GDB 45.0 Wrap Up: Finding new ways to lose, Oilers fall 3-2 to the Coyotes

You needed that one, gentlemen. Final Score: 3-2 Coyotes

Looking at the schedule leading up to the All-Star break, the Oilers have some winnable games ahead of them that they can hopefully build upon as they continue their quest to get back into the playoffs. The first step was to beat the Coyotes. When these teams last met, Mikko Koskinen gave his team some stellar goaltending and the big boys on the first line put up three goals, finally snapping the six-game losing streak that was a miserable end to an up-and-down month of December. It may not have been the perfect win that hockey scholars will study for years to come, but the boys did what needed to be done to walk away with two points. They needed another one like that. Even though the Oilers squeaked out the victory against the Panthers on Thursday, it wasn’t exactly the prettiest close you’ll ever see and I was hoping for something a little bit more comfortable tonight against the Coyotes. I was hoping for a little more breathing room. Maybe something like a casual three-goal victory kind of night, ya know?

So when the Oilers opened the scoring midway through the first period on a nice little play from Ty Rattie and Connor McDavid, I felt like my dreams of a Saturday night spent enjoying an Oilers win were about to come true. I thought that we were off to the races. But the Coyotes wouldn’t go away. Instead of folding as a result of the early McGoal, the Coyotes kept pushing forward. Despite the injuries, their dogged determination and effort were noticeable all night long and it was that resilience that ended up being what they needed to overcome the losses in personnel. In other words, they made their own luck. And yeah, the optimist could say that two of the goals that beat Talbot came from lucky bounces, but the bigger point is that the Coyotes were willing to get greasy and do what was needed to earn their opportunities. Rather than handling a depleted opponent, this thing turned into a disaster for the Oilers as they get shutout in the standings and lose a game that they desperately needed.

At the end of the day, the Coyotes simply outworked the home side, got some lucky bounced as a result, and ended up with a win that they deserved. Frankly, I’m not sure that there’s enough Axe Body Spray on earth to cover up the stink from this one.

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The wrap.

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  • Connor McDavid was his usual ‘destroyer of worlds’ self tonight and it was fun to watch him put on a clinic against the Coyotes defenders with his ability to generate speed with the puck. The captain opened the scoring for the Oilers after Ty Rattie flipped saucered a pass towards where he was going and Connor was able to catch up to it in the Coyotes zone before burying it past Kuemper.
  • After a tough giveaway that led to the Jordan Oesterle’s game-tying goal, Kris Russell redeemed himself with a huge goal late in the second period that evened things up at two after he picked up a centring feed from RNH and draining it with Kuemper out of position.
  • Thursday night’s game against the Panthers wasn’t the prettiest start Cam Talbot will ever have, but he found a way to outduel James Reimer at the other end and close out a win for his team. It was an up and down game and, to his credit, Talbot managed to make enough saves to get the two points. Talbot didn’t get that same luck tonight. While I wouldn’t hang this loss on him, the entire team looked disengaged for most of the night, I’m not going to pretend like 26 saves on 29 shots and a .897 save% is a good thing either. Tough luck leads to a tough start. I’m guessing Koskinen will be back in against Buffalo.
  • It was another big minute night for Darnell Nurse as the defender put up a whopping 27:58 on the ice to go along with four shots on net, three hits, one block, and an even +/- rating. Very nice night for Darryl. It will be nice when Klefbom is back and came spread out of the responsibilities, but Nurse had another fine outing of filling in tonight.
  • Shout out to Ty Rattie for making the most of his opportunity to play alongside Connor McDavid after being a healthy scratch on Thursday night against Florida. I thought Rattie looked good back up in the spot that was once his during the Todd McLellan era, and he was rewarded with a nice assist on Connor McDavid’s first period marker.
  • Ilya Lyubuskin is a fun name to say.
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  • Getting outshot and outworked by a team that’s missing seven of their regulars is absolutely embarrassing. Shocking effort at home. This marks the 14th time in their last 15 games that the Oilers have been outshot.
  • Are you surprised that former Oiler Jordan Oesterle was the one to open the scoring for the Arizona Coyotes? You’re not, are you? The whole play started after a brutal giveaway by Kris Russell behind the net that led to the Coyotes maintaining zone control and the eventual goal by Oesterle from the point.
  • Conor Garland gave the Coyotes the lead in the worst possible way. Garland got knocked down in the crease by Adam Larsson and, as he was getting up, the incoming puck hit him the face before bouncing into the net. That’ll be one of the toughest goals he’ll ever score. Yikes. After getting 10 stitches as a result of the using his face as deflecting device, Conor Garland came back in the third period with another power play goal after he drove to the net and had the puck bounce off of his skate and into the net. How about a night when the kid gets two goals without actually shooting the puck?
  • Arizona went 2/2 on the penalty kill tonight and it’s tough to win like that. I know that Garland scored both goals with lucky bounces but still…
  • The NHL site had the giveaways listed at 18-8 for the Oilers and I believe it. They were turning the puck over like giving it away is literally the point of the game.
  • Tobias Rieder may never score again. I never would have seen this coming.
  • Did Brandon Manning play tonight? No, no he did not. Chia’s on it. Somehow this guy gets to keep his job and that is shocking.
  • They needed to win that hockey game. Gross. As always, you can join in on the #BeetCast conversation over on my Twitter account.
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06:46 Edmonton Connor McDavid (27) ASST: Ty Rattie (6) 0-1


