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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  • 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.
Edmonton Oilers prospect Raphael Lavoie loaned to HockeyAllsvenskan


  • 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%.
Edmonton Oilers Phillip Broberg looks like Bobby Orr as he scores diving goal



No Scoring


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


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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  • Rufio Barcoli

    Chiarelli didn’t lose this game, the players did.
    The also lost all the other games us well.
    Why is there no discussion or focus on the poor play of Nurse and/or Draisailt?

    Nurse plays with the intensity of a wet fart and couldn’t hit the net if his mother’s life depended on it.
    Draisailt is a turnover machine.

    Where is the articles focusing on the poor players of most of the players?
    What’s with the cowardly ignorant coverage of this team?
    If all the players were performing like they’re suppose to we would be winning?
    We are losing because of whom? The players. The players who are playing recreational shinny hockey.
    Will any of thee so called insider experts comment or write about that? Nope. They are not permitted.

    • Clayton

      I agree…players keep getting let off the hook. Yes Chia hasn’t provided a great roster but the guys that are here are looking dismal. Can Nuge look any more disinterested? Can Drai cough up the puck any more times? Even McDavid looks poor lately…on the ice again for the first two goals tonite.

      • Florescent Oil Orange

        This group of players hasn’t sucked since 2006. This group of players did not trade nhl talent for more term and more dollars in an ahl player.

        I could go on and on. Players have a small amount of responsibility

    • Guest

      So don’t fire the GM? That’s your stance? Please. You work for the Oilers and troll these sites to save PCs job.

      Oilers Nation – you are smart hockey consumers and the team is literally trying to distract you with false identities.

      Beat it Rufio. Collect your season ticket money somewhere else.

    • Big Nuggets

      This is the time of year when the players realize the season will likely be lost. They might have checked out for this vacation a bit early too. Not to mention they probably dread a possible Chia trade more than us fans do. I’m not saying they don’t deserve some blame for this loss but generally the good players on this team have played well this season. You can say Nurse is not a true number 1 but he is not supposed to be at 23 or 24 years old. The team is missing the other 2 supposed number 1 defensemen and Nurse is doing what he can, which is a decent job. You can also complain that Nuge or Drai can’t score without McDavid, but at least they do score with McDavid, and occasionally without him. The rest of the team does neither.

    • Harry2

      Draisaitl is 13th in league scoring on a team with terrible defence. Like someone else posted ahead of me, stop ragging on the few good players Edm has.
      McD, LD, RNH, Chaison, Nurse, Klef, Larsson.

  • Anton CP

    I’m really pissed so I’ll post this again:

    I will now point out for the reason that why Nuge is terrible. He is the example for the Oilers fans willing to settle for mediocrity instead of a desire for better. Here is a list of players that was drafted at the same year as Nuge:Gabriel Landeskog, Jonathan Huberdeau, Mark Scheifele, Sean Couturier, Dougie Hamilton, Rickard Rakell, John Gibson, Vincent Trochek, JOHNNY GAUDREAU, and NIKITA KUCHEROV! Other than Hamilton and Gibson that everyone else on the list have all cracked the 60 points at certain point of their career but somehow Nuge is great? Everyone on that list only Gaudreau and Scheifele are paid more than Nuge but somehow no one ever felt that Nuge is overpaid? The only reason that Nuge is still remain as an Oiler simply because no one willing to pay any good price for Nuge because he is not worth 6m per year. You can blame the Oilers management failed on him but he has never lived up to the expectation. So for those still cheering behind the greatness of Nuge, you get what you deserve: a mediocre team for the mediocre fanbase.

  • Reg Dunlop

    Kevin Lowe was vastly superior to Pete as a GM. Will he be the interim manager? If Katz thinks he can sell tickets and overpriced beer with Kev behind the wheel, the job is his. And then look for number 4 to be hung from the rafters game 1 next year.

  • Florescent Oil Orange

    Ron hextall took over as flyers g.m. dumped contracts built prospect pool and got the team back into the playoffs. Worth an interview at least

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

    • 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

    • 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.

  • Anton CP

    Remember when the Oilers won first overall pick in 2015 that how many people in hockey world immidiately feel sorry for McDavid? The entire culture surrounding the Oilers is such a negative and poisonous environment that the team will never going to reach any kind of successes until anyone that is still physically related to the “good old days” are perished. The Oilers will remain irrelevant for the possible 20 years to come. Maybe your grand children can finally enjoy a good team on ice 20 years from now.

  • Lazarus

    The multitude rejoiced as hung on the cross before them, the crowd that had not so long ago welcomed him into the city to celebration and fanfare..


    I will always remain grateful for the last minute, one last bad contract as he left. Thankyou Peter for taking a fringe playoff team and dismantling it further and further and further and wasting years of the blue chip you lucked into.
    I will miss you

  • 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.

    • Anton CP

      Yeah, so Nuge will finally cracked that 60 points mark but noooo….Nuge was doing it by himself….Nuge is definately not riding on McDavid’s coattail even he started the season by playing on McDavid’s wing….oh, then the team stopped scoring….GET DRAISAITL BACK WITH MCDAVID! Now you can claim Draisaitl is riding on McDavid’s coattail EVEN when Draisaitl was also scoring by driving his own line….but nooo….NUGE IS THE GREATEST! DRAISAITL SUCKS!

          • Big Nuggets

            I’ve got plenty of time for Draisaitl. He is a stud. How many players in the league really ‘drive a line’? We have 3 forwards playing 20 minutes a night. These players are going to make mistakes when they are being leaned on so heavily. Draisaitl is going to be a great player for many years. If your analysis is anything other than this team massively lacks depth you should reevaluate.

