances after allowing only a single PP goal at home so far this season is mind melting. Disastrous night.
  • Not to be outdone, the power play went 0/5 on the night, though Draisaitl’s goal happened only seconds after a power play had expired. Still, the Oilers needed their special teams to produce and it didn’t happen which ended up being the difference.
  • I was having such a nice run of being able to drink beers instead of eating beets. Dammit it all to hell. As always, you can follow along over on my Twitter account.
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08:11 Edmonton Leon Draisaitl (7) ASST: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (10), Oscar Klefbom (5) 0-1
14:08 Minnesota PPG – Zach Parise (4) ASST: Matt Dumba (3), Nino Niederreiter (4) 1-1


04:10 Edmonton Connor McDavid (9) ASST: Kris Russell (4) 1-2
12:18 Minnesota Jared Spurgeon (2) ASST: Eric Staal (5), Nino Niederreiter (5) 2-2
13:11 Edmonton Alex Chiasson (4) ASST: Matt Benning (1), Leon Draisaitl (6) 2-3
18:20 Minnesota PPG – Eric Staal (4) ASST: Ryan Suter (8), Mikael Granlund (6) 3-3


14:12 Minnesota PPG – Mikael Granlund (6) ASST: Eric Staal (6), Ryan Suter (9) 4-3


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You’ve spent the last week pining away for a new episode of the Real Life Podcast and the wait is finally over! This week, the boys are bursting with excitement as the Oilers find themselves near the top of the Pacific Division standings for the first time in a while and they just can’t hold it in.

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Source: NHL, Official Game Page, 10/30/2018 – 10:45 pm MT

  • RexHolez

    “Say what you will about me fanboying but I like way Nuge played again tonight. From the assist on Draisaitl’s goal to the overall calmness in his game, our boy is evolving right before our eyes and it’s glorious to watch.”
    This is his 8th year in the nhl. He’s not evolving into anything, he is what he is. A 40-50pt forward. He’s a wicked hockey player, but he’s more overrated in Edmonton than Nylander is in Toronto

  • 18% body fat

    so they wont okay JP a spot in the line because they are winning, yet when they were up in the game tonight, and they looked stagnant they put CAGULLIA there, and then they lose the game, where he was directly or indirectly the reason for 3 goals against.

    This coach needs to realize this player is a fourth line player. JFC the caggulia experiment is going to cost us 3 mcdavid years.

      • the dope $teez

        Yup, nurse skates the puck put out of zone, promptly gives it away at the minny blue line cuing a 2 on 1 back the other way, and later in the shift takes a penalty trying to recover position.

        We can draft for ‘raw talent’ and ‘grit’ until the cows come home but brains always win in the NHL today, look at yakupov and Puljujarvi.

  • RexHolez

    They are who we thought they were… an average team that can either be slightly below or slightly above average. Year 4 of mcdavid and look at the lineup. Terribly run organization…. no more no less

    • A-co

      Way too many holes on this team… it’s wasting good years of the best player in the nhl…organization is a mess…they have a $10 million + 3rd line..HA HA..they have 1 good defensive pair HA HA… and questionable goaltending HA HA… man I hate winter in these parts…signed Why Am I a Fan

      • RexHolez

        I honestly believe that the fact it’s Edmonton is the reason why we’ve been forever terrible. Name me one other franchise that would sell out so many games during such a pathetic stretch of hockey? Any other owner in any other market would’ve made drastic changes in the management group by now. I’m not talking about chiarelli! They just keep feeding us crap about patience and the building keeps getting sold out. I’m actually becoming an anti Oiler fan. I feel sorry for Connor

  • Señor Frijoles

    Lucic cannot be on the powerplay. Sooooo many plays die on his stick, it’s unbelievable. Lucic is good at the parts of the game he’s good at, but holy damn he’s got cement hands.

  • Heschultzhescores

    The Oilers looked like a bunch of pumpkins sitting around in the pumpkin patch watching McD, The Great Pumpkin! Only Charlie Brown would have been happy with this performance.