01:16 Arizona Jordan Oesterle (3) ASST: Lawson Crouse (4), Mario Kempe (2) 1-1
03:08 Arizona PPG – Conor Garland (7) ASST: Jordan Oesterle (7), Alex Galchenyuk (16) 2-1
17:00 Edmonton Kris Russell (2) ASST: Zack Kassian (4), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (26) 2-2


01:54 Arizona PPG – Conor Garland (8) ASST: Clayton Keller (22), Alex Galchenyuk (17) 3-2


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This week, things get heated when we start going through Peter Chiarelli’s handiwork and the refs blatant disregard for player safety, but then cooler heads prevail when we break down Ryan Nugent-Hopkins’ 500 games with the Oilers and Milan Lucic finally breaking his slump.

Source: NHL, Official Game Page, 1/12/2019 – 11:00 pm MST

  • Chris_Cruise

    Can it be official?

    Can we now just accept that this team is what it is? NOT A PLAYOFF TEAM?

    We cannot be buyers at the deadline. The holes in this roster can only now be fixed with some longer term planning by a CAPABLE front office and GM.

    Fire CHIA NOW! He cannot be trusted to refill the printer cartridge at the Kingsway office let alone damage this franchise anymore than he already has.


      • Chris_Cruise

        Exactly. I’m just so sick of hearing about playoffs. We’re so beyond that. It’s only because the teams around us have struggled that it’s even a conversation.

        Gotta love Rob Brown but he literally just said he still believes we are a playoff team on the CHED post show.

        With what evidence I ask him?!! I see NONE! We won’t get in on heart, talent or hustle. We possess none of the 3.

        • Dallas Eakins Hair

          Well what do you expect they are an Oilers rightshiolder, remember Stauffer was saying how Manning would help the team, I guess they mean getting the rest of the injured and other guys sitting out Popcorn and beer

          • Stauffer and Rob are all just huffing smoke up OEG’s asses, those guys have to if they want to recieve a cheque next month. That’s how this organization is run, if you don’t make them look like they care about the on-ice product(hint they clearly don’t) then you’re canned.

    • TruthHurts98

      But I fear they being PC, Nicholson, Katz, MacT will make more awful trades coming up. At what point does Connor demand out? Will any competent GM ever want to come to Edmonton and work for Katz???

    • Serious Gord

      Well they just might make the playoffs. The west has a slew of horrible teams. We are past the halfway mark and really only two teams in the west haven’t a chance or making the playoffs.

      Thus making big moves to make the playoffs this year is a chase for fools gold – a wildcard in the west this year isn’t worth a warm bucket of spit.

