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GDB 18.0 Wrap Up: Oilers win 6-2, ruining the night for Habs fans that overpaid for tickets

So long and thanks for the points and cash! Final Score: 6-2 Oilers

After being sick with the flu for the past few days, all I could think about was how badly I wanted the Oilers to win this hockey game. Not only would it make me feel better, but there is nothing worse than seeing Rogers Place half filled with Habs fans with their stupid “ole ole” chants, and the only way to shut them up is to eliminate any and all reasons for them to have fun. About 10 years ago, I went to a game at Rexall Place where the Oilers absolutely destroyed the Habs, Carey Price got a Bronx cheer after making a save, and every single person in a red jersey went home unhappy and broker than they were before showing up — it’s was glorious and I wanted that feeling again. So when Matt Benning opened the scoring only moments into the first period, I could feel my dream coming to life. I felt the spirit of disappointed Habs fans filling my soul with joy. Sure, Max Domi ruined the moment but only for a few minutes, because, on this night, my dream was too powerful to be contained.

One thing that was very noticeable tonight was how the Oilers actually looked like they were interested in competing for the win. When they do that, they can be a dangerous hockey club that’s tough to handle defensively, but when uninterested, they look as bad as we saw on Sunday night against Colorado. Against Montreal, they were aggressive, moved the puck effectively through all three zones, and pressured the Canadiens to make choices rather than sit back and wait for something to happen. From start to finish, they kept the hammer down and pressed for offence that they were able to secure from six different sources, including three defencemen. When was the last time we could say that? Even when the Habs managed to chip away at their lead, the Oilers found a way to get it right back. That resilience and ability to spread the offence around were things we haven’t seen much over the course of this losing streak and it was a welcomed sight tonight.

The Wrap.

THE BRIGHT SIDE

  • Matt Benning opened the scoring for the Oilers at 3:13 in the first period after his point shot took a wild bounce off the backboards and in off Niemi. It actually reminded me of the goal that bounced in on Koskinen last Saturday in Detroit and it sure was nice to have one of those go our way for once.
  • Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid are magic when they’re together and it’s not surprising why Todd McLellan can’t help himself but to put them together. Leon’s 11th goal of the season was Exhibit Z in the “Connor and Leon convert a perfect 2-on-1” file and it’s hard to argue with the results they put up.
  • Drake Caggiula continued his Cy Young bid tonight after Niemi gifted him his sixth goal of the season early in the second period. To his credit, the Drake got a chance to put the puck on net from the slot and he did exactly that, but I don’t think even he would have expected it to go in. All I know for sure is that I don’t care and I doubt Caggiula does either. They all count.
  • Ryan Nugent-Hopkins hadn’t scored a goal in nine goals despite putting up plenty of assists, but he ended the drought tonight with a quick snap that beat Niemi and gave the Oilers a two-goal lead. Nuge loves that low snap snow and it worked perfectly tonight.
  • Kris Russell got his first goal in 42 games as his seeing-eye wrister from the point made its way through traffic and past Niemi to give the Oilers a 5-2 lead. I thought Russell had a good game tonight and I wonder if that was a result of being moved off the second pairing with Nurse?
  • Darnell Nurse scored his second goal of the season after Connor McDavid set him up late in the third period. Nurse ripped a shot past Niemi to put the final nail in the coffin and kick Niemi while he was down. I like it.
  • How about a casual three-point night for Connor McDavid? The captain finished his night with three assists but probably could have had six had Niemi not robbed Draisaitl on a few of the chances he got throughout the night.
  • Mikko Koskinen got the start in net again tonight and it was a little bit of a weird night for the big Finn early on. He battled the puck a little bit in the opening minutes of the first period, but he managed to make the saves he needed to settle in and really locked in from there. Around these parts, we don’t care how you stop the puck, just throw your carcass in front of it enough times for the Oilers to win and we’ll be happy. Koskinen finished the night with 27 saves and a .931 save%.
  • The Oilers needed their PK to come up strong and it did, killing off all three of Montreal’s chances.
  • How about the boys going 59% in the faceoff circle? Gotta like that.
  • Booze not Beets! Wincast coming up over on my Twitter account.
  • The boys at Nation HQ are doing Movember and are looking for donations and people to join their team. If you’re interested in either you can click here.

THE FACE PALMERS

  • Only a few minutes after Matt Benning opened the scored, Max Domi got the Habs on the board with an absolute snipe that (somehow) beat Koskinen over the shoulder and into the top shelf. I don’t know what kind of witchcraft Domi is playing with this year but it’s working for him.
  • Andrew Shaw tied the game up at two apiece early in the second period after the Oilers turned the puck over a pair of times in the neutral zone and basically gave the Habs the possession time they needed to get something done. Sloppy start to the period results in a goal against.
  • Tobias Rieder left the game early in the second period and did not return. There are too many ways that this is bad news for the Oilers to get into right now, but I’m sure you’ve got a list of your own.
  • The Oilers went 0/3 on the power play tonight and really only looked dangerous on one of their chances. Actually, it was weird to me how they could look so good on one chance and so disjointed on the next. Weird night.
  • Seeing the numbers of red jerseys in our building is always gross, but I can only hope that they were gouged on the price of the tickets.

