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GDB 80.0 Wrap Up: They teased us in the first period again, Oilers fall 6-2 in Colorado

At least the first period was fun? Final Score: 6-2 Avalanche

In last night’s wrap up, I wrote about how it was getting tough to be excited about game days and that point seemed amplified tonight. Even though we all kinda felt like the playoffs were nothing more than a pipe dream for a while now, the possibility of making it was mathematically intact (albeit on life support) and that gave us all hope for a miracle. Fully aware of the unlikelihood of sneaking in despite the horrible Western Conference, I was still enjoying the little window into fantasyland that math had been providing. Until the calculators told us that the dream was dead, there was room to be delusional. Now that that’s over… well… we’ve all been dished up a tough beet to swallow. I don’t know if a break between games would have made getting excited about the final three games a little bit easier, but I can tell you that sitting down to knock out 2000 words about what happened tonight wasn’t exactly at the top of my ‘for fun’ list. As a fan and a blogger, tonight was rough.

On the bright side, the Oilers came out flying in the first period and built themselves a two-goal lead, which actually did a pretty good job of turning my spirits around. Call me a sucker all you want, but at least I’m well aware of how vulnerable I am to the Oilers luring me back into their evil web at the first sign of success. I was sitting on my couch during the first intermission thinking that things had actually been going pretty well. The downside, of course, was when the boys dropped trou’ and left a turd on the ice in the middle frame, coughing up their lead by allowing four straight goals in a span of 7:48. I guess life comes at you fast, huh? To say that this game was an emotional rollercoaster after how it started to where it ended would be a massive understatement, but at the same time, it’s not overly surprising given how the Oilers often find ways to get us excited only to disappoint us and leave our hearts filled with sadness.

As our parents used to all say, I’m not mad about tonight’s loss but I certainly am disappointed… again.

The wrap.

THE BRIGHT SIDE

  • The game is over now.
  • Milan Lucic opened the scoring for the Oilers after he parked himself in front of the net and got his stick on the Matt Benning point shot. The big man hadn’t scored in a while but he had some touch on the deflection that gave him six on the year.
  • Darnell Nurse increased the Oilers’ lead to two goals with a beautiful individual effort that saw him dangling through the offensive zone and beating Varlamov with a goal that he would certainly want back. With this goal, Darryl became the first Oilers defenceman to register 40 points in a season since Sheldon Souray and Tom Gilbert both did it back in 2008-09.
  • How about another two-point night for Ryan Nugent-Hopkins? With tonight’s assists, RNH set a new career-high for helpers and increased his season total to 67 points.
  • At least we didn’t get outshot? 🤷‍♂️(29/29)
  • Do you like when the Oilers win 52% of the faceoffs taken? Of course you do. I mean, it didn’t matter in the end but I’m really short on bright sides.