  • DraiCup

    “We gotta find more people to do more whether it’s the group that’s here or the group that’s somewhere …I don’t know…if we expect a different result” – Ken Hitchcock post game

    Gotta love Hitch. The elder statesmen who’s seen everything. Won a lot lost a lot and just tells it like it is.

    • Hitch seems like he’s had enough of this garbage. Even he knows that Chiarelli hasn’t done a good job. Most of this mess isn’t Hitch’s fault, he can only toughen and muscle these guys soo much but in the end this roster is complete trash.

    • Chris_Cruise

      He’s starting to come apart at the seams and starting to be honest.

      I hope it doesn’t start affecting his health. The guy already recovered from a serious ailment and this group is not worth jeopardizing his health over.

  • Heschultzhescores

    The worst thing is we cant even say look out next year. This is years away from being fixed, and may never be fixed if the same guys keep the same jobs. Not to mention the owner keeps the same mentality.

  • TruthHurts98

    If we win… playoffs… er.. drops head. Oilers lose to another basement team. Playoffs are ever a possibility or reality with this roster. Thanks to Katz, Nicholson, PC, MacT etc. Go on down the line. This franchise is boat anchor on the best player on the game. Without him we’d be drafting 1st overall every year.

      • OilTastic

        isn’t it a scary thought of how inept this team would still be now if we had not won the right to draft McDavid and ended up with likely one of Noah Hanifin or Dylan Strome in our original spot? i shutter to think that the high draft picks would still be coming our way because we’d still suck but even worse than we do now !!

    • OilersAlways

      Time for Katz to fire Chia and Nicholson, and then sell the Oilers and fire himself. A start over on the franchise floor, instead of firing coaches, assistant coaches, trading and moving players. It’s the few in the Oilers franchise who stink and deserve to be booted out and away from harming this Oilers team any further….

  • dw

    The fact that Chiarelli still has a job right now speaks volumes about our organization. The playbook on all of his deals have been to (1) make a trade, (2) watch backlash and (3) come out the following day and explain how hard it is to make trades because “the other teams are not going to help us”. It is obvious to everybody except apparently Katz and Nicholson that he is a horrible GM and they just watched him trade Cagguilia for Manning and he is still at the reins. You have had two very good coaches try to make chicken salad out of this chicken shirt with the same results. If Chiarelli is still at his post within a month of the trade deadline you know that Katz just does not give a crap and Nicholson doesn’t have a clue.

  • The future never comes

    Save your time with the wrap, you could sum it up in 2 words: Oilers suck. It’s all been said a thousand times, this team barely belongs in this league. How they are 500 is really flattering. Joke organization, why do people continue to go to these games? You really care to see this debacle live that badly? Cool, well nothing will change until you stop, so keep feeding the beast. You could watch this crap live from home save yourself 300 bucks and not support this clown show financially. Wake up.

  • camdog

    I’m pretty sure Cagguila and Strome have more goals combined than our entire bottom 6. I used to do the math to confirm but as Chia would say “math is hard, go with the gut.”

    Problem with the forward group is that after the top 3-4 is they have no identity. It’s not just that they don’t score. They aren’t tough, they aren’t fast, they aren’t skilled, they aren’t gritty, they aren’t defensive specialists, they aren’t positionally strong.

    Worst part is I don’t see the group underperforming. Some of the younger guys will figure it out in a year or 2. Some won’t. Some of the veterans would be able to perform better in a different system, but for the most part there’s half a dozen that probably don’t play in the NHL for another team.

    There just doesn’t seem to be a plan with the forward group. Lucic’s game gave caved over a year ago. Seems like the plan was to cross PC’s fingers and hope he got it back, just like with Sekera.

    • Big Nuggets

      I hear you on the ‘no identity’ comment. It’s sort of a mixed bag of players, some of which are more suited for the AHL. Although I think the forwards are taking the blame for the lack of scoring depth when its not really their fault. I reckon defense is like the foundation of a team and this defense has a serious lack of skill. You can’t build a team game on top of such a weak defense. It also doesn’t help that there is no real 3rd line center. With a healthy defense and a legit 3rd line center I think the scoring depth would emerge.

