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GDB 20.0: VIVA LAS YEGAS! (6pm MST, SNW)

For the second time in as many nights, the Edmonton Oilers will be facing off against a Pacific Division rival to try and secure a four-point swing in the standings. Can it be done? We’re only a few short hours from finding out. 

After running all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals in their first ever season, is anyone really that surprised that the Golden Knights have crashed back to earth this year? I mean, c’mon… All season long, I kept thinking that each and every loss was going to be the one that sent Vegas spiralling towards the bottom of the standings but it just never happened. Remember when the Oilers absolutely pummelled the Golden Knights 8-2 at home last November? I was convinced that that was going to be game to send our boys shooting skyward and the Knights crashing back down to the bitter, dark hell we ended up in. Instead, they just kept finding ways to win and ended up only a few Ws away from writing one of the best sports stories of all time. Fast forward to this season and the Golden Knights have come back down to earth, and look much more like the team I expected them to be last year.

Looking back at last season, Edmonton was one of the few teams to actually have some consistent success against Vegas (3-1 record), managing to outscore the eventual runner-ups by a combined score of 16-11 over four games. Outside of that one game, a 4-1 road loss in mid-February, the Oilers were able to put up all kinds of offence against the Golden Knights and I’m hoping that a little bit of that touch has been able to carry over. They spread the goals around, Connor did his thing, and we went home happy 75% of the time. All in all, the series against Vegas was one of the few overall bright spots that we had last year so I ended up clutching to those three wins more than I probably should have or is totally reasonable. With the way last night’s game in Calgary ended, the boys need to do something to brighten the mood around here because that loss was every shade of disappointing. I’m thinking actually playing for the full 60 minutes would be a good start.

NUMBERS

OILERS GOLDEN KNIGHTS
RECORD 9-9-1 8-11-1
WIN/LOSS STREAK L1 L1
GOALS FOR 54 50
GOALS AGAINST 60 58
POWER PLAY 19.7 16.7
PENALTY KILL 75.0 85.5
AVG. SHOTS/FOR 31.5 34.2
AVG. SHOTS/AGAINST 30.2 26.2
TEAM SAVE% .903 .899
CORSI FOR% 50.54 56.41
PDO 98.88 95.62
TEAM SHOOTING% 6.55 6.01
EXPECTED GOALS FOR% 52.03 56.86

Numbers courtesy of Corsica (fancies at 5×5)

LINES

Oilers

Caggiula – McDavid – Draisaitl
Spooner – Nuge – Rattie
Lucic – Marody – Chiasson
Khaira – Brodziak – Kassian

Klefbom – Larsson
Nurse – Benning
Gravel – Russell

Talbot

After last night’s game in Calgary, there hasn’t been any indication just yet about what the line combinations are going to look like tonight so I’ve kept things the same until news comes out. For now, what we know for sure is that Cam Talbot will get the start but that’s about it. But I’ll keep checking for news on the bus ride home and update things as news comes out.

Golden Knights

Marchessault-Karlsson-Smith
Pacioretty-Eakin-Tuch
Nosek-Carpenter-Hyka
Carrier-Bellemare-Reaves

McNabb-Miller
Theodore-Engelland
Merrill-Holden

Fleury

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING…

From Vegas Hockey Knights:

Underwhelming. That’s the one word that sums up the Vegas Golden Knights 2018-19 campaign thus far. The team isn’t buying into Gerard Gallant’s hard-working, three-zone style of play.

Vegas has struggled in all facets of the game, defending, scoring and goaltending have been average to subpar to start the year. And to make matters worse, the NHL’s newest team is banged up and filled with injuries. The club is missing Erik Haula and Paul Stastny to long-term ailments.

Luckily the Golden Knights have a lot of things working in their favor as of late. Vegas defeated the Anaheim Ducks in a 5-0 rout at T-Mobile Arena on Wednesday night. The victory stopped a two-game skid and improved the overall team record to 8-10-1. Sure that record isn’t impressive in the slightest. However, nearly the entire Pacific division currently sits in a similar position.

TONIGHT…

Photoshop: Tom Kostiuk

Game Day Prediction: Back-to-back games? No problem. The Oilers handled the Golden Knights last season and they do it again this year, starting with a big 4-3 win tonight.