THE FACE PALMERS

  • Nathan MacKinnon got the Avs on the board and cut the Oilers’ lead to a single goal after he broke in alone on a power play breakaway and made no mistake of burying his chance past Koskinen. The Oilers got themselves into penalty trouble as Brad Malone took back to back minors and MacKinnon wouldn’t be denied on the second chance.
  • Moments after MacKinnon’s goal got the Avalanche on the board, Tyson Barrie tied things up at two with a wrister from the circle that Mikko Koskinen has to stop. Yeah, the shot went in just inside the corner but it wasn’t particularly hard and probably should have been knocked aside.
  • With their third straight goal of the period, Alex Kerfoot gave Colorado their first lead off the night after he found himself with some space in the slot and perfectly placed to knock in a rebound in the empty cage. Kerfoot added a second goal in the third period when he crashed the crease and found a loose puck that he was just barely able to sneak over the line. I don’t really understand how there was a challenge of a challenge and I kinda forget that that’s a thing that happens now.
  • Colin Wilson added a fourth second-period goal after he pulled off a spin-o-rama from the circle that beat Koskinen low to the stick side. As a warning, you’ll have to re-watch this goal in every highlight pack over the next day or so.
  • Sven Andrighetto scored the Avs’ sixth goal of the night, but if I’m being honest, I had stopped caring by this point.
  • It’s tough to win hockey games when you allowed five-straight goals without being able to respond in any way.
  • For some reason, Ken Hitchcock thought it was necessary to give Mikko Koskinen another start despite the back-to-back games and I just can’t figure out why? I know Koskinen is the starter for next year and that the team wants to see how he’ll handle a heavier workload, but the stats are pretty clear on whether or not it’s a good idea to play a guy in two straight games. At least to start, Koskinen was very sharp and made some huge saves that allowed the Oilers to build themselves a lead. The problem was what happened next. Over the course of the final 40 minutes, Koskinen got torched from some tough goals that cannot go in on your starter and it created another round of chatter about what the Oilers are going to do in net. How are they going to solve this? Koskinen finished his night with 23 saves and a .793 save%.
  • Oilers failed on both of their special teams as they got shutout in their lone power play attempted, and allowed a goal on one of three against.
  • I can’t help but think of Tobias Rieder and the fact that there’s a very good chance he’ll run through an entire season with the Oilers without scoring a goal. That’s shocking to me. As I said last night, I assume he’s going to sign somewhere at league minimum for next season and end up with 12 goals and all of us will be shocked but not at all surprised.
  • With tonight’s goal by Lucic, Cam took a commanding 4-1 lead in the Lucic Goal Draft which means he’ll be buying horrible shirseys for everyone on the ON Radio Podcast. I don’t know what he’s going to get for me but I already know I won’t be happy about it.
  • Beets again? Why not. As always, you can join in on the #BeetCast conversation over on my Twitter account.

SCORING SUMMARY

1ST PERIOD

TIME TEAM DETAILS SCORE
09:20 Edmonton Milan Lucic (6) ASST: Matt Benning (11), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (38) 1-0
13:01 Edmonton Darnell Nurse (9) ASST: Sam Gagner (7), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (39) 2-0

2ND PERIOD

TIME TEAM DETAILS SCORE
04:56 Colorado PPG – Nathan MacKinnon (40) ASST: Gabriel Landeskog (39), Tyson Barrie (45) 2-1
05:56 Colorado Tyson Barrie (13) ASST: Nikita Zadorov (6) 2-2
07:43 Colorado Alexander Kerfoot (14) ASST: Matt Nieto (19), Erik Johnson (17) 2-3
12:04 Colorado Colin Wilson (12) ASST: Matt Calvert (15), Ian Cole (13) 2-4

3RD PERIOD

TIME TEAM DETAILS SCORE
07:30 Colorado Alexander Kerfoot (15) ASST: Gabriel Landeskog (40), Tyson Barrie (46) 2-5
15:07 Colorado Sven Andrighetto (7) ASST: Tyson Jost (14), Gabriel Bourque (6) 2-6

#GOODCONTENT

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DRAFT LOTTERY PARTY

As you may have heard, the Draft Lottery has been scheduled as its own show this year instead of being aired during the intermission of some random game. This gives us a great opportunity for the fans to come together and do what we do best, win draft lotteries. Jack Hughes is up for grabs in the number one spot and how funny would it be if we won again? #StriveForFive, amirite?

  • Where? At the Northside Canadian Brewhouse (12711 97 St NW, Edmonton, AB)
  • When? Tuesday, April 9th at 6 p.m
  • How much? The event is FREE to enter!

Source: NHL, Official Game Page, 4/2/2019 – 9:45 pm MT

  • SailorD81

    What would the Oilers have to ad to sweeten the pot to get a cap floor team to take Lucic? Before everyone piles on to say that it’s untradeable there have been many bad contracts traded over the last few years that most would have said were impossible. Dion was traded twice, Dave Boland is another guy that comes to mind, Clarkson. Would Ethan Bear and a second do it? Would the Oilers pull the trigger on that to just get rid of Lucic?

    • blobbo

      Haven’t we shipped out enough quality talent already because of the Lucic contract? Work on getting rid of the other dead wood on the roster. Lucic is still an experienced, useable forward and protector, albeit a very expensive one. Maroon is gone. Who else is going to settle a score on the ice? Sam?

