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GDB 70.0 Wrap Up: We’re not mad… we’re just… disappointed, Oilers lose 6-3 to New Jersey

Blown opportunity there, boys. Final Score: 6-3 Devils

Given that the New Jersey Devils played last night, are generally terrible, and were stuck in the middle of a seven-game losing streak, I couldn’t see any reason why the Oilers shouldn’t have won this hockey game. Add in the fact that the Oilers are playing some of their best hockey of the season right now, I was coming into tonight’s matchup with the expectation of two more big points in the bank and another step closer to that second Wild Card spot, and anything less than that would be unacceptable. What I’m telling you is that I felt confident that we’d be celebrating a win with this wrap up. So when the first period ended with both teams trading a pair of goals, I wasn’t exactly feeling encouraged but I wasn’t necessarily worried either. The boys were getting plenty of chances on net and had it not been for Cory Schneider, the Oilers would have been able to put more than two on the board.

As the game moved into the second period, the Oilers needed to find a way to stop the bleeding that started when Travis Zajac was able to score a late tally with only seconds left in the opening frame. Unfortunately, that is the complete opposite of what actually happened. Instead of hitting the ice like possessed lunatics, the boys took their foot off the gas, got pushed around, didn’t get the saves needed to cover up mistakes, and found themselves down by a pair of goals with 20 minutes left to play. What once was a lead was now gone. Heading into the third, the Oilers had no other option but to cheat for offence to try and claw their way back in the game, but despite their best intentions, they couldn’t stop the Devils from scoring it’s pretty damned tough to win in the NHL when you have to convert a touchdown to make that happen.

From the crease outward, the Oilers were sloppy and outplayed by a team that they should beat every night of the week and that was extremely frustrating to watch given the importance of this hockey game.

The wrap.

THE BRIGHT SIDE

  • Shortly after Agostino opened the scoring, Sam Gagner tied the game back up at one apiece after he made his way to the front of the net and had Matt Benning’s point shot deflect in off of him before slowly sneaking through Cory Schneider’s legs and into the back of the net.
  • Alex Chiasson gave the Oilers the lead after he parked himself right in front of the net and perfectly deflected Connor McDavid’s pass past Schneider for his 20th goal of the season.
  • Matt Benning pulled the Oilers back to within two goals at the end of the second after he unleashed a beautiful one-timer that Schneider had absolutely no chance of stopping. Up until this goal, the Devils were more or less running the show and all we could really do was hope that Benning’s late-period goal would have the same effect on the Oilers that Zajac’s did for NJ at the end of the first.
  • A massive shout out to Connor McDavid for hitting 100 points for the third straight season after he finished his night with another two assists on the pile. There are so many nights when he is one of the only reasons to watch Oilers games and I really pray that the new GM can change that horrible reality as we move forward.
  • I’m going to give Anthony Stolarz a shout out because he came into the game in a horrible situation. Unfortunately, he didn’t play enough minutes to count against the 10 appearances needed to maintain his RFA status. He finished his night with 15 saves and a .882 save%.
  • After sitting out the last couple games with an injury, Milan Lucic made his mark early tonight with a hell of a scrap against Kurtis Gabriel that seemed to last forever before the linesmen eventually stepped in. As always, you can check out the fight again on Lucic’s fight page over on HockeyFights.com.
  • Taylor Hall didn’t score against us! Sucker! Yes, I know he hasn’t played since December.

THE FACE PALMERS

  • Did you guys know that the Devils had lost seven in a row? Surprised? You aren’t, are you?
  • Kenny Agostino got the Devils on the board after firing the puck over a sliding Andrej Sekera that took a friendly bounce off of Koskinen’s blocker and into the back of the net. Tough goal against Koskinen to open the scoring.
  • Travis Zajac tied the game up at two apiece with only 19 seconds left in the first period on a goal that never should have happened in the first place. Zajac was left alone in front of the net and got a pass fired into him with plenty of time to make a nice little deke to his backhand that beat a sprawling Koskinen. The Oilers had a couple of chances to clear the zone on the play, which made the goal extra frustrating to see.
  • David Severson restored the Devils lead with the Devils’ second power play goal of the night after he fired a wrist shot through traffic that beat Koskinen on the blocker side. It looked like the puck deflected off of something on the way to the net, but that doesn’t change the fact that the Devils were able to manage two goals with the man advantage.
  • John Quenneville got the Devils’ fourth goal of the night and ended up being the one that got Koskinen pulled from the game. To make matters worse, Quenneville hadn’t scored in 100 years and the goal he did score came from an angle that should not have beaten an NHL goaltender so it wasn’t exactly surprising to see this be the one that ended the goalie’s night.
  • Kevin Rooney scored the fifth Devils goal of the night, and by the time this went in I was already in the kitchen trying to find the can opener. Sometimes a blogger knows when he’s beat.
  • Can I just say that Blake Coleman’s shorthanded goal was one of the most annoying things I’ve seen all season? The Oilers desperately needed a power play goal, but, instead, they allowed a shortie against and looked like dickheads in the process.
  • Mikko Koskinen was back between the pipes tonight and looking for his sixth straight win, but he was very shaky in the 34ish minutes he played. Of the four goals he allowed, there are easily a few that he would want to have back and it wasn’t at all surprising to see him get the hook. Koskinen finished the night with 14 saves and a .778 save%.
  • Not a great night for the defensive group as a whole, but Larsson specifically because of the roasting he took on a couple of goals against. To me, the Sekera/Benning pairing was easily the most consistent the Oilers had tonight and that’s not a great look when that’s your third pairing.
  • Would you guys mind if I say that the penalty kill was complete dogshit tonight? No? Cool. I knew you’d understand. New Jersey finished with two goals on four attempts tonight and those goals completely derailed the game for Edmonton.
  • Speaking of special teams, I would normally give the Oilers a shout out for the power play goal they scored but since the Devils got a shortie to even things out, I don’t think it’s merited.
  • Guys, I’m super cereal… Tobias Rieder may never score again.
  • Eating beets because of the Devils for the second time this year is very upsetting. As always, you can join in on the #BeetCast conversation over on my Twitter account.