  • Bills Bills

    This entire game shows perfectly the difference between a team with good special teams and bad special teams. The Oilers have been for the last two seasons and beginning of this season, a decent 5X5 team. The difference special teams makes through the course of the season is massive. The difference from drafting top 10 to finishing top 10. At least for this team. If they can somehow figure out the Jekyll and Hyde special teams, they could have a good season

    • TrueOrangeBlue

      absolutely, the powerplay although they had “their looks” its horrendous. of course a shot with the man advantage will look as if it may go in. only reason the stats are saying they have a decent PP is because mcdavid will make something happen off the rush full strength nvm a man advantage. if you looked at the percentage when they are actually set up in the zone its trash. so predictable. every other good team i see on highlights swaps positions and keeps the Pk guessing.

    • TrueOrangeBlue

      also take looch off that first unit. i knew hed look better on the third line just like i know someone else will look better on that first PP unit. he does what he needs to, it makes me sick that they justify where he plays because of what he makes. when did it become about a guy has to play ona certain line because of his salary? if hes more effective on the third line then isnt about the performance of the team?

  • TrueOrangeBlue

    is his name not mikhail granlund? and has nobody else noticed this guy burys everytime he plays us.. seems to always be those certain players who are on a mission when they play us…

  • TrueOrangeBlue

    really boggles my mind when people say +/- stat is irrelavent. for defense particularly, unless its an empty netter. just know you could of been better.

  • RexHolez

    “Connor McDavid has a turbo button and I don’t believe anyone who says otherwise. His goal tonight was ridiculous and he turnstiled Ryan Suter like he was some kind of plug. What a gift he is and we should remember it every single day.”

    If you love someone you should set them free! I hate watching the oilers ruin his career! It’s the saddest thing I’ve ever seen

  • Jaxon

    I think the problem with Lucic this season is that he thinks he is better than he actually is. Or he thinks that playing further down the lineup against lesser competition makes it possible for him to carry the puck. He kept carrying the puck too long last night. He’d carry it right into traffic and lose it. He’s not a puck carrier. He never was. Never will be.

    • n(Ice)

      He’s generally been good on the third, and I like his energy this year. I think with Yamo on the third line, they might generate some offence. But L is awful on the power play and Klefbom spends too much time before he shoots. Bring up Ethan Bear. Jesse to Bakersfield, Evan to juniors, and pray for the return of Rattie soon. Also Chiasson on power play in L.’s spot.

  • “Every time I see the Wild coming up on the schedule I feel the need to hook caffeine straight into my veins to make sure I’m able to stay awake for 60 minutes.”

    That paragraph is EXACTLY how I’ve always felt about the Wild. Very well written.

    No matter who coaches: Lemaire, Yeo, Boudreau, I can’t stand how unwild the Wild are. BORING HOCKEY!

  • The future never comes

    Team was very mediocre today. Took their foot off the gas collectively. Most of these guys are playing pretty decent but at some point guys like Strome, Reider, Lucic, Khaira, and Brodz need to sink one. Effort aside, goals need to be produced. Time to bring Jesse back for a game and place him on that top line after his four game grounding. Yams the golden boy, take a seat for a game or two.

  • Dallas Eakins Hair

    Bad penalties and I didnt see much energy from the Oilers, minnesota played the night before and seemed tired in the first and second but more zip then the Oilers the whole game. Sorry this is a game the Oilers could have had but they didnt look very good , and the Pk was brutal, no pressure from the Oil just let the Wild have too much time with the puck and move it about no problem, this is one the Oil deserved to lose, they just didnt show up ready to play

    Garrison and Benning, man they just were out in la la land, those two need better communication and the Oilers sitting back no active stick and no pressure on the PK is brutal, it’s like they are playing statues.

    THis is a game where the Oilers dseem very lacidiasal, maybe they thought the Wild would be easy to play against because they were tired, and it looked that way, the Wild looked tired the first two periods, but the Oilers looked sluggish throughout, and we saw a lot of that last year.

    Minnesota goes into trap mode a lot and the Oilers didnt seem to know how to get around that, too many times they tried to get thru a plugged up neutral zone by skating it thru, no chipping it off the boards, and the wild just kept getting them to turn it over. The refs were brutal, a lot of missed call and bad calls, but the Oilers PP and PK did nothing to help bail them out it just seemed like the Oilers had no plan B on the PP and PK if things werent working

    I really hope the next game they play a full 60 because we dont need bad habits creeping back in that totalled us last season

  • Arfguy

    Special teams and Talbot cost this game. I will not hold Talbot accountable for 2 of the 4 goals, but the game-winning goal…you can’t give that one up. He needed to stay on his feet. He made some key and good saves, but that last one is a back-breaker.

