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GDB Wrap Up 50.0: Rock bottom, Oilers lose 3-2 to Detroit

That. Was. Ugly. Final Score: 3-2 Red Wings

With this being the last game before the All-Star Break, the Oilers needed to do everything in their power to put together three solid periods and end the night with a win. They needed to hit the ice like their literal balls were on the line and use that horrible fear as motivation to propel them forward with endless tenacity. Seeing as the Detroit Red Wingers are ranked dead last in the NHL right now, I didn’t think that expecting a win is an unreasonable ask, though we have been fooled before. The first step in my masterplan was to make sure not to allow a goal on the first shot of the game again, and when that hurdle was cleared I felt like we were already off to a better start. When they made it all the way through a full period without allowing a goal against, I actively chose to ignore the fact that Detroit is in last place in the league and instead and embraced the idea of a possible win. It only took a scoreless period but the Oilers once again found a way to lift my spirits and shine a little bit of light back into the strange and dark relationship that we have going on.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t quite so easy to forget that Detroit is in last place when they opened the scoring with a questionable goal in the first few minutes of the second period. And it was certainly at the front of my mind when they extended their lead to two goals only a few minutes later. Uninspired and generally disappointing in every way, the Oilers played this game like they were already off on vacation and only showed up because they were being paid to be there. Even when they managed to get a goal and drag themselves back in the fight, they allowed themselves to fall apart almost instantly and it sabotaged their own comeback attempt. Outside of actually outshooting their opponent for once, I’m having a hard time finding positives in what we just watched. I don’t know how the Oilers managed to look so horrible against a team that they should be every single night, but they are the sultans of surprise and will always come up with new and interesting ways to lose.

The wrap.

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THE BRIGHT SIDE

  • Leon Draisaitl gave the Oilers some hope after Darnell Nurse’s point shot rebounded right to him at the side of the net and he pumped it into the open cage. How anyone can honestly believe that Draisaitl is part of the problem with this team is beyond me, but I’m certainly thankful to have him.
  • Matt Benning pulled the Oilers to within one after he clapped home a late goal from the high slot that made its way through traffic and over a fallen Jimmy Howard. Benning scored with just enough time to give us hope that the comeback was possible and I bit hard on the hope.
  • The penalty kill was arguably one of the best parts of the hockey game, and it’s almost a shame that the Oilers couldn’t play the entire game down by a man. They finished the night killing off all three penalties they took.
  • Could this be the game that gets Peter Chiarelli fired? Dare to dream, friends. Dare to dream. Sleep tightly tonight and say your prayers.
  • The Oilers won 55% of the faceoffs they took and they did a great job using all of that extra possession time they got as a result… okay so maybe none of that happened but they did win more draws than they lost! Yay?! Anyone?
  • I bet Todd McLellan is having fun being paid to NOT have to coach this mess.
  • Sensing that I was feeling down, Miss Milk walked into the room with a bowl of fresh guac and its silky goodness was literally the highlight of my entire evening.
  • WIN, BUDDY! As always, you can join in on the #BoozeNotBeets win cast conversation over on my Twitter account.
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THE FACE PALMERS

  • What is it going to take to get this management team out of here? Holy f***.
  • It is absolutely disgraceful how flat the Oilers came out tonight given the overall importance of this hockey game. Where was the passion? Where was the care factor?
  • Dylan Larkin opened the scoring for the Wings early in the second period after he beat Koskinen with an outside shot that the goaltender is definitely going to want back. Larkin managed to sneak that one in from way outside and he had all kinds of space to work with.
  • Luke Glendening extended the Wings’ lead to two goals only a few minutes later as took advantage of an Oilers team that seemed to have been lulled into some kind of trance. Glending added a second goal in the third period when he walked right past Brandon Manning like he was a pylon and sneaking a stinker between Koskinen and the post. To put it lighty, it was a horrible sequence. Clearly, there was a spell cast somewhere that allowed them to look so inept against a team so bad.
  • The NHL site had the giveaways listed at 12-7 against the Oilers but I don’t buy that for one minute. The Oilers were giving up the puck like bagels at breakfast and there is no way that number is accurate.
  • That first power play of the night was absolutely shocking to watch. The Oilers couldn’t connect on any of their passes, they gave up the puck at every turn, and they ended up cancelling the thing out by getting caught for too many men. I was hoping that things would improve as the night went on but getting better is the last thing that happened.
  • A day after signing a contract worth $13.5 million, Mikko Koskinen was back between the pipes and looking to rebound after a tough weekend. Whether he was starting the game or coming in to relieve Talbot, Koskinen really didn’t get much help from the team in front of him and I was hoping that he wouldn’t have to be a one-man army tonight against Detroit. But like the team ahead of him, this wasn’t Koskinen’s best night as he’ll probably want two of Detroit’s goals back. That said, I’m certainly not hanging this loss entirely on his shoulders either because the team in front of him was absolutely gross. Koskinen finished the night 24 saves and a .897 save%.
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SCORING SUMMARY