SCORING SUMMARY

1ST PERIOD

TIME TEAM DETAILS SCORE
07:34 New Jersey Kenny Agostino (5) ASST: Andy Greene (18), Kevin Rooney (3) 1-0
09:37 Edmonton Sam Gagner (5) ASST: Jujhar Khaira (14), Matt Benning (10) 1-1
14:22 Edmonton PPG – Alex Chiasson (20) ASST: Connor McDavid (65), Oscar Klefbom (15) 1-2
19:42 New Jersey PPG – Travis Zajac (17) ASST: Damon Severson (26) 2-2

2ND PERIOD

TIME TEAM DETAILS SCORE
06:23 New Jersey PPG – Damon Severson (11) ASST: Drew Stafford (7), Connor Carrick (7) 3-2
12:49 New Jersey John Quenneville (1) ASST: Kurtis Gabriel (2), Will Butcher (23) 4-2
16:32 New Jersey Kevin Rooney (5) ASST: Kenny Agostino (14), Kyle Palmieri (23) 5-2
19:19 Edmonton Matt Benning (4) ASST: Connor McDavid (66), Andrej Sekera (2) 5-3

3RD PERIOD

TIME TEAM DETAILS SCORE
12:06 New Jersey SHG – Blake Coleman (21) ASST: Andy Greene (19) 6-3

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Source: NHL, Official Game Page, 3/13/2019 – 10:15 pm MT

  • MrBung

    Done. Need to get this team out of cap hell and the poor goaltending arrangement. Couple seasons away. Anyone that thinks different is living in fantasyland and they know it.

    • TruthHurts98

      Problem is most fans are in fantasyland. Look at how many suckers still go to the games. They’re at least 2 seasons away ONLY if they hire competent people. But don’t hold your breath with Bobby Nick running this Titanic. He signed off on all PC’s idiotic moves.

  • Todd the electron rod

    Good news is I think I just cemented that $20 from that fellow that was betting the oil would make the playoffs. I hope he shows up again soon…

  • hagar

    I ended my boycott of going to a game only because it was box seats. Not sure how it looked on TV, but in person it looked like two teams playing a lazy practice game in person.

  • Ratt McNuge

    Well, this team doesn’t deserve to make the playoffs anyway. It’s really too bad. McDavey and Drai are having such great seasons. No good wingers. Half a good defence. A backup goalie is our #1.

    • hagar

      Don’t pile in kosk for this. If you don’t see his abilities you are just being petty. He just gave the team its chance only possible with solid goaltending, and has a crap game.

      • Ratt McNuge

        And I’m not saying Talbot was any better. Goaltending has been a problem for the Oilers. That and only half a decent D-corps. And no pure scoring wingers or guys able to help out in the bottom 6 consistently. This is definitely not all Kosk’s fault, but he definitely shares the blame.

        • hagar

          I get it. Just hard to blame the most important position on the ice when the feel Is controlled by the players in front. Lots of Talbot could be explained the same for many of the performances, but kosk is clearly the better goalie, and a large percentage of our points came from his performances.

      • Ratt McNuge

        So many problems with this team. The ONLY reason there was even whispers of playoffs is because Drai and McDavey are so damn good. It’s such a shame that a great team couldn’t be built around them. What a waste. What pity.

        • hagar

          The main problem is culture. The word is played out, but it is hard to think of a better word. Fix the backbone of the team first, that will truly be the beginning of the rebuild

          • hagar

            No doubt kosk was weak sauce tonight, but the entire team stunk like they all shared the day old shrimp. I swear klowe or someone walks through the room before these performances. They just shut down as a team sometimes.