    A listless power play and awful penalty kills. Regarding the PP (and this will sound like a shot towards a couple of players), Klefbom and Lucic on the 1st unit PP is not doing it for me. I have not seen a defenceman bobble the puck this many times during the PP with very little pressure. I would try any one of Nurse, Russell or Benning on the PP at this point. I am loving that Klefbom is playing a lot of minutes and he has looked pretty good defensively. Klefbom and Larsson should be seen as the shutdown defensive duo right now. On the PP? I don’t think it should be automatically given to Klef anymore.

    Lucic? He’s been doing pretty good, IMO, in almost every aspect, but the PP. Please take him off the PP. I know this is going to make me sound like a bandwagon jumper, but I have seen Chiasson score 4 goals thus far the way I think Lucic should be scoring and they were all even strength. Let’s give Chiasson some PP opportunity in Lucic’s place.

    I don’t even know what to say about the PK, because the Wild were 3 for 3 on the PP. Just plain awful.

    This was a stinker of a game, despite the fact that Edmonton scored 3 goals. Just makes me want to throw my hands in the air in frustration.

  • Connor McJesus

    I want to give the team the benefit of doubt since we’re still doing relatively well but the team’s (coach’s?) stubbornness to adapt to what does and doesn’t work is really disappointing. The PP went:

    1/7 in Nashville
    0/2 in Chicago
    0/5 tonight for a sad 7.1% in the last 3 games. Maybe instead of stacking the top unit, they should spread out the offence, I personally think it’s wiser.

  • slats-west

    This is an easy game to critique really.

    1. PK your best player needs to be your goalie – he wasn’t – and right now he’s 50-50back there on PK and that’s not good enough. He saves one and your into OT where McRockets would burn the Wild – Game over.

    2. On PP. A couple of posts, one through the five hole and McDavid misses one in tight on the PP. You only needed one and then off to OT. I would try Chiasson out front on PP#1 he’s got a hot hand. He’s a big load who can tip pucks and you have to someone in the eyes of tender – not standing side ways like LUCIC is. Put LUC on second unit and see if that works.
    3. Pressure the puck on PK – last goal he walked in from hash marks untouched. Brutal.

    We will be better next game. Don’t panic.

    • KootenayHT

      Agree with all said. Nurse was backing up practically into Talbot. You can’t give a guy that much time and space…he might as well have been firing at foam targets in a skills competition. The second goal against was terrible too. Unfortunately for me that’s when I tuned into the game and missed the first 2 goals. Hopefully they can get this special teams problem solved because that was hard to watch, both the PP and PK. Onto the next game.

  • Freddie the fog

    This team isn’t good enough yet to bleed points because of less than average goaltending. Let’s roll with the big Finn, call up Monty and ( cringe) wait for Chia to make a deal. Talbot is playing himself out of a lucrative contract next year. He HAS to have at least one of those Minny goals last night, has to.

  • Abagofpucks

    All i’m going to say is there was a lot of thoughtless passing going on, which killed are momentum. And yes Talbot should have made a couple more save’s, but i guess they aren’t a perfect team and these things will happen. I just hope they don’t fall into a hole and start a losing streak,
    let us prey…….. Amen.

    • KootenayHT

      Ok, so the special teams were horrible and the goaltending suspect last night. We gave up the lead 3 times and lost a close game we could’ve easily won. But to put it into perspective, look back on the game the oilers were down 4-1 to Winnipeg going into the 3rd period. Now that’s a collapse. Couldn’t imagine the posts we’d see on here if the Oilers blew a 4-1 lead in the 3rd.

  • FlamesFan27

    It seems the Oilers have had a lot of back-to-back advantages already, so I looked it up. According to an article from the summer,
    As a comparison to other teams in the Pacific,
    Oilers have a +10 game advantage of back to backs.
    Coyotes have a +7 game advantage
    Canucks have a -8 game disadvantage.
    Other teams are more or less even (+/- 2 games).

    • Boba The Fett

      That may be true over the course of the season but in October i would argue the schedule when you look at the early travel and quality of competition could be viewed as one of the most difficult.