GDB 16.0 Wrap Up: The wrong losing streak ended tonight

The Oilers managed to bust a slump tonight, but unfortunately, it wasn’t the right one. The Avalanche rolled into town on a five-game losing streak and the Oilers, being incredibly obliging hosts, let them slide back into the win column.

The story tonight was much like what we saw during the three losses on the road trip. The Oilers came out flat, didn’t look prepared, interested, or particularly engaged, and the other team capitalized. Colorado scored a quick goal right off the hop and then they scored again with a few minutes to go in the first period to give themselves a 2-0 lead.

The Avs would score an ugly one on the power play early on in the second period, giving them a 3-0 lead. The third goal would spell the end for Cam Talbot, who allowed three goals on 14 shots. Colorado would their lead to 4-0 a few minutes later, and while the Oilers did manage to break the shutout in the third period, they were never really in this game.

As I said, it was virtually the exact same story as it was on the road trip. But this time, there wasn’t an excuse. I was empathetic after the Florida game given the team had played a tough schedule with a bunch of games in different cities and they were justifiably burnt out. Tonight, though, they were well rested, facing a team on a five-game losing streak who had come in from Winnipeg, but they got waxed on home ice.

This effort tonight makes you wonder if the team has quit on Todd McLellan.

The bright side

  • Ugh. This is the same deal with Florida again. I’m going to have a hell of a time looking for positive things to say about that game. How has BM done this for all these years?!
  • The fourth line was consistently the team’s best line tonight. I’m not sure if that’s a bright side or a positive but I’m looking for good things to say so I’ll roll with it. Brodziak, Kassian, and Khaira played with consistent energy and physicality and made life difficult for the Avs. While the Oilers frequently got beat to pucks tonight, the fourth line went out there and gave the Avs hell. Kudos to them for that. The team needs all four forward lines doing that on a shift-by-shift basis.
  • Mikko Koskinen played well in relief of Cam Talbot, stopping 12 of 13 shots Colorado threw at him. He also made a few big saves in the third period to keep Edmonton’s faint comeback hopes alive when the game opened up and the team was going into attack mode.

The face palmers

  • This was a perfect opportunity. The Oilers were coming home from a tough four-game road trip and had an opportunity against another slumping team to make a statement. They did the opposite. The Oilers didn’t look like a team playing at home hungry for a win tonight. They came out especially slow and just got blown away by Colorado in the first period. This is an Avs team who, beyond one line, really doesn’t have much depth. Despite that, wave after wave, the Avs just blew past the Oilers, making them look slow, tired, and disinterested.
  • Cam Talbot had a rough game, allowing three goals on 15 shots. I mean, the team in front of him didn’t help out whatsoever so I’m not going to pin tonight’s loss on him by any stretch, but we’re seeing too many of these mediocre outings from the guy who is supposed to be the team’s No. 1 guy.
  • The Oilers have virtually zero offence behind Connor McDavid. When he isn’t on the ice, there’s virtually zero threat to score from this team. Alex Chiasson and Tobias Rieder had a nice streak with Leon Draisaitl for a few games, but we’re back into that mode in which the team looks like they’re just killing time without McDavid on the ice. When there isn’t an attack behind McDavid, it becomes that much easier for opposing teams to contain him. That was the case tonight as McDavid was held off the scoresheet and Gabe Landeskog and Nathan MacKinnon were constantly on against him making life difficult.
  •  I thought the refs missed quite a few calls on the Oilers, so that’s one face palmer in itself that we’re used to, but, in the same vein, the power play wasn’t good again tonight. Edmonton went 0/3 on their opportunities with the man advantage and looked pretty stagnant out there.

