Like watching Ben Scrivens play goal last season, today we witnessed Cam Talbot play almost an identical game against the Flames.
Usually I go through the good, the bad and the ugly in game. This loss to the Flames who have played 5 games in 7 days, played the night before while had their asses handed to them by the Canadiens and haven’t had more than a 1 goal lead in a game all season, is completely unexcusable and I will not be doing that. Today’s post is about complete a suckage by the Oilers.
The Oilers faced off against one of the worst teams in the NHL and managed to lose with 9 seconds left in the 3rd period. Thanks to some superb goaltending by Cam Talbot the Oilers had to dig themselves out of a 4-2 deficit just to make a game of it. It’s this kind of defense and goaltending that make young teams like the Oilers fall into a spiral of dispare. Two goals in tonight’s game were so Scrivens-esque that watching them made me want to do nothing more than just shut off the TV.
If the goaltending abomination was the only thing I may be able to get over it but add to that the play of Eric Gryba and Andrew Ference. These two drew into the line up over Mark Fayne. You may argue that Fayne hasn’t been stallar through out this season but no matter how you want to slice it he’s still better than either of those two options.
Sorry guys - Fayne definitely ISN'T the problem with Edmonton's D… Gryba is: pic.twitter.com/RwkZYo2Epl— Stephen Burtch (@SteveBurtch) November 1, 2015
Gryba has become McLellan’s J.F. Jacques. For some reason when shit happens it’s not Gryba’s fault. The problem is, more often than not, it is.
Losing to Calgary needs to be the wake up call that Chiarelli needs to fix this defensive corpse which is really starting to resemble a corpse.
Another thing I need to add here is that the "contact" on the goalie on the Oilers original 3rd goal was complete BS. It was coincidental and had absolutely nothing to do with the goal. Ramo was able to move to make the stop the problem was more so that Ramo just isn’t that good.
Tonight’s game was supposed to be a scheduled win and thanks to multiple circumstances it didn’t end up that way. Up next the Oilers take on the Flyers. The Flyers are basically the Oilers of the East, they aren’t great but they’ll be mediocre so you might want to keep an eye on them. I’ll take a shot in the dark here but my guess is Fayne is back in, Ference sits, Gryba will be a top pairing defenseman and Anders Nilsson will start in net. The game is on Tuesday which gives the Oilers 2 full rest days before hitting the ice again. See you then.