GDB 20.0 Wrap Up: A weekend filled with failure, Oilers lose 6-3 to Vegas

That was horrible to watch and the Oilers should be issuing apologies to all of us that wasted time on it. Final Score: 6-3 Golden Knights

Can I be honest with you guys for a second? I was super nervous about tonight’s game. With the way the Oilers completely collapsed in the third period of last night’s game in Calgary, I wasn’t feeling overly positive about our chances. Yeah, the Golden Knights aren’t rolling through the schedule like they were a season ago, but they’re still a very hardworking team that will beat you if you give them time and space. Less than 24 hours removed from last night’s BOA loss, I was concerned about the Oilers’ energy level and how they would be able to maintain the pace of the game. The bright side was that the boys got the start they wanted with a pair of goals coming in the first period, though they probably should have had a few more considering the array of chances they got. Unfortunately, the first period was where the fun ended.

Normally, you’d think that having a one-goal lead to start the second period would be a positive thing, but not for our Oilers. Instead, they seemed to look at their lead as some kind of finish line or something because they let the wheels fall off completely. In a span of 2:12, the Golden Knights were able to score three straight goals, completely undoing all of the good work the Oilers got done in the first and derailing the game entirely. Frankly, they were gross to watch from the crease on out and it was soul-sucking to sit and watch the Oilers get dummied by a team that they should beat on most nights. To me, the fact that this is where the Oilers are at in year four of Connor McDavid’s career is absolutely unforgivable and should be grounds for firing everyone. Then again, this is the Oilers we’re talking about here so it’s way more likely that they’ll throw themselves another banner ceremony rather than do what it takes to actually improve the hockey team.

The wrap.

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  • Connor McDavid opened the scoring early in the first period with his team-leading 12th goal after he deflected Matt Benning’s point shot past Fleury and into the net.
  • Alex Chia’s son must have heard us talking about stripping his The Answer title belt away on Friday’s podcast because he’s coming roaring back with two big goals in his last two games. Chiasson scored the Oilers second goal tonight on the power play after ending up as the business end of a beautiful passing playing with Nuge and Draisaitl.
  • Leon Draisaitl scored a really nice goal in the third period that should have made us all happier than it probably did. Draisaitl pulled off a beautiful little toe drag snipe for his 12th of the year, but by the time he scored the game was effectively over.
  • Oilers went 53% in the faceoff circle which is cool, I guess.
  • I really liked the Oilers powerplay that ended up in Chiasson’s first period goal. They moved the puck well, generated plenty of chances, and finished things off with a beautiful goal. More of that, please.
  • The game is over now.
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  • William Karlsson tied the game at one apiece after deflecting Shea Theodore’s point shot past Talbot and into the net. In a lot of ways, this goal was very similar to the one that Connor scored at the beginning of the period and I’m not sure there was much Talbot could have done to prevent it.
  • Cody Eakin tied the game up at two with a shorthanded marker after he picked up the puck in the neutral zone and snapped a shot past Talbot and in. Sloppy passing by the Oilers resulted in a shorthanded goal against because they love to make things harder for themselves whenever possible.
  • Only seconds after Eakin tied the game up at two, Max Pacioretty threw the puck towards the front of the net and had it bounce in off Matt Benning to give Vegas their first lead of the game.
  • Less than a minute after Pacioretty’s goal, Jonathan Marchessault added to the onslaught after he beat Talbot with a wrist shot to the stick side. The puck did go through Garrison’s legs on its way into the net so there was a screen there, but that’s a save that Talbot has to make. Vegas scored three goals in just over two minutes to start the second period and completely sucked the life out of the building. Just gross. Marchessault added another goal less than a minute into the third period, effectively nailing the coffin shut and ending any hope of a comeback.
  • Reilly Smith added insult to injury with the Knights’ sixth goal of the night.
  • Cam Talbot needed to have a good start tonight after losing his last four games but he did not get it. He struggled to control his rebounds, he couldn’t make saves that he should stop every time, and the Golden Knights effectively had a point night because he couldn’t close the door. Brutal night for Talbot as he finished with 25 saves and a .806 save%.
  • Five. Straight. Goals.
  • The NHL site had the Oilers with 19 giveaways but I feel like that’s a little bit light. They did not manage the puck very well at all and it resulted in all kinds of unnecessary possession time for the Golden Knights.
  • Make it two goals in the last 66 games for Milan Lucic. There are deserts that think this drought is getting ridiculous. I don’t know what the big man needs, but I’m thinking we may need to consult a witchdoctor of some kind.
  • #FireTheMall
Bakersfield Condors G Stuart Skinner named AHL player of the week



00:52 Edmonton Connor McDavid (12) ASST: Matt Benning (4), Drake Caggiula (1) 0-1
12:57 Vegas William Karlsson (5) ASST: Shea Theodore (7), Reilly Smith (5) 1-1
16:32 Edmonton PPG – Alex Chiasson (8) ASST: Leon Draisaitl (11), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (15) 1-2


02:21 Vegas SHG – Cody Eakin (8) 2-2
03:53 Vegas Max Pacioretty (3) ASST: Alex Tuch (7), Shea Theodore (8) 3-2
04:33 Vegas PPG – Jonathan Marchessault (9) ASST: Colin Miller (7), Reilly Smith (6) 4-2


00:34 Vegas Jonathan Marchessault (10) ASST: Colin Miller (8), William Karlsson (11) 5-2
03:04 Vegas Reilly Smith (4) ASST: Jonathan Marchessault (8), Colin Miller (9) 6-2
03:44 Edmonton Leon Draisaitl (12) ASST: Drake Caggiula (2) 6-3


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This week, we talk all things Oilers, hockey, and Evan the Intern. We take off to Calgary tomorrow to watch the Battle of Alberta game so we’re pretty pumped to leave. We do a lot of speculating on what we expect to see from Koskinen, who is starting in goal, and what we’ll see from Milan Lucic, and who replaces Tobias Rieder in the lineup.