1ST PERIOD

TIME TEAM DETAILS SCORE
No Scoring

2ND PERIOD

TIME TEAM DETAILS SCORE
04:03 Detroit Dylan Larkin (21) ASST: Gustav Nyquist (32), Tyler Bertuzzi (15) 1-0
10:01 Detroit Luke Glendening (7) ASST: Darren Helm (7), Andreas Athanasiou (12) 2-0

3RD PERIOD

TIME TEAM DETAILS SCORE
04:31 Edmonton Leon Draisaitl (27) ASST: Alex Chiasson (7), Darnell Nurse (18) 2-1
06:28 Detroit Luke Glendening (8) ASST: Andreas Athanasiou (13), Filip Hronek (7) 3-1
17:34 Edmonton Matt Benning (2) ASST: Leon Draisaitl (34), Connor McDavid (44) 3-2

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Source: NHL, Official Game Page, 1/22/2019 – 10:00 pm MST


  • RexHolez

    There’s going to be a lot of complaints and moaning yet again in the comments. But bottom line, the arena was full again.

    That’s how sad this is! It’s actually getting so pathetic that I’m starting to blame this on the people who go to the games!! How messed up is that!

    I was watching on tv and making fun of the people in the stands for paying to go watch!

  • Serious Gord

    Watching the scrum with mcdavid a couple days ago the overall impression for me was here was a young man – the greatest player in the world with that world lying in front of him. And he was weary. Drained. Not sure that I have ever been that weary more than a handful of times in my 50 plus years of life.

    Sad, almost tragic really.

  • CityofWhat

    Jeremy Roenick just rupt into the Oilers
    “This is not a nhl team, they can not put two passes together, they have the lowest IQ I ever seen in a team”.
    We are the laughing stock of the NHL.

    • Heschultzhescores

      I actually agree that there is an IQ problem on the team. I see guys pass the puck from a great scoring position to a near impossible angle. I see too many men on the ice calls. I see D-men shooting from an angel that will surely make the puck leave the zone if the net is missed. I see D-men watching open men in front of the net and thinking that’s covering them. I see guys come up to the blue line and dump the puck in with nobody chasing hard. I see a lot more, but I’m sure you all see it too because you don’t have low IQ’s like about 5 or 6 of our guys that I won’t name but one of them may need a helmet fitting. Seriously draft brains, pedigree, work ethic, and skill, not any one of them alone without the IQ included.

  • CRONENBERG

    At what point can you start believing that there’s some really shady things going on and this guy is actually sabotaging the team? No educated person can be this incompetent, right?

      • fasteddy

        Don’t be ridiculous….seats in Canadian cities are almost always at a premium. It’s the only big league ticket in town, (aside from TO baseball and CFL). You expect people to give up their tickets to send a message so they can be 2000th on the waiting list if the team turns things around? Not to mention best player in the world on the ice. I’m not speaking as a ticket holder, I live 7 hours away. Easy to say give up your tickets if you don’t have them.

  • MrBung

    Too little too late with firing Chia. The damage is done and likely beyond repair. Opportunity wasted. He should have been fired at the end of last season. But now stuck with more bad contracts. He did the Koski deal as a final middle finger to ownership.

    • Kneedroptalbot

      Bringing back Chiarelli was like bringing back Eakin’s.
      They wasted another season. This one is worst because of the salary cap mess he left behind.

    • Chris_Cruise

      ☝️ Summed up perfectly! ☝️
      For anyone expecting a quick fix, don’t kid yourself, whoever comes in next has a monumental task in front of them and I expect a long and painful healing process for all of us including the team. This won’t be a quick fix and we should all prepare ourselves for that reality.

      • Chris_Cruise

        “opportunity wasted” is the true devastating realization. Every team gets a window in which to compete for the post season and hopefully a cup. While other team’s window is just opening (Leafs, Flames, etc) our window was actually opening before theirs but was shuttered and bolted shut before it even had a chance. It’s an absolute travesty and like Bung said, a missed opportunity that we’ll feel for years to come

  • Prairiechicken

    As thrilled as I would be if Pete is let go tomorrow … if this happened:
    – “They” (upper management) clearly knew Pete was on incredibly thin ice yesterday.
    – On thin ice they either let him make a decision to lock up his goalie of the future for 3 more years … or they did it for him (ie. working around the GM).
    Either scenario demonstrates the incompetence and disfunction even above Pete. So unless there’s more than Pete fired, nothing will change.

  • PleaseWinOilers

    Well, the Oilers just finished getting embarrassed at home by the worst team in the league for all of America to see. What even is left at this point? The season is done and if they don’t start cleaning house immediately it just signals that they aren’t serious about winning.

    Oh, and great game Koskinen. Worth every penny of your extension.

  • Heschultzhescores

    Reading the comments should be fun tonite. I’ve come to peace with the fact that we are just gonna suck and suck and suck for many many years.

  • Since 72

    Stick a fork in em! Not many Oilers seemed to care tonight, the new GM will never fix this mess! How did this ever happen, I might have to remove my Oilers licence plate from my truck to avoid embarrassment.