      Pete’s moves this season have really dug the screws into the coffin. The Spooner deal in hindsight has not worked out. Strome right now would be many times more useful. The Manning deal was awful from the start. I can’t get over Chia going after Manning of all players. The guy that injured McDavid and admitted to doing it on purpose. The angriest I have ever seen McDavid was after that Manning b.s. and Chia decides he wants to bring that guy to the team. I swear a random guy on the street would do a better job than Chia.

  • Gary

    The good news, we only need to go 25-12 to make the playoffs.
    The bad news, we have to go 25-12 to make the playoffs.
    The really bad news, that team 180 miles south is good, like really good, for years to come.
    What the F happenned here, was it Charelli or the OBC?
    It was the old boys club, theyve frigged us until they die.

    Are Johnny Gaudraeu at $6.75, Monahan @ 6.5 and Tchauck at $8.25. $21.25 total worth as much as Mcdavid and Drai at $21 million ?

  • Stickhandler

    yum yum, beets!!! bahahaqha!! As a Flame fan, i wouldn’t mind losing tomorrow, just so it puts your “team”, bahahaha, below them. Why do you sheep continue to pay for this putrid product year after year?????

  • slats-west

    What that Arizona game was we just saw? Was really the same as the last 10G – Connor trying to carry a team that has no heart and no passion. Too many passengers.

    Where’s the dive to block a shot Spooner? Where’s the drive to the net for a rebound – Khaira? Where’s the hard hit Lucic? ….. Where?

    It’s easy to let the other guy do it – but why not you ? Ask yourself that Oilers? Let me know when you have the answer we are all listening.

    2018-19 Oilers Secondary Players, Management and Owner……YOU SUCK!

    • “Where’s the drive to the net for a rebound – Khaira?”
      This shows the issue right there? Why are we relying on Khaira enough to stress about him picking up rebounds? That’s because we don’t have the proper players to and have to put guys in bigger roles then they should be in. He should here to bash guy’s heads, chirp other guys about their sisters, and throw in a few lucky bounces or two. Ryan Reaves would be a top-6 forward on this damn team ffs

  • Dallas Eakins Hair

    So guys let me ask you something, Should the Oilers retain the assistant coaches? The Defensive system and PP and PK and havent been the best but the assistant’s were here at the beginning with TM this year.

    So thumbs up they stay, thumbs down they should go at the end of the season

    • I’ll give the entire coaching staff(except the goalie coach) some slack. What the hell is Manny V supposed to do with guys like Lucic, Spooner, Rieder and Khaira on the powerplay? Is Trent Yawney supposed to work his defensive magic on guys like Manning and Petrovic? Gulutzan was the guy who pushed Peter to get Chiasson, without him we might have 5 or 6 more losses. We can keep revolving the doors and it won’t matter, this roster is absolutely garbage.

    • Randomfan

      I think at this.point its the roster. How.many coaches have passed through our doors and we are still basement dwellers. I watched them upclose and its freaking ugly. Good it was corporate tics not my own money. But man how is it coach’s fault when you cant make a tape to tape pass. Just sayin.

  • Clayton

    At least we can be sellers at the deadline! Have lots to offer up with our UFA group! Teams will be in a bidding war trying to land Talbot, Koskinen and Gravel!!

  • elliotsmom

    I want to open my eyes in the morning, take a sip of my coffee, open my laptop to the Oilersnation site, and read that General Disappointment is fired. Make it happen Bob!!!!!

  • Schmidt Head

    Couple of thoughts……

    Luck? What is luck?

    I’ll tell you. Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity. In this case, the preparation was hard work;… on the part of the Coyotes… the opportunity was the sloppy, lousy, disinterested play of the Oilers.