SCORING SUMMARY

1ST PERIOD

TIME TEAM DETAILS SCORE
03:13 Edmonton Matt Benning (1) ASST: Connor McDavid (14), Leon Draisaitl (8) 0-1
05:45 Montreal Max Domi (10) ASST: Andrew Shaw (2), Noah Juulsen (3) 1-1
16:31 Edmonton Leon Draisaitl (11) ASST: Connor McDavid (15) 1-2

2ND PERIOD

TIME TEAM DETAILS SCORE
01:10 Montreal Andrew Shaw (5) ASST: Jonathan Drouin (9), Jeff Petry (13) 2-2
03:06 Edmonton Drake Caggiula (6) ASST: Alex Chiasson (1), Matt Benning (3) 2-3

3RD PERIOD

TIME TEAM DETAILS SCORE
05:36 Edmonton Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (4) ASST: Ryan Strome (1), Kris Russell (5) 2-4
12:14 Edmonton Kris Russell (1) ASST: Kevin Gravel (1), Jujhar Khaira (5) 2-5
18:04 Edmonton Darnell Nurse (2) ASST: Connor McDavid (16), Leon Draisaitl (9) 2-6

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THE REAL LIFE PODCAST

Welcome, welcome, welcome to a brand new episode of the Real Life Podcast, the show where the boys set out an agenda for the hour but follow absolutely none of it. This week, the guys wonder whether or not it’s time to look at a coaching change and try to convince ownership that Joel Quenneville should be brought in.


Source: NHL, Official Game Page, 11/13/2018 – 7:45 pm MT

  • Peter Chairelli

    I wish you would step back
    From that ledge my friend
    You could cut ties with all the lies
    That you’ve been living in
    And if you do not want to see me again
    I would understand
    I would understand

    • I agree that Leon and Conner were a treat to watch but if not for secondary scoring tonight Leon would of had some nasty comments about him. Should of had a hat trick easy tonight. Loved Nuge tonight, does so many things that are not on the back of a hockey card. I hope he stays at center cause he will have to earn his next contract.

      As for the crowd, it’s was the loudest I’ve heard it all year. I think you can thank the Hab fans for that.
      In closing the league is as level playing field as I’ve ever seen. Van, Habs the Sabres who are picked to come last are keeping teams honest.. if you don’t have a good effort they are going to beat you. As a proline player it is a crap shoot. Enjoyable game tonight

    • I hate that we have to make Draisaitl “drive his own line” no matter what because of the contract. So what if his stats are “inflated” playing with McDavid? We’re hunting wins not “points without McDavid” trophies. He makes McDavid a better player when he’s with him and always re-ignites him, that’s an asset in itself. Let Leon center line 2 most of the season and whenever McNuge cools down we can switch Leon and Nuge to spark McDavid. The best way to get full value of his $8M isn’t to anchor him to one role, it’s to use him in as many ways as possible and take advantage of his versatility.

    • CRONENBERG

      If Draisaitl had of shot the puck 2 inches to the right a few times he could have had at least four goals last night. Keep them together and McDavid is looking at a 120 point season. Gregor said it perfect in the pregame write up, you could put anyone with McDavid and they’ll score, but having someone like Leon on the wing allows him to play at his peak.

  • CRONENBERG

    Also my girlfriend saw Drew Remenda for the first time. She said he looks like a cross between Tweety Grandma and Elmer Fudd and I thought that was hilarious.

  • camdog

    When the Oilers return from a long road trip, Oilernation sort of reminds me of my university roommate from 10 years back after a weekend of cocaine and liquor. In a very very low place. But it only takes a few days to recover and get back on the wagon again.

  • Oil9744

    It was not “a little bit weird” for the big Finn tonight at all, he starts game and the oilers win it’s that simple, You writers on Oilersnation ALWAYS want to back Talbot, and I get it, he was a great for ONE season but guess what, it’s not 2016-2017 anymore, it’s Mikkos time in the crease as the starter. Accept it if you haven’t already.

    • Boba The Fett

      I love how when koskinen was signed people complained about the contract. Then after his pre season people complained even more. Now that he has won a few games that is all forgotten and everyone is ragging on Talbot. Koskinen may falter and Talbot may rebound. That is the benefit of having 2 NHL quality goalies, the coach just needs to be smart with playing the right goalie at the right time.

      At the moment thay goalie should be koskinen Saturday.

      • cityofchampions

        Talbot played his best after Nilsson stole the job from him in November of 2015. Talbot had a good 2015 and an exceptional 2016/17 season, before shitting the bed (along with the rest of the team) in 2017/18. Hopefully its deja vu all over again and Talbot will regain his form after being put on the bench by Koskinen for a stretch of games in November 2018.