Source: NHL, Official Game Page, 11/18/2018 – 8:45 pm MT

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    • Quoteright

      Totally agree
      I don’t know how the hell they forgot about that. It was the worst hack ever. We hated him and rightfully so.
      Still no culture, totally blender, and absolute sellouts allowing a jerk to profit off this misery.
      Katz is a plague on the culture of this city and the sheep keep him rich.
      NHL is broken. No one takes a pay cut to live up North under the Microscope. We overpay for ours, have higher tax brackets, and then over analyze the crisp out of them. It is beyond coincidence that a Canadian team hasn’t won in 25 years.
      Why we pay for hockey in the states, supply the junior talent for them, pay way higher ticket prices, and then get to watch all the free agents fly south.
      With a salary cap, their should be a ticket price cap as well.
      But that’s not how the world work. So Canadians overpay to watch overpayed players loose.
      Meanwhile the rich owners are getting public money for their arenas, and milking their fans to support a broken league.

  • rektangle

    Can’t cheer for Vancouver because, well, they’re Vancouver. Can’t cheer for Calgary because I have some self respect. Looks like I’m a Jets fan now!

    Bring on the winning.

  • Bringer_Of_Snow

    It’s absolutely comical that this is a cap ceiling team. There is absolutely ZERO depth after the McDavid, Drai and Nuge (surprise, 3 guys who were here before Chia came into command. Yes Chia drafted McDavid but that was inevitable).

    There isn’t a finisher on the team. How can a team so desperate for scoring wingers (after already trading one of the best in the league) not be in on guys like Hoffman and Skinner. They costed peanuts in the off-season. When McDavid isn’t on the ice, there is nothing offensively generated, hell it seems like they don’t even ever touch the puck. Chaisson is carrying an absurd shooting percentage right now. But realistically, him and Reider or best at a 3rd like role. Then you have Rattie, Caggulia, Lucic, Khaira, Kassian, Marody, Russell, and Brodziak who are all fringe NHLers, let alone regulars and top 6 guys.

    Klefbom and Larsson would be a great second pairing. Neither generates offence but can be steady. I’ve lost hope in Nurse. He’s a physical specimen, a pure athlete, but my god is he stupid. He has absolutely zero hockey IQ. Doesn’t generate offence and is subpar defensively. Russell is a fine 3rd pairing, but can’t move a puck to save his life. Benning is an absolute joke. The fact that he is making $1.9M sickens me. He is so bad. Garrison is slow. I liked Gravels game way more than his.

    Talbot is proving more and more that 2016-17 was the outlier. He knows how to kill any drive they have by letting in shot after shot. Pathetic. We still don’t really know what we have in Koskinen, given his small sample size, but he’s been way better then Talbot. Calgary tried beating him over the shoulder about a dozen times, and you just know half of those would have gone in a Talbot. Unfortunately, he’s already 30, so not like he’s our goalie of the future.

    So look at everything that Chiarelli has given up to improve this team, then look at the shopping list. I think as fans we have the right to rip OM management when they display incompetence after incompetence. They are in their roles because they are expected to be smarter and actually good at their jobs. Chiarelli single handedly destroyed the first half of McDavids career.

    On today’s game, obviously Talbot giving up 5 goals in the first 5 mins of the 2nd and 3rd period killed the team, but when Draisaitl scored, it wasn’t over yet. However, he went straight to bench as if he potted a meaningless goal in a blowout game in the middle of March. This guy is a top 15 paid player in league. Start acting like it. Get the boys fired up. Ffs pretend like you care. Everyone in my section was talking about it and it sucked the life it of the crowd too. Everyone loves it when a player shows emotion and celebrates.

      • Bringer_Of_Snow

        I don’t know if you’ve played hockey before, but when your team gets a goal to end an opponents streaky play, you gotta use it build up momentum. They had the whole third period in front of them and got scored on 3 times the night before in the 3rd, so they know it’s possible. I’m not saying knee slide across the ice. I’m saying show to your teammates, both on the ice and on the bench that you haven’t given up yet.

  • OilersGM

    GM sucks a fat one
    Coach sucks
    So called starting goalie (Talbot) sucks
    Defence sucks
    Besides 97-29-93 all the forwards suck

    And this organization has no idea how to fix it. Everyone thought trading Hall and Eberle was the answer, well hell no. Chiarelli should’ve been fired the minute he traded for Reinhardt or the minute he traded Hall but 90% of Oilers fans were thinking he was the answer when they were being blinded like the American politics. Just feed the sheeple. 2 years ago I suggested Nurse for Thomas Chabot and I had like 50 trashes to 3 cheers. I’m not suggesting I should become the next GM but you have to recognize talent and our GM has no clue what talent is or is smart enough to recognize that the coach gets out coached almost every game. What a joke this organization is and it hurts being a fan.


    Patrick Russell has proved he is not an NHL player. We can’t afford to have someone like him on the team no matter how many minutes he plays. There must be a better option in Bakersfield. I know the team has bigger issues but that guy has been awful the past two games. Like absolutely ‘how-are-you-on-this-team’ brutal.

      • Ted

        Development??… First off these People is not a third liner who is supposed to be scoring with only 10 minutes of playing with time per game! … The answer is not to send him to the AHL and develope with lesser players. He should be given a fair shake and be given at least 20 games on the top line … Please no more Lucic on the first line! McDavid your allowed to vent about having an inept wing on your line. At the very least second line duties! But playing with Strome was a huge mistake. With Pizza the team was winning. No Pizza not so much winning! Give the kid his shot! FAIRLY!