  • Gary

    Drai goal were like Chaissons goals, tap ins.
    Lets face it folks, sigh, we have to trade McDavid the best hockey player in the world, this team will not win the Stanley this year, next year or likely for many years after. We are in year 4 of this extraordinary talents career, he has 10 to 11 years left, will we win a Stanley in that time? Not this year, not next year and likely not the years after. Our team is an absolute tire fire. Its simply not fair to defy him his owed greatness.
    I know Ill get trashed to hell and beyond for this post.
    But this mans family have put countless time into this man, its simply not fair to keep him here. We are an inept and incompetent organization.
    Free him, cut him loose.

  • Ohlyr

    I wonder if Bobby Nicks is capable of making an actual decision tomorrow.
    Has he actually made one since he has been here?
    I’m sure we will be really pleased when he does……LOL

  • Mr.Snrub

    Mark [email protected] – 3m
    Active consideration inside the Oilers organization tonight re: firing Chiarelli. Could happen at any time.

    Ryan [email protected] -7m
    It is my belief a change is imminent at the GM position in Edmonton. It’s no longer a matter of it, but when Peter Chiarelli’s is let go. I’d expect news shortly.

    Na na na na, na na na na…

    • Serious Gord

      Had they won tonight they might have waited until after the all star game and whacked him during the bye week.

      Such a miserable loss tonight and the rage of the fan reaching new heights for the year (and in some respects the worst ever) and that time table may be advanced despite the distraction it will cause at the all star game and the loss of face for Nicholson Katz and Lowe.

  • DrillExpat

    Since Kevin Lowe re-joined the Oilers as head coach in 1999-2000 season, followed by increasing levels of responsibility, the Oiler have 603 wins, 629 regulation losses, 47 ties and 147 Overtime / Shoot Out losses. I believe he is the main problem with the losing culture of the Oilers. Mr. Katz, please fire Kevin Lowe! He is not getting the job done!

    • Dallas Eakins Hair

      Think about this how did Keegan Lowe end up as Captain of the Condors, what for his awesome play and yet if that were the case why havent we head squat about his play in bakersfield? Or could be Dad made the call to have his son named captain…..KLowe and MacTstill make a lot of decision behind the scenes, I dont think Chia can cut a fart without those two’s say so

  • DoubleDIon

    Chiarelli made his own bed. Some baffling decisions for sure. But firing him wont fix anything. Painful as it is, you guys need another rebuild to fix this mess. Team is capped out with tons of bad contracts. The only moveable players are young or guys you dont want to move like Klefbom, Draisitl, RNH and McDavid. You can’t fix this without tearing it down again.

    • JumboJim

      Jesus, this is getting dark. DoubleDion getting upvotes. And Drew Remenda’s rant in the second intermission being the most entertaining part of tonight’s game.

    • Anton CP

      It is not the first time and it won’t be the last time. Don’t forget that Canucks were kind of like that during the early part of DoD. It is just now the Flames turn. The Oilers have been earning sympathies since 2010!

      • NeverWas

        After being competitive for 20 years the Canucks were going to going to game 7 of the Stanley cup final during the early days of the DoD and then bottomed out 2 years ago and now our going to make the playoffs with an exciting young core that has long term upside. Dont ever compare them to the oilers. Ever.

        • Anton CP

          I wasn’t comparing the Oilers to Canucks. I was talking about how Canucks used to feel sorry for the Oilers and now it is the Flames turn. Meanwhile everyone in the hockey world is feeling sorry for McDavid.

  • CityofWhat

    Other NHL GM’s can’t sleep tonight knowing Chia will be fired tomorrow.
    Other GM’s
    “ damn it I was about to close a deal with Chia to acquire McDavid, WTF…. I just got fleeced by Chia by being fired”.

  • KPUZ

    Do you really think it is just PC acted alone? The real stories will leak out eventually as no Oiler management above PC has the balls to stand up for devastating this team long term.

    There are so many levels of incompetence from a greedy absentee owner, upper management, OBC and scouting, both professional and amateur.

    Do you really think it is PC who wanted Griffin Reinhart from Edmonton Oil Kings? Who signs off on PC’s disastrous Eberle, Hall trades for jack squat? Who oversees the Koskinen, Lucic, Rieder, Manning, Petrovic etc. signings?

    Sickening to say the least. Done.

  • Mr.Snrub

    Mark [email protected] – 3m
    Active consideration inside the Oilers organization tonight re: firing Chiarelli. Could happen at any time.

    Ryan [email protected] -7m
    It is my belief a change is imminent at the GM position in Edmonton. It’s no longer a matter of it, but when Peter Chiarelli’s is let go. I’d expect news shortly.

    Na na na na, na na na na…

  • GK1980

    Yeah. Rock bottom. I’ve set my PVR to record jets games. Good luck to mcdavid but I’m going to focus more on the Jets. It’s just not fun watching the oil anymore.

  • Axe

    Looks like pistol Pete is done if the reporting is to be believed.. But at what cost? After he gutted the team? And what about his accomplises? Are we to believe all these horrible moves are his (ex: Reinhart trade)? As a soon to be ex season ticket holder I won’t be satisfied until there is real change with this management of this team.. Nicholson and the OBC need to go.. We need fresh, outside, competent, management.