    • Clayton

      I get tired of people complaining that other teams get all the luck. How many Draft Lotteries did the Oil win? Talk about luck. The two ‘lucky’ goals last night consist of a forward going to the net, yes, the puck bounced off him twice and into the net, but both goals he was pretty much in the paint. Sometimes you create your own luck. And…for the record the off the face goal likely was going in without the facial deflection.

      • Quoteright

        Talent and effort are not the only Ingredients in success. You have to believe.
        Also it’s the blender that is always on full tilt that would make chemistry difficult.

  • Mr.Snrub

    This is a bad hockey team but they’re especially bad in the 3rd this year, seems the Flames come back or at least win the 3rd period every other game too which simply adds to the pain.

    Oh well at least God Emperor Lowe and his cronies will soon be back in complete power so we’ve got that going for us at least.

    4 playoff appearances in 18 seasons since the God Emperor joined Oilers management, he’s due for another promotion don’t ya think?

    • JasonY

      Lowe knows a thing or two about winning. If there ever is a concern. You win a bunch of cups as player playing on stack team 30 years ago or so of which you were the supporting cast makes you qualified for GM, regardless of your temperament. (Corey Perry thanks you for it.) You know the cycle right? You get to the stanley cup finals once as a management and that’s good enough for dropping hot garbage for more than a decade.

  • Prairiechicken

    I’ll never complain about going to the rink with my kids … but man … I kinda wish I would have promised to take them to the water park today instead of the Skills competition.

  • nijames

    I can’t believe I just read both he Sun and the Journal and nobody is whining about the Ref’s picking on McDavid. A refreshing change, when can we as Oiler fans just accept that other teams out work us and earn their pay cheques. Connor certainly earns his but after that the picking are slim.

  • Abagofpucks

    Hitchcock is a great coach and we are lucky to have him. Their isn’t a coach in the league that could turn this bunch into a playoff team. And i’m pretty sure Hitch would say it too but Katz would fire him if he actually came out and said it. I believe he wont sign on next year anyway because this team is screwed up at the management level. PC did this with the blessing of the other idiots running the team, and we know who they are.

  • RJ

    There’s a scene in O Brother Where Art Thou where Delmer runs into the water to be baptized, and he tells the others, come on in, the water’s fine!

    I used to follow the team pretty close, post on here every day, submit questions every week, listen on the radio, go to games etc. Then I realized that the Oilers aren’t going anywhere until they fire Chiarelli and McLellan (one down one to go). They aren’t getting anywhere until people realize Talbot’s career numbers were inflated playing for a strong team. That Lucic was starting to decay before he ever left Boston. Seriously, based on the way he used to play he was a prototypical Bruin. But the wheels were falling off a while ago. They aren’t going anywhere if they’re going to rely on Klefbom for anything. He has had one full season out of six. Does anyone seriously expect he will make it through the next four years unscathed and magically be healthy? It’s completely unrealistic to expect a healthy Klefbom.

    Anyways, with all of these headaches, I quit going to games, quit watching, quit reading every day. Games like this are no surprise. They’ve played that way for the last 13 years. My advice is for everyone take an Oilers break. Come on in, boys! The water’s fine.

    • Johnny Zylon

      I watched Jim Harrison take the opening face-off for the Alberta Oiler vs Ottawa Nationals on CFRN. Pat Marsden called the play-by-play. I high fived pickup trucks full of happy fan on Jasper Ave when the Oilers won their first Cup. Cheering for the Oilers since I was 13 and just about to turn 60. That’s 47 years. And now I really don’t have it in me anymore. These are not the Edmonton Oilers. They are the Katz Oilers. Wish he never bought them cuz Ever since he did they stink. I moved to BC 15 years ago… time to switch to Canucks? Jeesus, how did it come to this? Stink, stank, stunk.

  • Abagofpucks

    The team isn’t losing because of coaching and it’s not losing because of goaltending, its the lack of talent in the bottom 2/3s of the team. Most of this team just simply can’t get it done due to talent issues. And its not there fault there not that good they are what they are. The problem is management, that’s who brought them in and that’s where the problem lies. Until that OMG changes, this team will never be a team that can win.