Morning After Blog: General Fucking Disappointment

What a goddamn, disheartening, nauseating, despicable, nuclear turd of a performance. We let the most mediocre hockey team in the league – a team stumbling to pick their shit up after stringing together 10 straight losses – walk into our barn and control the entire flow of the game. Virtually every single aspect was run by the Flyers. Their forwards were better. The blue line was better. Their goalie was better. Their coach was better. Their special teams coach was way fucking better. We got chewed up and dumped out by a team with nine wins. Philly has 10 wins and two of them are against us.

1st Period

I’ll sum it up with one gif:

2nd Period

Connor and Leon did a thing:

And then Philly’s power play went to work for what felt like the 11 millionth time:

I swear to god we get scored on like that in every game. Teams absolutely scout other teams’ poor ass tendencies and the Oilers complete and utter inability to stop a cross-ice pass must be on every tape ever. Jordan Weal was right in front of the net and yet he couldn’t possibly have been anymore wide open.

And then literally right after:

A wrist shot from the top of the circle, taken by one of the worst players and biggest bums in the entire NHL. The 2017-18 Edmonton fucking Oilers.

2-goddamn-1

3rd Period

Why the hell do we do this to ourselves:

What a $16 million shift by Kris Russell. Missed pass, falls down, can’t backcheck. After this year, we’re blessed with three more years of this. It’s okay though, his dad was a bull rider. He’s tough as nails. Grit.

Then, about 55 seconds after Ryan Rishaug criticized, of all people, Nuge:

Oh Nuge scored. No way! Love that emotion after the goal too. Guy’s an Edmonton Oiler, man. Please do not trade him for peanuts.

Anyways that didn’t fucking matter.

4-2 Philly

Thoughts

Me, trying to figure out this season:

Jesus goddamn actual Christ.

We haven’t scored a power play goal in eight games. We’ve gone something stupid like 0-15 in that stretch. So nobody is drawing penalties, and when we actually do, nobody is doing anything about it. Jay Woodcroft MUST have pictures of Todd.

Can you actually imagine having last year’s leading scorer and reigning MVP and being utterly useless on a mad advantage? It baffles my head. Fuck Jay Woodcroft for everything he’s never done. Fuck Todd McLellan from bringing him here. Fuck Peter Chiarelli and his general disappointment. Fuck Daryl Katz and his stupid goddamn LA house. And fuck my parents for raising me as a fan of this perennial nightmare.

We’re still rolling a 4th liner on PP1 and meanwhile the lunatic Finn who was born and put on this planet to launch clappers at the net is nowhere to be found, because reasons. Bummer.

Holy smokes if this is true:

So, this leads me to believe that Drake Caggiula and Ryan Strome will be healthy scratches on Saturday. A lot can change, but I’m guessing that Todd is kind of furious and wants to at least look at Walker/also (wisely) wants to get Tony back in the lineup. Jordan Eberle’s on pace for 30 goals this year and the guy we traded him for is about to be a healthy scratch in December. Imagine that.

Hey Taran:

The President of the Professional Hockey Writer’s Association and shit breathing shit bag, Mark Spector, is going senile. Here he is ripping into Laurent Brossoit at 9:05 PM:

And now here he is, exactly EIGHT minutes later, telling everybody to lay off of LB:

One can only assume that somewhere in those eight minutes, Mark read a tweet by an analytics person who was criticizing LB, and thus frantically went back to the keyboard to change his opinion but forgot to delete the original tweet. He literally said Sam Bennett would be better than Connor McDavid. Also:

The guy is all over the map. I actually appreciate a little Russell-well-deserved-goddamn-criticism from Spec, it’s kind of refreshing. But if you’re not going to stick to your usual bullshittingly idiotic rhetoric, at least admit you were wrong, man. Don’t blindly disregard everything you’ve said literally seven days ago.

Philly’s second goal was too many men. Philly’s third goal might have been offside. Who cares.

Ya that sucked but let’s watch last year’s Lady Byng winner do this in the shootout:

One mistake doesn’t cost you a game, especially when your offense plays like humungous assholes, but that second goal gets saved by any AHL goalie, never mind an NHL backup. That must be stopped. It’s spine-breaking. We have two days off then play back-to-backs against Montreal and Toronto. I’d think about giving Ellis one of those starts. Kid’s got some good AHL numbers and Brossoit might need a push or three. I don’t know about trading an asset for a backup or another team’s third stringer (Hutchison, CRIPS) yet. I want to see Ellis get a start before making any emotional decisions. I actually believe that kid is good. Granted, my beliefs are basically worthless these days. I believe the Oilers will start winning a lot of games and make the playoffs. I believe the Colts are a good team that happens to disappear in the 4th quarter. I believe Ryan Kelser clearly interfered with Talbot and we got majorly boned on that one. I might as well believe in Santa Claus, or the Easter Bunny. Time to grow up, Peter Pan.

On a serious note I do actually think that Ellis can be a good NHL backup.

The New Jersey Devils are in 7th. The New York Islanders are in 11th. The Edmonton Oilers are in 29th.

It was crazy to think, in August, that Peter was content with rolling practically the same team together minus a 22 minute per night, 35 point defenseman AND a 20 goal scorer, both of which he replaced with nobody, and he assumed the results would be ideal. Basically everyone on the team last year had career years and nobody except Nurse got injured and he figured that would all happen again or something, I don’t know? Yikes, man.

Finally, here’s Milan Lucic firing the feed off a McTwo-on-One directly back into Elliott’s chest:

He has five goals this year.

Gator’s Grinder of the Game

Patty for just steamrolling Taylor Leier into next year:

 

Yes, I’m aware that was one of the trillion penalties we took. The hit was still thunderous.

 

MOP

Blue, for being my boy:

He deserves better. That man is glorious.

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