Obvious Game Day Prediction: I am soooooo hungover after last night’s Nation Road Trip game in Calgary and will definitely eat two-four bags of beef jerky to try and get over it.

Not-So-Obvious Game Day Prediction: After landing in Edmonton early, the Golden Knights get their morning skate out of the way and spend the rest of the day at the Grand Villa Casino to try and make themselves feel more at home. They enjoy steak sandwiches and tip decently well.


Source: NHL, Official Game Page, 11/18/2018 – 12:00 pm MT

      • TruthHurts98

        That 3rd period last night has pretty much done me in as an Oiler fan. Rivaled the playoff meltdown against the Ducks in game 5. The entire team stunk. But it goes all the way to the top. Katz has the worst record as an owner. Losing is like an incurable disease with this franchise. Playoffs?!? Weakest division in the league and the Oilers will still be bottom 5 in the NHL by the end of the year with these fools running this team. It’s sad.

    • MrBung

      Agreed. This current Oiler roster is not good enough to make the playoffs. GM and coach will be gone at the end of the season. Coach might be sooner given management having no more options left to fix the mess they created.

      • tealyn

        I think that if Chia was concerned in the least about his job that Mclellan would have been long gone, the fact that he isn’t gone tells me that Chia isn’t smart enough to be worried about his job. Troubling…

    • TruthHurts98

      I’m with you too. TM putting the boat anchor on the top line because Leon is too much of a wuss to fight Tkachuk. They should have targeted baby Gaudreau but let him skate circles around the entire team. They will give the Kings a run for last place in the league this season.

  • Randomfan

    I cant wait for the day when bob and jack on 630 CHED finally run out of excuses and admit that this team sucks really bad and mcdavid is no saviour. Getting tired of them blaming the refs and schedule all the time.

  • Heschultzhescores

    Why are we always talking about the Oikers being tired? These are young men in their prime
    They should be able to play back to back with an hour break for lunch. The excuses need to stop! Either you have the goods or you’re not good enough. That goes for the players and every player in the Oiler’s management team. Time for no excuse hockey!

  • Ko-D

    ? Nicholson, Lowe, MacTavish, Chiarelli and Mclellan. This team finally needs above league average tallent in the management department. Parts of this group has been failing the team for over a decade. Not sure what’s the alternative is, but a computer picking the medium risk default in every choice would have us far ahead of where we are personal and deployment wise.

  • Chris_Cruise

    Mr Bung, you had me cracking up last night with your disclaimers under every message about downvoting.

    I have to say that was some funny stuff man!

      • rnj

        Hey weird the guy whose comments got trashed nonstop last night has a fan complimenting those same comments. A new account I’ve never seen before. That posts for the first time immediately as the GDB comes out. Has anyone seen them in the same room together?

        • Chris_Cruise

          Haha nice rnj but we’re different people.

          I can see how MrBung wears on the eternal optimists here but I can appreciate both sides. He calls it how he sees it. Nothing wrong with that.

          Can’t hate on a fan who’s fed up with being dragged through the mud for as long as we all have. He just has the courage to call it like he sees it. Maybe I’m not in the comments enough for that to wear on me like it does to others. Oh well, you know what they say about opinions…

  • Oscar

    What a weekend. Flames beat the Oilers, Stamps win so will be taking over the Eskimo room for the Grey Cup & now the Oil are getting badly beat by Vegas. I live here why again?

  • Rufio Barcoli

    Todd is a useless coach.
    Hopefully the player try their best tonight, because the coaching hasn’t been any help this year.
    I still can’t believe Todd has a job.

    • Dallas Eakins Hair

      I dont agree with all your viewpoints but on this I stand in solidarity with you.

      One thing that really really bothered me last night was when TM benched Marody. Like WTF for? I didnt see anything that warranted it in his play, I dont want Marody to end up like Jesse with his confidence shattered, Marody has been really good in Bakersfield, if he is doing something TM doesnt like then TM or an assistant should tell him not bench the poor guy

        • Dallas Eakins Hair

          I dunno Alex, Woodcroft was part of the coaching mess here when they cleaned part of the house but TM escaped unharmed. Bakersfield is in the middle of the pack in the Western conference there, so record is a little better than TM’s

          I think the Oil would give the Job to one of the Assistants if TM was Axed tomorrow. I dont see the Oil looking for a HC till after the season if they fired TM right now.

          I dont think Woodcroft would be the answer to a new HC