  • Derzie

    You guys do know that when Chia is turfed, an ex-Oiler or a Gretzky will take the helm, right? I’m out. Good luck. You are witnessing something that future generations will analyze to attempt to understand how incompetence in an organization can run so deep, for so long and STILL make money.

  • Heschultzhescores

    You can only say the team is not good enough when they give 100% and lose. How many times have we seen that? Today was 1 period of hard play. The other nite was zero. The Calgary game was maybe 2 periods. Do they have a conditioning problem or a mental problem? Why are we not engaged in the game from the get-go? And why can’t we stay engaged in the game?

  • Harry2

    Come on guys. Mario Lemieux didnt play a playoff game until his 5th season in a league where 16 of 21 teams made the playoffs. All is not doom and gloom. Right? Guys?

    Ah hell wheres the vodka

  • jbogus

    Holy cow spit out my drink laughing at the good content thanks dude needed that.

    So that said, bring back Belanger, who was that Russian who couldn’t skate backwards (ya him), Peka, the dude that did the spinner-Rama shoot out goal, MacT as GM or Tambers…

    Hits keep coming. Thanks Oil for Oilering. My gosh !

  • slats-west

    That was some bizarre post game interviews.

    Hitch – avoiding the roster is enough question
    Nurse – smiling saying he’s looking forward to a break (Mexico) and getting away
    Chia-son – saying players need to look in the mirror and ask if they are di8g enough. Also finished with “maybe it’s good if guys get away from each other”
    And then McDavid looking like he just got ran over by a Truck (heh NHL Referrees this is the face of the NHL and your pay cheque Wake UP!) and says yeah it’s good for a break BUT perhaps guys should all stay together and try bond and work this out…..interesting. He’s a Beauty!

  • Anton CP

    Well, what’s next? How not to ruin the Oilers any further?

    This season is a goner, even the team can somehow get on a winning streak (another Hitchcock like jolt) but the team is far off to be relevant. Anyone is movable other than McDavid. Keep Puljujarvi and Yamamoto in minors for at least a season more, if not two. Do not call up Bouchard, Jones, and Bear at least for another season or two. Buy out Lucic since he cannot be moved. Trade Larsson if anyone wants him. Trade Chiasson if he can get a return. Rotating some juniors and AHLers to the main roster and see who can play. Just abandon the rest of the season and focus on development for next season. MAYBE THEN, there will be some hope couple of seasons from now.

    • Harry2

      Theyre 3 points out of a playoff spot with 30 games left and you’re going to send the message to your core players that thats it your mailing it in!? Gimme a break. Youve been brainwashed and used to a loser mentality for too long.

      Winning is the only option. Maybe send that message instead of “ok boys pack it in seasons over”.

      How do you do that you ask? Listen to your captain and get rid of anyone who isnt on board. I dont care what your contact says if your not part of the solution you’re a problem and need to be tossed aside.

      • Anton CP

        And you wonder why the team has been so bad for so many years…you have just pointed out the reason. The delutional fans are always demanding the team to get it done when the long term planning suggested the opposite. Remembering HOPE? How soon did that one lasted? The team not for a moment have a realistic approach of how to build the team since 2006. This again is the exact point with the Oilers fanbase: a mediocre team is acceptable. So they make it to the playoffs, then? Is that it?

    • Big Nuggets

      I’m not in a hurry to trade away players. This tendency to call for the trading off of all assets is not helpful. We need to add good players not remove them. If we are planning the strategy for next season the first step is an analysis of what we have. So what do we have? 4 top 6 forwards and a couple bottom 6ers, plus 6 million wasted on Luc. If we swap out one of those forwards for someone else can you really expect the whole team to be suddenly better.

      The defense is another question. Sekera will be a mystery for a while yet. Klefboms injury history means if we trade him he will undoubtedly be largely undervalued by other GMs. He plays well enough when healthy that I would rather roll the dice on him having a healthy stretch of great hockey. Nurse has many detractors but I don’t get it personally. If you’re picking apart every detail of his game I think you are missing the bigger picture with him. Players don’t reach their prime at 23, he will get better. Players look worse when they are surrounded by bad players. Nurse has Manning and Gravel as the other LD. It’s safe to say Nurse is carrying too big a load right now but the fact he is playing well over 20 minutes a night at a young age is commendable. Out of the LD I would hang onto Klef, Nurse and Jones. The RD I guess I would keep are Larsson, Bouchard and Bear. Russell has proven his worth but, with young defensemen climbing up the depth chart the salary might be better allocated elsewhere. Chia has tied this team up in so many knots regarding the salary cap that I don’t think there are many moves to be made. The guy managed to turn Eberle into, effectively, 3 million dollars of wasted cap space. Legendary stuff really.

      The moves I would look to make are for an upgrade somewhere on defense and a quality 3rd line center. If they can somehow free up cap space and do that, it would be great, otherwise I think the only way this team gets better is when there are enough young guys stepping into the NHL and contributing. It is the only way to get players cheap enough and skilled enough to make a difference. Big 1 for 1 trades don’t fix a lack of depth.

      • Anton CP

        I pretty much agree with almost everything that you have pointed out and nice to see a logical analyse. The truth is that the Oilers are still, too young and nowhere near the contending strength yet. The biggest mistake that Chiarelli made was that he rushed the process and it delievered the first playoffs appearance in a decade but at the same time the tactic backfired badly last season. However that will any of the Oilers fans tolerate if Chiarelli came out and told fans to wait for 3 more seasons at the beginning? Every trade that Chiarelli made are all pointed toward a “quick fix” without a long term plan, and now the Oilers are lacking in prospect pool that no one can be sure which of them can deliver.

  • 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.

  • 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