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GDB 72.0 Wrap Up: Kosk-and-in, Oilers lose 6-3 in Vegas

I love watching the Vegas Golden Knights. They are one of the best stories in sports the past couple years and should be talked about way more. This is an expansion team and they’ve been much better than the Edmonton Oilers who have been rebuilding for, well, ever.

Maybe we’re seeing future Oilers GM Kelly McCrimmon’s work tonight. It’s incredible the Golden Knights made the Stanley Cup Finals and then they added Max Pacioretty, Paul Stastny, and Mark Stone. That’s arguably a top line and none of those players came from the expansion draft. Okay, they used assets accumulated from the expansion draft, but my point remains.

Vegas’ atmosphere is always fun to see. This is how hockey should be enjoyed. I thought a team in Vegas would be dumb, but they’ve surpassed any expectations I had.

I didn’t expect the Oilers to win this game. Vegas looks seriously good since the Mark Stone trade. Mikko Koskinen had a rough performance and I’m surprised the Oilers didn’t give Anthony Stolarz the start. I guess you want to see how Koskinen performs with a sizeable workload, but, well, early returns aren’t good.

The Oilers weren’t good, but Malcolm Subban didn’t look good tonight and gave the Oilers a small chance at a win tonight. They needed to get more shots on him than they did.

THE BRIGHT SIDE

  • Post! Zack Kassian rings iron early in the first.
  • I’ve liked Ryan Nugent-Hopkins on the first-unit power play all season.
  • Leon Draisaitl scores early in the second. I didn’t even know he scored. Malcolm Subban looked shaky.
  • McDavid gets his eighth straight multi-point game. What a beast. This team can and probably will be a disaster for the foreseeable future but McDavid makes watching them a treat every night.
  • If the Golden Knights can build a good defence and acquire a bunch of scoring wingers in no time, so can the Oilers!
  • Draisaitl scores his 43rd goal of the year. Draisaitl’s gonna get 50. #L50N
  • I thought the Gagner line had some nice shifts. Gagner has 7 points in 15 games and looks like a solid contributor. If Gagner can be a contributor next season that’s another capable guy making okay-isy money. And hey, right shot too!

THE FACE PALMERS

  • Another slow start. This was clearly a team that played last night against a team that didn’t. It took the Oilers five minutes to get a shot on net.
  • The Oilers didn’t have any jump after the Mark Stone goal.
  • Colby Cave took a bad penalty after the Nugent-Hopkins goal.
  • Cody Eakin gets a late goal to put the Golden Knights up 2-1.
  • The Oilers pressured well to start the second, then the Knights get a good chance and Jonathan Marchessault finishes easily past Mikko Koskinen.
  • Is it just me or do the colours seem off on the broadcast? It’s like a faint Instagram filter is on.
  • Koskinen’s glove hand.
  • Through 40 minutes, the Oilers had 13 shots. Yikes.
  • The Oilers had 19 shots total. That’s just abysmal. I know they played the night before but you need to have more pressure than that. Koskinen wasn’t good. At all. But can you really blame it on Koskinen when you only generate 19 shots?

SCORING SUMMARY

1ST PERIOD

TIME TEAM DETAILS SCORE
05:40 VEGAS MARK STONE (31) ASST: WILLIAM KARLSSON (26) 1-0
13:14 EDMONTON PPG – RYAN NUGENT-HOPKINS (22) ASST: CONNOR MCDAVID (68), OSCAR KLEFBOM (17) 1-1
19:05 VEGAS CODY EAKIN (18) ASST: TOMAS NOSEK (9), RYAN CARPENTER (12) 2-1

2ND PERIOD

TIME TEAM DETAILS SCORE
00:22 EDMONTON LEON DRAISAITL (43) ASST: CONNOR MCDAVID (69) 2-2
02:12 VEGAS JONATHAN MARCHESSAULT (21) ASST: WILLIAM KARLSSON (27), REILLY SMITH (29) 3-2

3RD PERIOD

TIME TEAM DETAILS SCORE
00:40 VEGAS JONATHAN MARCHESSAULT (22) ASST: REILLY SMITH (30) 4-2
05:52 EDMONTON KRIS RUSSELL (3) ASST: SAM GAGNER (3), JUJHAR KHAIRA (15) 4-3
09:45 VEGAS BRAYDEN MCNABB (4) ASST: SHEA THEODORE (23), RYAN REAVES (10) 5-3
16:32 VEGAS ALEX TUCH (19) 6-3

#GOODCONTENT

 

  • Rick Stroppel

    KEN HITCHCOCK’S TEN PART PLAN FOR LONG-TERM OILERS SUCCESS
    Step 1: Play McDavid 25 minutes a night. (Hey, he keeps getting sick…wonder why?)
    Step 2: Play Draisaitl 25 minutes a night. (How come he doesn’t throw his body around and back-check like some other guys?)
    Step 3: Try harder!
    Step 4: Play harder!
    Step 5: Fricken guys…coaches want it more than you…try harder!
    Steps 6 to 10: Same as steps 3, 4, 5.

    • Axe

      I hope u r not blaming these losses on Hitchcock… U do see the glaring holes in this line up and how poorly it is constructed? I doubt even Scotty Bowman in his prime can lead this team to the playoffs.. But even after this loss all the Kool aid drinking fans will insist we will still make it this year..

      • Rick Stroppel

        HITCHCOCK IS YESTERDAY’S MAN
        I agree, nobody could get this team into the playoffs. But Hitchcock has no answers. The last three times he has coached an NHL team, he failed to get it into the playoffs. St. Louis took off and made the playoffs…after he was fired. He should be up in the pressbox, trading jokes and funny stories with Terry Jones.