      • A-co

        @blobbo then don’t play him over 5 minutes a game..he’s terrible out there…his role should be go out grab someone and beat them down if anything happens to one of his teammates…he can’t play a regular shift…another gift from pistol Pete that keeps giving…maybe they can convince Seattle to take him with a sweetner…there are a lot of d prospects in the system..but the sooner they can get rid of him the better

        • OilerForLife

          Lucic can’t be traded unless they pay a huge chunk of his wage, then we are paying him to play for another team which is the same thing as playing for us. No GM is going to take him unless they win the trade. They can’t buy him out because his contract is bullet proof, because we have to pay him for not playing at all. In all cases there is a no win situation. Chiarelli’s career in hockey is finished and he took the Oilers down for another 3-4 years. I’ll never not cheer for the Oilers but under the circumstances there is no chance of fielding a competitive team for quite a while. The Oilers must keep drafting well and trade players for at least equal value and pay it forward until. I no longer care what the fans of other teams think. We’ll have a chance of winning the lottery again and this time, by the time the bridge deals expire the money will be there to sign them.

      • SailorD81

        My wife (she’s an Isles fan) talked about who we would rather have, Lucic or Martin on Martins 2 mill a year deal which is an overpay to start with. And I could not make an argument for Lucic no matter how I tried.

      • OilerForLife

        Also he’s not used to playing as many games as he has played. That’s enough for this year. Stolarz should play the remaining games to see what we have.

    • regw

      My deperate hopes are that SOMEHOW we can get the expansion team in Seattle to take the Lucic contract off our hands. The new franchise will have the cap-room, and needs the leadership. The “sweetner” to make something like this happen, would be high, but the Lucic contract is like crippling creditcard debt, that isn’t going away anytime soon.

  • 50 Flex

    Why does Katz even own this team? Sure, he makes a ton of profit, but owning a pro sports team isn’t the best way to maximize his money. He could make more investing in other things. All owners know this. But they still do it because they are passionate about the sport and want to be involved in the league. Katz’s actions, or lack thereof, over the past 10 years don’t indicate that he really cares about the Oilers, so it begs the question why he is even involved in the first place.

  • Odanada

    The decision to play Koskinen a lot to build up his confidence is really working, isn’t it? Isn’t that on Hitch?
    Someone should stick a mic in BN’s face and ask him about Koskinen, so we can hear what the plan is moving forward.
    This is like a tire fire with an oil refinery on one side and a lumber mill on the other.
    The future is so bright, we better wear shades.

    • camdog

      Oilers made that same statement with Talbot. There was a stretch of a few years where he lead the league in games. Thing is with travel time in Edmonton is high and it takes something out of you. If you are out west and playing more games/minutes than anybody else in the league it actually has a greater impact than on a team in the east coast. Nobody in Oilerville understands that though.

  • Alfonso

    This is coming down perfectly … my preferred first round opponent for the Western Conference Regular Season Champions is the Colorado Av’s as the Flames match up very well with them … anyway, Yote’s lose & the Av’s win as the Oil did their part … Av’s now 4 up on the Yote’s for the eighth seed …

    Can always count on the Oil, lolo …

  • Flint

    I’m going to go apply for a job in upper management. They seem to be happy with overpaying incompetence. I’m good with both those job conditions. In fact, you pay me alot and I’ll even try and make it look like I know what I’m doing.

  • FanSince72

    How sad for the players in front of what is easily the worst goaltender in the league. Backhand shots from 30 feet go in, and McD just deflates. You can see it in his face. Why is that guy still in the net? He can’t catch, he can’t stand up, he can’t move his pads. He’s a goalie with a lower save percentage than Chris Russell. Remember those first years of hockey? Goalies would just lie down because at 6 years old no kid could raise the puck… thats Koskinen. Just lie down and hope it hits you. If he is back next year that would be a statement to all fans. Not a good one either.

  • That's My Point

    Goaltending is the KEY position.
    Talbot was 2nd or 3rd in wins when they made the playoffs the one year of the last 13.
    Until they get a GOOD one no playoffs.

    • AlexTheOilersFanSince2006

      Talbot was tied for 1st with 42 that year. He was first in games played, toi, shots faced, saves made, and starts. Even HE got burnt out that season. Remember when he got pulled in a back2back vs Anaheim and Colorado? We played Brossoit on the Saturday vs Colorado (a 4-1 W) and Talbot finished the season strong.