Oh my God, it’s finally over. I haven’t been more relieved for a season to be over since 2006-07.
The Edmonton Oilers are victorious! Edmonton closes out the season on a two game win streak with a 3-2 shootout victory. Mercifully, it’s all over.
It was the last game for Daniel and Henrik Sedin. An impressive career with over 2000 points scored between the two, they were unable to find a point on Saturday night. Leon Draisaitl scored a power play goal in the first, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins would score a come-from-behind goal in the second, and Connor McDavid, Michael Cammalleri would score in the shootout to put the bottle cap on this season. I couldn’t be more happy that this is over. Honestly, this year was about 50 games too many. Let’s never do this again. Please, let us move on.
Connor McDavid did everything for the Oilers this year. It’s the GM’s job to surround him with supporting talent in 2018-19 to help push the Oilers over the playoff bump. The Oilers are 17 points away from the final wild card spot in the Western Conference. Finishing a season at 78 points (down 25 from last year!) should cost Peter Chiarelli his job. I remain optimistic it will.
Connor McDavid finishes the season at 108 points, an incredible number when you consider that the Oilers are so far away from the playoffs this season. With two assists in last night’s game, he cements the fact that the Oilers are a lottery team without him. Let’s start winning so that we can have fun and talk about Oiler hockey for at least a couple more weeks into April next year.
Right, the game. I forgot.
- Oilers win, they finish with 36 wins on the year. Talbot was in net for 31 of them. He leads the league in appearances with 67. It’s 140 over the total of two seasons. It’s quite a lot. Would love to see Al Montoya (or whoever is number two) a little bit more next year.
- Two more assists for McDavid. Give the man another trophy. Specifically, the Art Ross. The Hart Trophy too, but that’s another conversation for another post.
- What should we expect from Milan Lucic next year? Guy finished the season with one goal in 46 games. I’m not even having a giggle pointing this out anymore. I hollered about Jesse Puljujarvi being on Lucic’s line and not getting any breaks. Can we move Milan Lucic from Milan Lucic’s line? Is this possible?
I’m tired. The season is over. The playoffs are here, and it will be like many years in recent memory where we wonder what could have been. Roundtables, draft coverage, beverages all in the future.
Thank you for reading.