Scoring summary


00:26 Colorado Mikko Rantanen (6) ASST: Nathan MacKinnon (12), Gabriel Landeskog (8) 1-0
15:33 Colorado Carl Soderberg (6) ASST: Tyson Barrie (13), Matt Calvert (3) 2-0


05:06 Colorado PPG – Alexander Kerfoot (3) ASST: Carl Soderberg (5), Samuel Girard (6) 3-0
10:56 Colorado Tyson Barrie (1) ASST: Mikko Rantanen (20), Nathan MacKinnon (13) 4-0


09:20 Edmonton Ty Rattie (2) ASST: Adam Larsson (6), Milan Lucic (4) 4-1
  • PleaseWinOilers

    There’s only one direction for this team: Downwards. Holy crap are they not good. How can a team consisting of Connor McDavid and Leon Draisatl be so boring to watch? If they were entertaining then fine, whatever… But they’re not even ELPHing. They’re just LPHing. Peter Chiarelli needs to be tossed out the side of a bus on Highway 2.

    • OilerForLife

      It’s time to fire MacT because as a big fan I’m tired of watching this team get beat by everybody. I actually think McDavid is playing injured. If he is then they should sit him. PTO Signings area good stop back for a year but not a great long term solution.
      McDavid, Nuge, Larsson, Klefbom, Reider, Caggiula, Marody, Rattie, Koskinen and Russell (for the most part) are all decent to very good contracts for what you get. Kassian, Khari and Benning, are too inconsistent for their current contracts.
      Puljujarvi, Yamamoto, Benson, Jones, Bouchard, Hebig, Legasson, Bear, Persson, and Maksimov all have chances of varying degrees to be in the NHL someday but won’t be ready this year for sure.
      Draisaitl is very good but not 8.5M good. Lucic brings some good assets in his play, but not even near 6M worth and a contract that is bullet proof which means cap trouble until 2023-24. Cam Talbot, who had my support until now, is not an NHL starter. Ok glad to get that off my chest. If Sekera returns this season he will never be the 5.5M guy they signed.
      There is no way in hell the Oilers are going to make the playoffs this year. I think they should protect their assets moving towards the Seattle entry draft. Develop their prospects the correct way. Rid themselves of bad contracts if possible and not take a beating doing that. If in doing all of that they make the playoffs great, but nothing should be forced by panicking or the Oilers are doomed.

      • OilerForLife

        P.S. Just because I say don’t panic, that doesn’t mean is isn’t serious. Fire Chiarelli as soon as possible and replace him with Keith Gretzky in the interim. There is no quick way out of this.

  • Dallas Eakins Hair

    Time for TM to go, he cant coach these guys they are obviously have no idea what they are doing wrong because TM isnt a communicator. Samre issues plauging the team as last year, Oiler getting scored on in the forst couple minutes, defencesive awareness in their zone no where to be found, Situational awareness in their zone no where to be found, PK is still brutal system not working but lets stick with it, PP not working but we will stick with that too.

    YM should have gone with the rest and Schwartz with them Chia too. The Oilers are going to drop in the standings and it isnt that far to the basement in the west,11 points, and the kings are doing better so they are trying to climb out of the cellar, there were 3 teams tied with the Oil at 17 pts and 4 tied for 15 pts…. we are heading south when other teams are starting to play better, If the Oilers dont act and show TM the door we are going to be in serious trouble, and I would hate for us to be out of the playoffs again before the season is half over

    • Big Nuggets

      Before we got Tmac I had assumed he was a legitimate coach because he was in San Jose for so long and they were a good team, but I’m beginning to believe he might be an absolute garbage coach. If this losing makes them bring in Quineville it might work out for the best.

  • rnj

    “Talbot was bad but it’s not his fault” -every ON writer

    Guys we know the defense is trash but good tenders are still good behind bad defense. It’s absolutely on Talbot as much as the rest of the team

  • nijames

    Umm Cam, this is an oilers team that besides McDavid has zero depth so it was a game between two one line teams and the team that had a little more depth won the battle

    • Rufio Barcoli

      I honestly believe this team has depth.
      It just that the depth is lost in Todd’s abyss.

      Growing up McDavid grew up a fan of Lucic and his game, I believe that played a factor in the Lucic signing.
      But regardless, McDavid likes a Lucic type player and that style of a game for his line mate.
      Lucic is not that player any more.
      One player on the team that is the closest to Lucic of the old is Jujhar.
      Khaira has show some smarts and presence in game, and even thou he has had problems with consistency, he would be up for it every night on McDavid’s wing.

      Play McDavid with Khaira.

