The Oilers looked like absolute shit on Saturday night, in a lopsided loss to the Calgary Flames. They were dominated in all facets of the game, and generated virtually no offence, while surrendering five goals to a non-playoff team.
Why did this happen? Well, I hate to editorialize, but this blogger places the blame squarely on you, the loyal Copper & Blue reader. Yes, you! You thought the Oilers were going to win this game, and the hockey gods are now punishing all of us for your hubris.
But, to get slightly serious for a moment, it’s obviously irresponsible to infer too much meaning from a single game. But, an off night from the Oilers’ stars underscored how little depth this team actually has, and how badly some reinforcements are needed if the Oilers intend to make any noise in the postseason this year.
Here’s Some Stats About That Shitty Game
According to moneypuck.com’s Expected Goals model, the Oilers lost the xG battle 1.13 - 2.43. That’s an incredibly low xG total, which passes the eye test, as the Oilers did not look dangerous at all. Calgary’s xG total doesn’t show the offensive dominance one might expect in a five-goal outing, and I think it’s fair to say that Mike Smith wasn’t at his best.
He’s been great this year, but his outbursts, which often appear to be directed at teammates, were getting a little old by the end of this one. But, again, I’m not here to editorialize.
On to the Next One
You know how the best remedy for a bad performance is often to get right back out there to redeem yourself? Well, the Oilers won’t be doing that. They have five days off before their next scheduled game, on Saturday against the Canucks, who will be coming off a much longer hiatus.
The Silver Lining?
It’s just one game, and the Oilers’ playoff chances are still extremely high. Plus, it’s entirely possible that they may upgrade their roster a bit on Monday’s trade deadline. Also, they have the world’s best player, and another top-5 player. Additionally, Edmonton is nice in the summer, which is approaching. None of these were really about tonight’s game at all, mostly because it sucked ass in every way. But, I decided to include this section, and it’s easier to type my stream of consciousness than it is to delete a header.