        Hitchcock was brought in supposedly to “evaluate” the team. How does playing McDavid and Draisaitl 25 minutes a night facilitate that? They already know how good they are. How does playing the AHL call-ups 6-8 minutes a night help “evaluate” them?

        Maybe this loss was a blessing in disguise. Give Gulutzan a chance.

  • slats-west

    I’m not sure what makes me more pi$$ed off about that Vegas goalie interference play:
    – that our D can’t hit the net from the point like Vegas can
    – that we don’t seem to have players that go to the net who in turn cause Our own “goalie” interference goals for review
    – that we have a goalie that can’t stop a shot to the crest of his jersey
    – that we lose a lot of “obvious” goalie interference calls

    ALL OF THE ABOVE ….?

    • jesse says yep

      C)that we have a goalie that can’t stop a shot to the crest of his jersey

      that’s the irritating thing. he did stop it, and had it frozen with a ref standing not four feet away who decided to not blow his whistle.

  • Datsyukian

    The Oilers looked so slow compared to the Knights. How come the Knights can skate, think and pass so quickly, and do it in unison. It’s like each of their players has two hearts and each Oiler only has half. The Oilers take sooo long to do everything: they take the puck, fiddle with it for 10 seconds, then drag it through the neutral zone or dump it, only to be pinned to the boards. The Knights do everything in a tick-tack-toe manner. And it’s not like they are a team full of superstars. Is Cody Eakin a star? By no means, but he places a perfect shot over Kosk’s glove, whereas half the Edmonton team cannot even hit the net! Why cannot the Oilers do the same things, quickly, decisively and purposely?? Is it all about swagger, confidence, or what?

    • hagar

      We know the Oilers can make you think they have a chance some games, and others they look disinterested and flat. I would wager as many championships in sports in general, have been won on effort as talent. Happens all the time epic teams go out early and some wipper snapper fart sniffers roll into the finals. This team doesn’t maximize its current potential under it’s current culture, and it will never change until the redundant, at nasium, leadership changes. Its truly a disease on the team. How many more years? Ladies and gentlemen.. I implore you to not fall for a random firing or press release again. We can at least never stop complaining

    • slats-west

      Your sample size was that game. However vegas doesn’t get to play the Oilers every night and other teams – have a forecheck, can make breakout passes out of the zone, have forwards who bacchexk and forecheck effectively and goalies who don’t allow goals in from shots to the middle of the net. We make a lot of teams look great – see those “smiles” on the Vegas faces on SN in the 3rd period? Was like they had just played a “hard shinny” game….

  • toprightcorner

    Sit Reider, drop Lucic down to the 4th line and put Rattie up with McDavid. He has the 5th best goals per 60 on the team. I don’t care if Hitch hates his guts, when on a skilled line, he can hold his own, Lucic cannot.

  • NickL89

    Alright guys, I keep hearing how other cities have a way better “fan experience” and I’m not sure what is meant by that. I’ve only been to NHL games here in Edmonton so I have nothing to compare them too so what are other teams doing differently? The only explanations I’ve heard have been replays and better music and I don’t think either of those things on their own would make for a better experience so can someone please elaborate?

  • Heschultzhescores

    Be realistic everyone, we were not EVER making the playoffs this year. Don’t feel so bad, it’s not any of us that have put the team in this situation. We can’t make them make the changes it takes to become competitive, that has to be done by a group of guys who are totally in love with themselves and the 80’s. Until a banner of Failure is lifted to the rafters to honour their record breaking dynasty of sucking, they will continue to deny and deflect how horrible they have done their jobs. We can all relax, it’s not our faults, we’re all victims of a delusional group of egomaniacal has-beens, and never-beens.

  • J.P Michaels

    Nseedles to say they won’t make the post season, they should start putting the “e” in front of the name in the standings, if anybody in the flippin media still believes they’re only 7pts out of a wildcard spot, give your head a shake

  • SRELIOFAN

    “I guess you want to see how Koskinen performs with a sizeable workload, but, well, early returns aren’t good.”

    It’s probably a good idea to see what the Oilers have in Koskinen before they sign him to an extension this offsea….. Oh wait. They did what?! SMH

  • The future never comes

    Where is those on so jolly positive Pete’s that just want a good effort and a participation ribbon for their Oilers because that only makes them a true fan! Wake up from your delusional nap and smell the reality roses. Just because you put pig on a lipstick…

  • tkfisher

    Remember, Vegas is created from choosing at best (one player from each teams deemed to be 10th most valuable on the team – meaning each team believes 9 players were more valuable than what they gave up/negotiated to give up). And in two years this is where they are. Since 2006, and a lot of high draft picks, this is where the Oilers are. I think there “might” be a management issue in Edmonton.

  • camdog

    Koskinen 22-17-4, 82 games = on pace about 90 point season. Numbers are still good, every goalie has a weakness, we all see it. When he’s tired it’s really evident, can’t play him on back to back. That’s the rule of thumb for every goalie in the league, old school coaches might not know this but everybody else does.

    The other goalie (can’t use his name – post probably get deleted) 11-15-3 on pace 66. That was the problem. The problem for next year is they over paid Koskinen and don’t have a back up to play 30 games a year.

    • Ted

      Well said camdog! The bigger problem is first pass out of the zone defenders as I can’t think of one pass last night! Nurse shooting the puck around the boards in your own end does nothing to get a clean break out hence only 19 shots on a weak goalie like Subban who still gave up 3! Can you imagine if we actually had a defensive core say like …. Hmmm …. most any other team in the league! Say like Nashville! It would be a night and day difference!