      The Oilers need to get Nuge off of McDavid’s line and up against some softer competition to utilize him better.
      Strome is not at a point to drive his own line, and he is kind of a poor man’s Nuge.
      Play Strome with Nuge on the 3rd, along side Chia’s son.

      Play Kassian and Brodziak along side, Lucic, Caggiula, Rattie or Marody on the worth.
      The latter three would playing with McDavid just like they are now.

      Chia would have to go and provide some fire power for Reider and Draisailt on the second line.
      A finisher that could play up with McDavid when need be as well as power play shot. A sacrifice would have to be made.

      I just don’t believe Toddy knows how to use his players to their fullest and best potential, and once he is gone this team will appear and play totally different.

  • Oiler Al

    You know its going to be a long nite,when the starting goalie is pulled, the top pairing defense is on the ice for 3 goals,No.1 line is pointless and the 4th line is your best line! No surprise on the end result.
    Roster depth is a problem, but so is Driasaitl, and Nuge not showing untill the third period.

  • Rossonero4ever

    A few thoughts come to mind…..are the guys on the second and third line that much more deserving to be playing than Puljujarvi and Yamamoto? I am a firm believer that these two young players would be playing confidently on most teams in the league. Power Play looked horrendous! When was the last time Klefbom scored on a shot from the point? The Oilers are no better than their cousins the Eskimos………..very very sad…..

    • Dallas Eakins Hair

      it sure seems like it, but this is like a repeat of what we saw last year, and that isnt on the assistants they are gone, only two coaches left from last year Schwartz and TM… and they can both hit the road.

      Wasn’t there a rumour that TM was losing the room.?

  • Heschultzhescores

    This is either a really easy fix, or it’s impossible. I am torn. The guys are not giving 100% or even close to that. Did we sign a bunch of lazy guys? Why can’t they be motivated to play at the top of their game? They are not as bad as they looked today, I’m sure of that. Todd has to go, it has to be him. He should have been gone last year. Same team, same coach, same GM, same results.

  • Heschultzhescores

    Did you see Todds interview after the game. It seriously could have put me to sleep. No wonder the guys look like they are sleeping out there, the coach has no fire or desire! The players follow suit.

  • Oilers_1978

    Every time I watch oilers game, i make promise this is the last one i am watching. But i keep breaking my promises.

    I will be too happy when mcd will request a trade..this kid deserves a lot better…

    The dumbs in the oilers management should all be kicked out from the great gretzky to lowe to pc…

    Jatz should be kept out of decision making…

    PC has destroyed the team balance to a level where no coach can make good lines…

    With great respect to mcd he needs another top player for his line to succeed who is nuge..

    Then how do we expect leon to be successful with two journeymen on his wing…

    I am still with hall-Larsson trade..but pc should be kicked on the basis of his rienhert and eberle trade..

    After pc along with all the gloryday boys are sacked get s new coach

  • Ted

    Broken record … And repeat and repeat and repeat. Twelve years broken, with one year where the needle caught something and actually played some music to our ears. But on the restart it has found that deep hole again. WHAT IS THE PLAN. THIS ONE ISN’T WORKING. CAN’T DRAFT TALLENT. MCDAVID WAS GIFTED TO US. CAN’T RECOGNIZE TALENT. SIGN AWEFUL PLAYERS TO AWEFUL CONTRACTS. ….. THE BEAT GOES ON. … Oh on the plus side Talbot will make the plays of the week again!!!

  • Elgando

    The only way this turns around is a hard right… Chiarelli won’t fire himself, so get on with firing McLellan. How often does a Joel quenville come available when your team is sitting the bed?!?

  • slats-west

    What the hell was that?

    First goal i counted 3 fly byes on one play leaving a guy on the door step. This is a VERY POORLY COACHED TEAM! No way that can happen.

    Now talbot lying on his stomach probably isn’t the goalie fundamentals you want either and he was in a very poor position on a very soft back hand to the middle of the net!

    Second goal Talbots deep in his net and a slapper coming from high slot, goal to almost the middle of the net again! ….its like he’s lost every fundamental he’s been taught.