          • hagar

            I think kosk will be part of the solution going forward. Call it a hunch, but he moves crazy well for a big guy, and has that extra little movement only good goalies get. There hasn’t been a goalie in like 15 years on this team that became the best they could be. The Talbot run was the exception, but it didn’t last. Of all the goalies cast off that became successful, I personally see the most potential of all of them while still playing here.

  • Abagofpucks

    Well kosko is some crazy enigma, our big guns can’t score(how many posts?).Lucic is a better help when he isn’t on the ice. The site of those butt ugly jerseys say it all(orange should be banned in alberta).I know it’s not really true but, this team doesn’t seem to have any pride in themselves.
    I could go on and on but what for they lost, i can’t defend them and the team can’t seem to win a game when they should. Bottom line is …. the supporting cast on this team just isn’t good enough.

  • slats-west

    Against a team like that a 75% effort and some PP goal(s) should have earned you a 5-2 win most nights turned into:
    – defensive reads which were beyond stupid (that be you Darnell Nurse on terrible dump in for 1 goal, Klefbom and Larsson down low for 2 goals)
    – McDavid gets a pass because while not a great night he gets faceblocked and stick hacked every shift (NHL can someone tell me why this is “legal play”)
    – Mikko far too often stays so deep in his net that that’s why those routine shots went in when they should be just normal routine saves for any other NHL goalie ….I’m not really sure why he keeps doing that
    – Toby Rieder’s Next and ONLY goal will be in bubble hockey and not the NHL

  • Anton CP

    Playoffs were always just a liquor talk since Feb, I was only looking for if Leon can score 50 and also getting 100 points. It would be nice to have 2 players over 100 points on the same team. When was the last time that the Oilers have 2 players over 100 points in a season?

  • camdog

    When Larsson’s on the penalty kill I don’t see this really good defensive d-man, I keep hearing about. Maybe my eyes deceive me, but if a defensive defenceman looks bad on penalty kill, maybe he isn’t a good defensive d-man? This season he’s been my number 1 disappointment, maybe he’s got a back issue, maybe he’s just getting slower with age. Regardless I’d try and move him in the off season, while he still as value on trade market.

  • Glencontrolurstik

    MLB regular season starts two weeks today… something to look forward to…
    I really hate being constantly embarrassed being an Oiler Fan, it sucks…

  • Oiler Al

    McDavid and Driasaitl are the only keepers. Everyone else should be open to the spring “garage sale”.[excluding some prospects]. The biggest problem with these guys is not so much that thet don’t have the ability, the prboblem is WORK ETHIC and DEAD BRAIN CELLS.
    I also cant see where guys like Yawny ,and Vivero have made a big difference,becuase nothing has changed since the start of the season. In fact its worse, and Uncle Hitch has run out of quotes.

  • Ted

    Klefbooms testies were not up to it tonight … But can’t explain the no show of Larsson. As Kbooms testies go so does Larsson??? … Can anyone also explain to me for every PP we get and they give us the opportunity to start in the oppositions end that we constantly lose the face off and have to retreat to our end! … Should have another Oiler rule ” we wave our rights to be given an advantage we would like to start in our own end” …. Maybe even concede a SHG while we’re at it! … Team was a no show even more so Larsson can’t be that useless … the whole defense core was AWEFUL! Yes all you Nurse lovers he was a no show too.

    • Derian Hatcher

      I may be in the minority but to my eyes Nurse makes too many poor plays and misreads to be considered a “stud” His lack of hockey IQ is demonstrated nearly every game. He is part of a defense core that is beyond frustrating to watch.

  • At least the Oiler fans can celebrate another 100 point season for McD. However he does say the right things after a loss. What a leader and captain. My guess is that the team will look to trade for and draft wingers that will make McD get another 100 point season at the expense of the team making the playoffs.

  • madjam

    Who is disappointed ? We still got NHL hockey in this city no matter how bad our own club performs – bottom line ! Maybe been a dry and somewhat dismal Oiler club over last 14 years , but we still have a franchise and occasionaly some darn good players to excite the local fans . Sounds like there is quite a few going to give up seasons tickets just because local club not doing so well once again . The exhorbitant cost of tickets, etc. has driven many of us away , and tv is our last link, and even hockey is losing some of it’s priority in programming . The novelty of losing soon sours in it’s priority .

    • hagar

      Speed didn’t look like a problem in slow motion real life. Looked like a game of bumper pool with the players being to ball and bumpers. They spent all three periods just stumping around like everyone was half drunk… at least that was the view from a half drunk guy. Looked slow and awkward, not fast.

  • Joy S. Lee

    This certainly doesn’t apply to all, and I get the whole long-term tire fire mentality – everyone feeling a bit lost and out in the cold with this team – but the mood and banter border on hilariously pathetic, minus the hilarious. It’s like seeing a flock of wah-wah’s.