      • tealyn

        Thing is Koskinen plays with more confidence and skill than Talbot ever has. I have never felt remotely comfortable with Talbot playing the puck, besides when he does make a play he can’t even get it out of the zone, Talbot is missing a few crucial skills, should never be starter

  • regw

    A win like this is good for the soul. Demons out the door, now bring on the Minions Saturday. Koskinin is making a case for being the starter on Saturday, let Talbot win the starter position back on Sunday, if he has it in him. A special laugh to my friends and relatives that hold season tickets just to see the one game Montreal play at Edmonton. (Feel free to sub out Montreal for zipper headed Toronto freaks/fans) Bahaahaahaahaahhaa.

    I can hardly wait until we have room on our blue line for a PP Quarterback…..

        • camdog

          First time, like ever the Edmonton media couldn’t use the CFR excuse in November. It was always the rodeos fault in November, never the fine dining on the East coast. Regardless of what I think of the coaches, it’s fun to get out of Edmonton mid November and relax a bit. Reality always sets in when they get back. Lol

    • Dallas Eakins Hair

      I heard that Schwartz has Koskinen going lower in his crouch, thereby making himself smaller, whether that is causing him to go down early, I dont know, but damn if I am not concerned if that is the case, look what happens when Talbot goes down to early and stays there too long

  • SRELIOFAN

    First goal in 42 goals? I don’t know what that means, but I’m gonna assume that Baggedmilk is projecting Russell to score 42 goals this season. I like it!

  • Rufio Barcoli

    I hate to say I told you so but the Oilers are a better team when RNH is not with McDavid.

    Who saw that Strome to Nuge goal tonight, huh?
    Wait till Toddy figures it out, then the two of them will get it going with Lucic.

    • OilerForLife

      I think it’s a matter of mixing it up so the Oilers don’t become too predictable. Change it before they start losing, and throw a curveball into the other teams game plan.

    • McDrai is going to slow down eventually, things get too predictable if you don’t eventually mix it. We’ll probably see the big 3 down the middle and McNuge reunited again later on, maybe even a NuDrait for one night to throw everyone off.

  • CMG30

    The big question that needs to be asked around the halls of rogers place is how this team can keep themselves motivated for the rest of the season? They have too many holes to just sit back and wait for McDavid to do it all…

  • Boba The Fett

    Ok I gotta start by saying that I never commented on the debacle vs Colorado due to falling asleep prior to the game being over but even with all my optimism that game was hard to watch and hard to justify anything afterwards. Versus Colorado all our flaws were exposed due to one sole item, the team’s “give a crap” factor was at ZERO. For this team to have a chance at success they need to play with a high “GAS” factor night in and night out.

    Now on to tonight. Tonight the team showed what they can do when they have a high “GAS” factor. Yes there were warts in their game but they were able to overcome them through effort and a willingness to move their feet and compete.

    A couple of my thoughts on what tonight showed.

    – Montreal is a quick team and we were able to skate with them. This was due to effort and just playing a quicker game, not necessarily skating faster.
    – Drai/Connor looked dangerous but i feel for long term success they need to be anchoring separate lines.
    – koskinen is looking quite reliable, the gamble may have been worth it.
    – kassian looks like playoff kassian again and is causing the 4th line to be a factor. He looks like a menace lately.
    – we looked to be skating the puck through the neutral zone more then just low percentage stretch passes and it resulted in more success.

    This team knows it can compete with the est teams

    • cityofchampions

      6 of 1 and half a dozen of the other. I agree it won’t make a huge difference. Personally I’d consider trying to kickstart Strome by playing him with Nuge, and have Marody centre the third line, but Todd will likely go with the most similar lineup he can, simply inserting Marody for Reider.

  • KennyG

    A handful of weak goals was the difference. Now hab fans know what it feels like to have poor goaltending. On the pp Klefbom needs to go. Fights the puck every time he touches it. Any Oiler would do better than him back there. Good win can’t wait for Saturday.

  • SydScout

    I read the first few paragraphs and though how much of an asshole you are. That’s a hockey fan, writing this? I thought Canadians were solid, good natured folk. It’s the Habs. They’re struggling. So are the Oilers. You’re not a particularly good version of a true Canadian.

  • Dallas Eakins Hair

    The Oilers came out and played 660 minutes of hockey, and they had the lines rolling and they were aggressive on the puck, we still need to work on our defensive systems in our end, because while they were a tad better, there is room for improvement.

    It was great to see a lot of offence and shots being taken, the Oilers need to get more pucks on net. I am trying to temper my enthusiasm a little, Montreal has a good record but they have defensive woes like we do, Montreal has let in 32 goals in their last 7 games, so while I am happy for the Win the Oilers got, I am not ready to stamp issues cured in the Oilers game play just yet.

    Mc D and Drai, man those guys are magic, I actually didn’t mind the second line, I thought they were actually good around the net, I didn’t see what happened to Reider and why he left the game? Anyone know what happened?

    Lets hope the ilers can refine their game play and defensive and PK some more and maybe they can get a good roll of wins going, cause it’s tight in the West like always

  • Dallas Eakins Hair

    The Oilers need to roll with Koskinen right now, let him see if he can string a bunch of wins together, I say play till he loses, and see if you stick with him or go back to Talbot, right now you ride the hot hand, maybe it will fire Talbot up a little, worked for Drake