    A struggling team needs a goalie who can get you 1-2 saves (on top of the normal ones) Talbot is fighting the puck big time, and we are heading into last years funk….with no fix in sight.

    This management can let it happen again or we can start to do things differently, starting tomorrow.

    What say you Pete? Katz?

  • elliotsmom

    Still waiting for Chiarelli’s plan that we are supposed to like. This game reminded me of just about every game last year. Does anyone know what this dam plan is? I really think it’s time for some changes.

    • Randomfan

      PC has absolutely destroyed this team. The guy should be working in a canadian tire warehouse with no public dealing instead of being a GM of a hockey club.

    • What the Puck

      Maybe but lets face it chia is all capped out on a half ahl team. What can any coach do with that crap. Fire the gm. Hire a new young gm that gets the new nhl. Start breaking it down. Rebuild on the fly. Im sure a gm whos not buddies with lucic could find a way of dumping that contract on a cap bottom team.

  • SnowMan8

    how many more losses till they fire TM? my guess they would have 3 more in a row then one would think keeping TM would indefensible. unfortunetly even if they did, with the level of disfunction i dont know they would hire joel.

    • Randomfan

      I think any sane person will not sign with this failure of an organization. Money is not everything at this point for JQ. He probably wants to win another cup and with oilers’ roster there is a zero chance. Lets save the old man some misery.

  • kormega

    Somehow it happened that the team is left without NHL-ers on the wings. Look at the roster, there is no even one. If we’d set the bar at 40 points for a decent winger – last season there were 76 wingers with 40+ points and none of them was Oiler. Same story this year. The hell.

    I wish to be mistaken but I feel like time for Pulju progress is lost and I put this fault entiely on coaching staff. You can’t waste talents like this, it’s just illegal.

      • cityofchampions

        Don’t be pedantic, obviously he’s counting McD, Drai and Nuge as centers. We would in fact have one of the deeper center cores in the league if we weren’t forced to play one on wing because we have no wingers. We have three top-6 players, then an assortment of about a dozen interchangeable parts with which you can fashion a pretty good 4th line, a mediocre 3rd line and a poor second line, with one lucky lotto winner getting to play with McNuge/McDrai. Maybe we should just put McDraiNuge together and pray the other lines can keep it close (the Colorado solution) or put two lotto winners with McD and play Drai and Nuge together with another lotto winner to see if we can somehow fashion two scoring lines. That is why Yam and Puli are so important to develop…..we desperately need more top 6 players.

  • Alf

    The worst thing is… the Oilers are wasting McDavid. The way the Islanders wasted Tavares. What did Tavares decide to do when his contract was up….. Seriously.

  • CMG30

    Looks like we’re back to lack of effort territory again. When properly motivated, this team can compete. Too bad that motivation seems to need the threat of everybody in management being fired and loud questions about the basic compete level found in the players.

    Time to sound like a broken record: this team as currently built is not good enough. To have a chance they need to show up to each game ready to play at the opening faceoff and continue to play hard for the rest of the game.

    The fact that we have holes up and down the lineup should be a club scandal when considering the names who have been moved to fill holes and how many years we are into McDavids time here. Fire Chirelli!

  • Mike Modano's Dog

    Fire Todd McLellan now! Bring in Joel Quenneville if at all possible. Move out every bad contract, and rebuild the proper way. Otherwise it’s more of the same; rinse, repeat…

    • percy

      JQ isn’t going to come to Edt. Would you? I think moving this team to Seattle was our only chance to get rid of the disease. I have a feeling the problems are going to be around for a long time.

    • JDOGG96

      In 2 years you will all be calling for Quenneville’s head the exact same way, when he won his cups look at the rosters, Toews, Kane, Seabrook, Crawford, Keith, etc.etc Who do we have that even comes close besides Mcdavid and some nights Draisatl . We have had how many coaches in the last 10 years and nothing has changed there is no way that is all on Coaching. Its a losing mentality from the top down get rid of those guys at the top. As well How many first shot goals has Talbot let in in the last 2 years its ridiculous, if we have even comparable goaltending to our opponents in Minnesota we win, Pittsburgh we win , Washington we win, Florida we win, thats 8 points right there from Poor goaltending we are losing out on